Art guide during the Olympic season

Exhibitions and urban interventions about sports and Brazilian identity will take place during the games.

By Bruna Velon

The biggest event in the world has brought to the city things that have never happened here before, including to its art scene. The special schedule of, urban interventions, exhibitions of emblematic pieces of Brazilian art, includingAbaporu by Tarsila do Amaral, and the creation of pieces inspired by the Olympic Games are spread around the city. Several artistic languages are praising Rio, the sports, and Brazilian culture, besides, of course, honouring the interaction happening between millions of people and the city. Check this list of artistic expressions that will take place, especially during the Olympic period.

Rio Esporte Arte

Five large scale urban art paintings will be integrated into the carioca scenery. In total almost 2 thousand square metres were painted on the sides of large buildings in Lapa, Centro (city centre), Região Portuária (port zone), Praça da Bandeira and Maracanã. This was all done with scaffolding, safety equipment and a lot of paint – all really high up! During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the artists Thiago “Tarm” Molon, Bruno Big (picture), Nicolau Mello, Matheu Velasco and João Nitcho will illustrate the outdoor sports practiced in Rio, of course including cycling and diving. The cultural project will form a beautiful corridor of street art in places with an intense flow of people and at touristic sites of the city.

A Cor do Brasil (The colour of Brazil)


Having an exhibition that provides an overview of Brazilian art since the colonial period until the 21st century, with more than 300 pieces, is already a big deal. For the first time, since the 20 th century, the paintings Abaporu (1928) and Antropofagia (1929) by Tarsila do Amaral, who is considered to be the first lady of Brazilian modernism, are coming to Rio. The exhibition, which brought pieces from several parts of the world, is divided into three galleries: Landscapes and Modernism; Modernism and art autonomy; and Opinion, Tropicália, 80s generation and Colour of the 20 th century. The circuit is made up of master-pieces from Frans Post to Anita Malfatti, Portinari, Lasar Segall e Beatriz Milhazes.

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  • Schedule: Sun 10:00 às 17:00, Tue 10:00 às 17:00, Wed 10:00 às 17:00, Thu 10:00 às 17:00, Fri 10:00 às 17:00, Sat 10:00 às 17:00

Eduardo Kobra

The largest graffiti wall in the world was painted especially for the Olympics. The record is by the artist Eduardo Kobra, who painted the impressive mural Todos Somos Um (We are all one), at the recently opened Orla Conde (in front of Armazém 3), with jaw dropping dimensions, colours and beauty. “I chose to paint 5 faces of different ethnicity to celebrate the native people of each continent. This is a take on other murals I’ve done, like Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, all related to peace”, the artist told Top5 Rio. He chose Tapajós, from de Amazon (Americas); Karen, from Thailand (Asia), Huli Tribe, from Papua New Guinea (Oceania); Chukchi people, from Siberia (Europe); and Mursi, from Ethiopia (Africa).

Posters of Rio 2016 Games

Alexandre Mancini, Antonio Dias, Beatriz Milhazes, Claudio Tozzi, Ana Clara Schindler, from Estúdio Preto e Branco, Gringo Cardia, Gustavo Greco, Gustavo Piqueira, Guto Lacaz, Juarez Machado, Kobra (picture) and Rico Lins form the team of artists that were chosen to create the official posters of Rio 2016 Games, a tradition that started in the Stockholm Games of 1942. Each artist did their own interpretation of the games and the images will be on exhibit at Parque Olímpico (Olympic Park) in Deodoro, but it’s also possible to buy reproductions in two different sizes: 28cm x 42cm, costing R$30, and 60cm x 90cm, costing R$50, from the Rio 2016 shops.


The French artist brought to Rio one of his most celebrated projects, ‘Inside Out’. A photo studio that was assembled in a small truck and is going around several points of the city. People are invited to get in and be photographed by the artist. The pictures are instantly printed into paper posters and are glued to the floor, forming a big mosaic, throughout the Olympics, at Orla Conde. The artist is also doing gigantic 3D installations in specific places, such as Aterro do Flamengo, Barra da Tijuca and Morro da Providência, this is his most recent project.