Instituto Moreira Salles

About the Museum


The Instituto Moreira Salles, also known as the IMS, is a non-profit organization founded by Walter Moreira Salles (1912–2001) in 1990 and managed by the Moreira Salles family. Its goal is to promote the development of cultural projects mainly in five areas: photography, literature, libraries, visual arts and Brazilian music. Part of its photographic, literary, and musical database is available through its website. It has four cultural centers around Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Poços de Caldas and Belo Horizonte), and four galleries (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba e Porto Alegre). It is distinguished from other private cultural institutions in Brazil and abroad by its intervention practices.

Projects are focused on initiatives that the institution already executes and provides and projects are done on a short and long-term basis, moving away from short-sighted events as well as developing regular projects that educate and inform the public. Another important feature of this institution is that it is located in three different states in Brazil, building a network of integrated cultural centers that work in different geographical and cultural areas with a unified goal. It often works together with the Unibanco Cinemas | Espaços Unibanco de Cinema/Unibanco Arteplex, being the biggest private conglomerate dedicated to cultural activities in Brazil.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons: Halley Pacheco de Oliveira)

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