Memorial da América Látina
Niemeyer fans will either love or disdain this late ’80s ensemble of nine concrete buildings that comprise the Memorial da América Látina (Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade 664, Barra Funda, tel. 11/3823-4600, www.memorial.org.br, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Tues.–Sun., free). The absence of greenery accentuates the barrenness of the architecture.
Of more interest is what’s inside the buildings themselves. The Pavilhão da Criatividade contains an enticing permanent exhibition of traditional arts and crafts from all over Latin America, while the Salão de Atos houses Portinari’s giant 1949 masterpiece, Tiradentes, painted to honor the 19th-century Mineiro freedom fighter. Contemporary art exhibits as well as dance, theater, and film events frequently take place.
Getting to Memorial da América Látina
To get to Memorial da América Látina, take the Metrô to Barra Funda.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition