Inothim, twilight of utopia

Chronicle by Luc Clément


Visiting the Inhotim Park in the Brazilian province of Minas Gerais means confronting a twofold constraint. On the one hand, fleeing the syndrome of a commercial amusement park where works of art replace pseudo-cultural activities. On the other hand, ambling through a venue which has already become legendary. Although or natural suspicion should have led us towards the first of these, the exceptional quality of the site won over in the end. True, there is no escaping the constraints of the exercise of a tourist itinerary with marked paths everywhere, service golf carts, threatening signs and endless queues. Yet, Inhotim differs in a singular manner from traditional artefacts of this type, revealing the influence of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, who imposed his elegance and fluidity.

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