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Museum of Brazilian Naive Art (MIAN)

Museum of Brazilian Naive Art (MIAN)

Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf (MIAN) is the largest naïve art museum in Brazil, presenting works of both Brazilian and international artists. Naïve style can be described as simple, natural, spontaneous or even childlike and primitive. Most of the artists are self-taught painters who did not receive any formal education in arts.

MIAN was founded by a famous French jewelry designer; Lucien Finkelstein, in 1995. His greatest passion was naïve art and the museum was his gift to Cidade Maravilhosa. “Setting up MIAN, I consider as paying back a debt of gratitude, an obligation that I owe to this marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro, which welcomed me as Christ, with open arms, when I was sixteen and landed here...”

Tips for MIAN

  • 50% discount from entrance price if you have Corcovado train ticket. If the waiting line for the train is long, you can try MIAN first, it's just 50 meters from Corcovado train station.
  • Leaving the museum, don't forget to check out its backyard to grab a drink or a snack at “Da Cozinha Cafe” organic bistro.
  • Go to MIAN after seeing most of the attractions, you will appreciate the art more, as the paintings are mostly about the different sights of Rio.
  • Almost all Rio's museums are closed on Mondays. On Tuesdays many museums offer free entrance. Check the museum's website for exact information.

Quick facts

Type: museum
Touristic: no
Getting there: easy
Minimal transport: bus
Cost: cheap
Website: www.museunaif.com
Other names: Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf, MIAN, Museum of Brazilian Naive Art, Naive Art Museum
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