Inaugurated in 2013, Casa Daros is the Rio de Janeiro flagship of the Daros Latin America Institute, founded in 2000 in Zurich, by Swiss art collector Ruth Schmidheiny, specializing in contemporary Latin American art. The museum occupies a beautifully restored 19th-century neoclassical mansion, framed by a stately row of imperial palm trees. The large rooms with high ceilings are perfect for showcasing the collection’s works, which include paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations, from the 1960s until today. Highlights so far have been the dramatic light installations by Argentine artist Julio le Parc and the whimsical cartoons of Mexican artist Pablo Helguera. Two smaller rooms also house an exhibit on the charitable organization that used to operate out of this mansion, before it fell into disrepair. A large collection of photos gives a fascinating impression of Rio’s history. Allow at least two hours to take in all the exhibits. The museum also has an excellent restaurant (see the review of Mira!).
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro› Attraction
Rua General Severiano 159
Our Rating Neighborhood Botafogo Hours Wed–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun 11am–6pm Transportation Subway: Botafogo, approx.10 min walk Phone 21/2138-0850 Prices Adult R$12, seniors and students R$6, children under 12 free. Free admission on Wed Web site Casa Daros