A Brazilian ‘Disney of the Future’
Inhotim, which may be the single-largest outdoor modern art museum in the entire world, is fueled primary by the dreams, and cash, of mining millionaire Bernardo Paz. Stretching for 5,000 acres, the museum plays host to a number of stunning pieces, some of which can be seen above.
But beyond its artistic value, Paz sees his project as a means to help prepare the world for a “post-contemporary society.”
"We will have 15 to 20 years of revolts and much violence, since those who were never informed are now being informed, on the Internet. The poor are learning about the lives of the rich," he says, wearing Louis Vuitton slippers and mud-caked athletic trousers.
He adds that the wave of protests that took hold of Brazil in June are just the beginning of a long and painful process. The Vatican, for example, will fall. “We will have a period of fatigue, and finally, a process of maturation.”
In Paz’s mind, Inhotim will serve as an incubator for art, culture and humanity that will endure this period of unrest and allow humanity to pick up the pieces.
Read more on Inhotim in one of our Column One features.
Photos: Vincent Bevins / Los Angeles Times