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Sunday, October 14, 2018

ArtTable TOURS | Brazil

Start Date: 10/14/2018 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/20/2018 11:10 AM EDT

São Paulo, Brazil 

Organization Name: ArtTable + Altour

Mary Beth Brown
Email: travel@arttable.org
Phone: 212-343-1735 ext. 10


São Paulo, the 33rd São Paulo Biennial; the Inhotim Institute, Brumadinho; Belo Horizonte

October 14 – 20, 2018


ArtTable's trip begins in São Paulo–Brazil’s largest city is home to some of the most important museums in South America, a wealth of modernist architecture, an energetic gallery scene, sophisticated collectors, and artists of international stature who are represented in the most important collections worldwide. The food is fantastic, and our accommodations will be 5-star, in the exclusive Jardins district in the heart of the city.  

The first three and a half days of the trip will be action-packed, including a private, guided tour of the São Paolo Biennial, followed by independent time there to explore; guided tours of several museums, including Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chauteaubriand (MASP), one of the most influential contemporary museums in South America. Designed by Brazilian-Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most important architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture, and inaugurated in 1968, the modernist design makes the museum an architectural attraction in its own right. The Pinacoteca Do Estado de São Paulo, the city’s oldest (1905) museum, emphasizing Brazilian art from the 19th century through today, and the Museu Afro-Brasil, where over 6,000 artworks comprise the museum’s collection, the largest to highlight the importance of African people in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity. There will be private visits to collector’s homes, galleries, and a special visit to PIVÔ Art & Research, the city’s most vibrant and influential alternative space, devoted to supporting experimental and process-based art. We will also visit the private home of Lina Bo Bardi, a glass house she designed in 1950 in what was then the remnant of the Mata Altantica, the original rainforest surrounding São Paulo; it is not open to the public (pictured above).                

The São Paulo Biennial is the second oldest biennial in the world (founded in 1951) and the most anticipated contemporary art event in Latin America. The 2018 Biennial, the 33rd, will be curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director and Chief Curator of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. The curatorial concept of this Biennial is called “Affective Affinities.” As a way of questioning the predominant thematic model in contemporary curatorial projects, Pérez-Barreiro has invited seven artists from different backgrounds, generations, and practices, to each conceive a group show in which their work engages in dialogue with their peers. Distributing the decision making and focusing on the creative relationships between processes and artists, the collaborators are Alejandro Cesarco, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Claudia Fontes, Mamma Andersson, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas and Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Pérez-Barreiro will also curate separate, solo exhibitions within the Biennial. The Biennial takes place in an architecturally important building, the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture.


6 nights, 7 days (4 nights in São Paolo; 2 nights in Brumadinho)


Member price (double occupancy)

$5,200 $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable =  $5,950

Member price (single occupancy)

$5,750 $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable =  $6,500

Guest price (double occupancy)

$5,200 $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable =  $6,300

Guest price (single occupancy)

$5,750 $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable =  $6,850


  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel for 6 nights (5 star property in São Paulo; rural country inn in Brumadhino)
  • Breakfast included at both hotels
  • WiFi at São Paulo hotel ; reception at the inn in Brumadhino cannot be guaranteed
  • All lunches and dinners (wine included only at dinners)
  • Ground transportation
  • Round trip intra-Brazil flights (from São Paulo to Belo Horizonte (for Inhotim) and back to SP)
  • Museum admissions, tours and guides
  • Taxes and gratuities


  • International flights to/from São Paulo (intra-Brazil flights included in trip price)
  • Visa for Brazil
  • Room incidentals
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended, Altour can help)
  • Alcohol at lunches

1st payment due: January 12, 2018: $2,000
2nd payment
April 6, 2018
(dependent on type of room):

Member (double occupancy): $3,200

Member (single occupancy): $3,750

Guest (double occupancy): $3,550

Guest (single occupancy): $4,100 3rd

Payment due: July 15, 2018: $750

This payment is the $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable.

*Please note the first two payments will be collected by the trip organizer Marella Consolini.

Members will be given priority. Guests are invited to attend with a member. Registration for guests opens on January 8th. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an ArtTable member. This trip has limited space and is expected to sell out.

This trip is being led by ArtTable member and travel guru: Marella Consolini with ALTOUR. Previous art tours she has organized for ArtTable include: Utah to see Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels, June 2017, as well as Mexico City and the Yucatán, February, 2016.

Reminder: Brazil is in the Southern Hemisphere; it will be springtime. Temperatures will range from highs in the 70’s to lows around 60. It will be a few degrees warmer in Brumadinho (Inhotim), which is close to 400 miles NE of São Paulo. There could be some rain. São Paulo is 3 hours ahead of EST. On October 15, 2018 the sun will rise at 5:34 am and set at 6:11 pm (in São Paulo). Visas are required; they are time-consuming to obtain and their cost starts at approximately $160, which is not included in the trip price. You must start the process at least 90 days prior to departure. You will need to supply photographs and will be required to surrender your passport while the visa is being processed. Altour can help with this; there is a fee. Flights depart NY in the evening and arrive in São Paulo the next morning – a 10 hour nonstop flight. On the return, flights depart São Paulo in the evening and arrive in the US the next morning.


The Ballroom, part of the Pampuhla compound designed by Oscar Niemeyer, Belo Horizonte

This event is full. Registrations will be added to the waiting list.

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Closed: 1/31/2018 11:10 AM

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