Scandal and Disaster at Imhotin Art
: Matt Sandy : BBC : May 2018
The great art museum is like Brazil itself – beautiful, vast, mired in scandal and tragedy.
The vision of an eccentric entrepreneur, Bernardo de Mello Paz, it has 500 contemporary artworks spread amid hundreds of acres of gardens with 5,000 plant species. A truly amazing place.
But the entrepreneur has been arrested, and the recent hotel housing Imhotin’s guests have been flattened by the tragic dam burst at a nearby mine, which killed hundreds.
SummaryThe Inhotim Institute, as the museological complex is called, is set in botanical gardens in the countryside of central Brazil.
With 500 artworks ranging from three multicoloured Volkswagen Beetles to a swimming pool-cum-address book, and 140-hectare gardens boasting 5,000 plant species, Inhotim has been heralded as the finest art destination in Latin America.
But that idyllic vision was left tainted after a federal judge sentenced Paz, who became a billionaire through a network of mining and steel companies, to more than nine years in jail for money laundering late last year.