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The MAR promotes a cross reading of the city’s history, its fabric social, its symbolic life, conflicts, contradictions and challenges.

Inaugurated on 1 March 2013, the Museu de Arte do Rio promotes a transversal reading of the city’s history, its social fabric, its symbolic life, conflicts, contradictions, challenges and social expectations. Its exhibitions unite historical and contemporary dimensions of art through national and international exhibitions of long and short duration. The museum also rises with a mission to insert art in public education, through its Escola do Olhar.

MAR is located in Praça Mauá, in two buildings with both heterogeneous and interconnected profiles: the Dom João VI Mansion, listed and eclectic, which houses the exhibition rooms, and the neighbouring building, in a modernist style – originally a bus station – where the Escola do Olhar is situated.

With its own collection – in the process of being built through acquisitions and donations that correspond to its agenda – MAR also counts on the loaning of works from some of the best public and private collections in Brazil for the execution of its programme.

A proactive space for the support of education and culture, the museum was born with a school – the Escola do Olhar – whose museological proposal is innovative: to foster the development of an educational programme of reference for actions in Brazil and overseas, bringing together art and education starting from the curatorial programme that guides the institution.

An initiative of  the Rio City Hall Hall in partnership with the Roberto Marinho Foundation, MAR performs activities that involve the collection, registration, research, preservation and returning to the community of cultural goods – in the shape of exhibitions, catalogues and multimedia and educational programmes, as recommended by Unesco.

​An initiative of the City Hall of Rio in partnership with the Roberto Marinho Foundation, the Museum of Art of Rio started to be managed by the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) since January this year. The Odeon Institute was responsible for the operationalization, support and execution of cultural activities and services for the complete management of the Museum of Art of Rio since its​

​​The museum has the ​​ ​​Instituto Cultural Vale as a maintainer, ​ Equinor as the master sponsor, ​ ​​Bradesco Seguros as the sponsor, all through the Federal Culture Incentive Law, and, as a co-sponsor, the ​ Grupo PetraGold, through its own resources.

​Escola do Olhar has the support of ​ Itaú Cultural, ​Machado Meyer Advogados and ​ Icatu Seguros via the Federal Culture Incentive Law. Through the Municipal Culture Incentive Law – ISS Law, it is also sponsored by the  Grupo GPS, RIOgaleão, ICTSI Rio Brasil, ONS (Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico) ​and HIG Capital.

MAR also counts on the support of the State Government of Rio de Janeiro and realization of the Special Secretariat of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and the Federal Government of Brazil, through the Federal Law of Incentive to Culture.

  • Architecture

    The architectural design of MAR was created by the Rio de Janeiro office Bernardes + Jacobsen. The museum complex encompasses 15 thousand square metres and includes eight exhibition rooms and approximately 2,400 square metres, divided across four floors; the Escola do Olhar and technical support and reception areas, as well as services for the public.

    The two buildings that make up the institution are united around a square, a walkway and a fluid, wave-shaped roof – the most striking trait of the architects’ calligraphy – turning them into one harmonious whole.

    Proactive space to support education and culture, the museum was born with an innovative school – the School of Look.

    To develop a space where Rio meets and reinvents itself through knowledge, art and the experience of the gaze, with an emphasis on the formation of a collection and education.
    To transform the relationship of Rio with art into a process of the formation of emancipatory citizenship.
    Public sphere: MAR belongs to everyone and is for everyone Democracy: To actively listen to society Excellence: Being tireless in the pursuit of quality Institutional autonomy: to guide intellectual and administrative action (management model) Transparency: making processes, actions and results public Proactivity: in cultural and administrative action in order to fulfil our mission