Where in the world to find CONTEMPORARY ART? Inhotim, Brazil!

Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with ‘reality,’ next to the ‘real’ world.” – Wassily Kandinsky

"Sonic Pavillion” by Doug Aitken uses high-sensitivity microphones placed in a 633-foot hole to deliver the bass murmur of Earth’s inner depths. Image courtesy of Doug Aitken Studio.

We’re used to seeing contemporary ART in urban settings. So a 5,000 acre oasis of contemporary ART in the remote hills of Brazil caught our attention in a recent New York Times article by Simon Romero. Reclusive Brazilian mining magnate, Bernardo Paz, is passionate about gardens and ART, so over the years

Mr. Paz, creator of Inhotim. Courtesy of Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times.

he has combined the two.

The botanical garden containing rare plants and more than 1400 species of palm trees also features over 500 works of art by Brazilian and foreign artists,

"Sonic Pavillion” by Doug Aitken. Image courtesy of Doug Aitken Studio.

including Doug Aitken, Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, Yayoi Kusama and Thomas Hirschhorn. Read more about this extraordinary marriage of ART and nature. Better yet, why not visit Inhotim the next time you are in Brazil!

ART and nature have always been easy

Mayme Kratz, she and Lanterman work together to create the Dark Matter Series, available at ARTprojectA.

companions. Fortunately you don’t have to travel to Brazil to enjoy the harmony between the two. ARTprojectA features the work of exceptional artists whose work is deeply inspired by nature (like Forrest Moses, Kirk Anderson, Bob Smith and Ruth Silverman) or who use organic materials from nature as the basis of their work (Owen Mortensen [featured in our blog recently] Mayme Kratz & Tim Lanterman).

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MAYME KRATZ AND TIM LANTERMAN - Dark Matter 012, 2010, 2.5"x8"x1.5", Gelatin silver print, resin and sunflower petals on panel, $600 at ARTprojectA

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