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High up in the Gávea neighborhood and surrounded by the lush Floresta da Tijuca, the house where Walther Moreira Salles and his family used to live became in 1999 the headquarters of the Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro. IMS Rio offers exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and cultural events, and shelters the institution’s photography, music, literature and iconography collections. The house, planned by Olavo Redig de Campos with landscape design by Roberto Burle Marx, is a landmark of 1950s modern architecture and an attraction in itself.
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476 - Gávea
Bus lines: Troncal 5 (Alto Gávea x Central via Praia de Botafogo); 112 (Rodoviária – Alto da Gávea via Túnel Rebouças / Rio Comprido); 538 (Rocinha-Botafogo); 539 (Rocinha-Leme); Ônibus executivo (frescão) Praça Mauá-Gávea
By car / bike
Car and bicycle parking at IMS Rio are free. The parking ticket must be validated at the reception desk before exit.
Exhibitions and the gardens have free admittance.
If you show symptoms of influenza or covid-19 (fever, coughing, difficult breathing), follow the guidance of the health organizations and do not visit IMS Rio.
Empório Jardim cafe and restaurant
Celebrating the work and legacy of Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), this is an investigation of the writer's poetics, bringing together 300 items, including manuscripts, photographs, letters, records, press articles, and other documents.
A key name in Brazilian literature, Lispector also had a great interest in the visual arts. Connections between Clarice's works and those of women who, during the same period (1940s-1970s), left their mark on the history of Brazilian art, propose a web of relationships with new and surprising reciprocal readings
Use of face masks is advisable, including for children (starting from 6 years old).
We have hand sanitizer available at the entrance and in all other areas. You may use it whenever you wish. Sanitize your hands frequently.
Cleaning of restrooms and all other areas is intensified.
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Free Wi-Fi is available.
IMS Rio does not allow film and photographic records using the building as location, and does not rent or offer its premises for any activities, events or projects by third parties.
Personal photography is permitted, without flash or other professional equipment. Taking pictures will not be allowed in some of the photography exhibitions due to copyright restrictions. Share your picture on Instagram using the #imsrio tag.
Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited in the galleries. Pets are not allowed. Guide dogs are welcome.
Parents or responsible adults and teachers must always accompany children during school and group visits. IMS educators, guards, and receptionists will alert the adults in charge when children are near dangerous spots or if their behavior is deemed inconvenient to other visitors.
By entering the premises of IMS Rio, visitors authorize the use of records of their image during visitation for archive, documentation, publicity and broadcasting purposes, as well as other unforeseen uses.
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IMS Rio aims to provide full access for all visitors. Signs have been provided for persons with special needs and there are two elevators accessing the galleries.
The bookshop carries items designed for and related to IMS collections including books, catalogues, reviews and other periodicals, DVDs, posters, photographs, bags, and materials related to IMS events and exhibitions.