I wanted to go and visit the Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf do Brasil at the weekend, but, well, it’s a bit of a palaver to actually get there. Not its location – it’s right next to the little choo-choo train that takes you up to Big Jesus Thingy – but actually getting in. The website has no opening times on it; the booklet that the hotel has about galleries has no opening times; and when I called the number, there was no answer. Hmmm. So I sent them an email, which prompted a strange exchange, asking if I could come between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday. Yes, I can. What time exactly? 3pm would be great. Okay, see you then.
I didn’t have my watch with me, and I arrived half an hour early. The gate was padlocked shut, and after several rings of the buzzer, it seemed like nobody was going to come and open. So I had a coffeee nearby, waited ’til 3pm, and went back. This time, someone came out and let me in. Not really sure that this place is gonna get many passers-by dropping in for a look. Which is a real shame, because it’s a magnificent place. Three floors with small-ish rooms crammed with great Brazilian and (mostly) Latin American naive art.
Here’s some details of a few of the paintings rather than whole paintings, cos, well, the detail photos turned out better. Like an idiot, I forgot to jot down all of the names of the artists and titles. Sorry. I do know, though, that the one above and the next five pictures are details of a massive painting (4 x 7 metres) of the city of Rio de Janeiro by Lia Mittarakis called “Rio De Janeiro, Gosto De Você, Gosto Desta Gente Feliz” (“Rio De Janiero, I Love You, I Love Such Happy People”)
This was by someone from Ecuador…
… and this was by someone from Mexico.
The rest are all Brazilian if I remember correctly.