Instituto Inhotim is located in Brumadinho, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, and the third largest metropolitan area in Brazil. Inhotim features an internationally relevant art collection, located within 110 hectares (271 acres) of forests and botanical gardens.
Besides the galleries dedicated to solo presentations of artist and the permanent outdoor works, four galleries - Fonte, Lago, Mata and Praça - house temporary exhibitions drawn from the growing contemporary art collection which now consists of more than 700 works by 200 artists from different countries around the world. By collaborating with artists in commissioning new works and adapting existing ones to new spaces, Inhotim’s artistic projects have dealt with landscape and nature, and have accumulated an impressive grouping of large-scale works. Having arisen from a private garden, Inhotim has developed an intensive line of work aimed at the preservation and development of vegetation and botanical research, pursuing new ways to preserve the biodiversity of the surrounding region and Brazil.
Alongside its cultural role, activity that has qualified the institute as a civil-society organization of public interest (OSCIP) recognized by the Brazil’s Federal Government and by the State of Minas Gerais, in 2010 the institution received the official title of Botanical Garden by the Comissão Nacional de Jardins Botânicos.
The botanical collection is shown in the institution’s gardens signed by the landscape designer Pedro Nehring and maintained in climate-controlled greenhouses and it contains about 4,200 species of plants, many of them threatened with extinction. In addition to these fields of art and botanical collection and research, Inhotim offers educational actions and an important program of social inclusion and citizenship for the local population, through programs developed with the local communities, organized social groups, corporate segments, public sector and regional institutions focused on culture and tradition.