Museum of Naïve Art, Cosme Velho
Rio de Janeiro
Tel: 55 21 2205 8612
Concierge.com's insider take:
Brazil's "naïve" artists, a radical, self-taught group, shimmy free of tiresome artistic rules and restraints, relying instead on earthy sentiment and gutsy passion—and large doses of fun. This 6,000-work collection of naïve art, housed in a century-old mansion in Cosme Velho, includes colorful depictions of street scenes and local fauna. The most compelling works are devoted to soccer. Central to the collection is a giant rendition of a football supporter clad in the colors of rival nation Argentina; as the fan clutches a transistor radio to his ear, a large tear wells up in his eye. The work's title is cruelly simple: Goal to Brazil.
Open Mondays noon to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Friday 10 am to 6 pm. Call ahead for appointments.