Over 5,000 gouaches, drawings and other works by Iberê Camargo (1914-1994), one of Brazil's greatest artists, are preserved at the Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre.
Created in 1995 with the collection left by the painter to his wife, Maria Coussirat Camargo, the foundation is housed in one of Porto Alegre's - and Brazil's - top architectural attractions: a building designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. The project won the Golden Lion in the 2002 Architecture Biennale in Venice.
The three-story project on the banks of the Guaíba River is environmentally responsible: rainwater is reused in the restrooms, the building has its own effluent treatment system and the foundation has adopted the green area on the slopes that surround the building, where recovery of the original vegetarion is under way.
Collection and Exhibits:
Besides exhibits featuring Iberê Camargo's works, the foundation also promotes contemporary art by other artists, for example engravings produced by participants in the Guest Artist in the Iberê Camargo Atelier program.
The most important themes in Iberê Camargo's work - cyclists, idiots and spools - are well represented in the permanent exhibits. For a sample of those and other major streams in the artist's production, browse the links in the "Acervo" (Collection) page of the official Fundação Iberê Camargo website.
The foundation has a coffee shop with a view to the Guaíba River and a store selling art books and design objects. Both are open during the same hours as the exhibits.
Fully accessible; wheelchairs available.
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun noon to 7 p.m.; Thur noon to 9 p.m.
Address & Contact Information:
Av. Padre Cacique 2000
Porto Alegre - RS - Brazil
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