Instituto Inhotim began to be conceived in the mid-1980s by Minas Gerais businessman Bernardo de Mello Paz. With time, this parcel of private land was transformed into a unique place, with one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in the world and a botanical collection containing rare species from every continent. The collections are used as tools for the development of educational and social activities involving various age groups. Inhotim, a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP) has also constructed various areas for interaction with the surrounding communities. Through its multidisciplinary activities, Inhotim has continuously consolidated its role as a driving force for sustainable human development.
The founding of the Instituto Cultural Inhotim, a nonprofit institution aimed at the conservation, exhibition and production of contemporary art, in conjunction with social and educational actions.
The beginning of prescheduled visits by schools of the region and specific groups.
Opening to the public at large on a regular basis and with a complete infrastructure for visitation.
Creation of the Directorship of Inclusion and Citizenship, aimed at regional development.
Recognized as a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP) by the Minas Gerais State Government.
The federal government also recognizes Inhotim as an OSCIP.
Receives official botanical garden status from the National Commission of Botanical Gardens (CNJB).
Release of the Friends of Inhotim Program.
The Psicoativa Tunga Gallery is inaugurated, with a retrospective of the 30 years of activity of the artist who first influenced businessman Bernardo Paz to invest in contemporary art.
In Belo Horizonte, the Inhotim School project is begun, a platform of activities aimed at training in art and the environment.
Inhotim presents its accounting reports in accordance with the Brazilian standards for not-for-profit entities.
Located in the Paraopeba Valley, Brumadinho possesses natural beauty as well as historical and cultural wealth. With a population of 35 thousand, the city has an area of 634.4 km² and is located at the end of the Espinhaço Massif and the beginning of the Western Tableland. Settlement of the region began with the arrival of the unsubmissive people of the War of the Emboabas who came with the aim to mine gold, free from the high taxes levied by the Crown. Together with the community of Bonfim do Paraopeba, in 1832 Diogo Antônio Feijó (aka Regente Feijó) also created the counties of Matheus Leme and Piedade do Paraopeba. The district was created in 1923, and split off from Bonfim in 1938, joining with the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte. Ever since its creation, Instituto Inhotim has established multidimensional relations with the city, as a place where city residents find work, while also serving as a driver of social, educational and cultural development.
Bernardo de Mello Paz
Cláudio de Moura Castro
José Carlos Carvalho
Interim Artistic Director
Deputy Executive Director
Botanical Garden Director
Projects and Fundraising Manager
General Maintenance Manager
Human Resource Manager
Botanical Garden Manager
Cláudio de Moura Castro
Alexandre Guillermo Hernan Nogueira
Álvaro Teixeira da Costa
André Corrêa do Lago
Jorge Pinheiro Machado
José Israel Vargas
Renato Janine Ribeiro
Vicente Falconi Campos
Allan Schwartzman – Chief Curator
Fernanda Arruda – Adjunct Curator
Marta Mestre – Curator
Cecília Rocha – Assistant Curator
Maria Eugenia Salcedo – Assistant Curator
Inhotim’s artist gardener, collaborator since 1986 and current landscape artist responsible for enriching and updating the Institute’s gardens.
Luiz Carlos Orsini
Responsible for the landscaping project of 25 hectares of Instituto Inhotim, designed between 2000 and 2004.