February 28, 2010

An hour away from Belo-Horizonte there’s an amazing garden and gallery hybrid space called Inhotim.  Set in the red Minas Gerais country side, it used to be a farm, and has been converted to an amazing complex, with gardens designed by Roberto Burle Marx and different galleries featuring different contemporary artists over the 45-hectare space.  It was amazing–meticulously maintained and cared for, with interesting, thought provoking art.

It was hard to capture how extraordinary the complex was in photos, but here’s a few just to present an idea.

Also, I was totally smitten by these natural wooden benches they had everywhere.

It’s also interesting to be in Belo-Horizonte after seeing more of the country and traveling through the northeast.  It’s a beautiful city.   I was  a little burned after the Fortaleza experience, but Belo-Horizonte is elegant, set into the rolling hills of Minas Gerais.  Marjory and Eduardo’s house is stunning. huge and glassy, with beautiful views.  We went to dinner last night on Rua Curitiba, a street that looked like Jardims in Sao Paulo, with leggy twenty-something girls in mini-skirts and high heels, and chic restaurants.


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