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Join Sue Gardiner in South America in 2018. Take in contemporary art and cultural highlights including the Sao Paulo Bienial, a visit to Inhotim (world famous sculpture park near Belo Horizonte), and time taking in Rio visiting work of architect Oscar Niemeyer and landscape architect Roberto Burle-Marx. Enjoy Buenos Aires art, culture of course Tango. This is a comprehensive itinerary that will provide you a unique overview of contemporary art in South America.

Day 1 – Friday, October 12

Tonight we depart on Air New Zealand to Buenos Aires.
On arrival transfer to our hotel and rest of evening at leisure.
Arriving same day.

Day 2 – Saturday, October 13 Buenos Aires

This morning we meet in the lobby for departure at 9.30am.

We start our time in Buenos Aires with a walking tour.
Guided by a renowned historian and professor at the University of Buenos Aires, we will be treated to a tour of beautiful Buenos Aires & its neighbourhoods, focusing on the most significant sites, with an emphasis on cultural and socio-political events that shaped the growth of a village that became megalopolis. Notable highlights will include the Main Square, the colonial town-hall, the financial district (Buenos Aires’ answer to Wall Street), Plaza de Mayo and its neo-classical Cathedral, the ’Casa Rosada’ (“Pink House”) Presidential Palace, plus numerous Neoclassical jewels along the Avenida de Mayo.

We will stop for a coffee at Café Tortoni, the oldest coffee house in Buenos Aires, rich in both tradition and flavour. A true institution, this historic cafe has served as the artistic and intellectual capital of Buenos Aires since 1858, hosting notable guests such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio de Caro, Cátulo Castillo, and José Gobello
The traditional neighbourhood of La Boca, has been suffering a strong transformation with art galleries and cultural institutions moving to this area. It has become an artsy and vibrant part of the city.

This afternoon we visit Fundación Proa. A private art center located in the heart of La Boca.
Important exhibitions like Louise Bourgeois and Kazimir Malevich were held at PROA.
We may also visit Usina del Arte, Barro Art Gallery and Isla Flotante Gallery.

Tonight there is an exclusive visit to a private collection.

8:30 pm Welcome dinner at Fervor.

Overnight at Recoleta Grand Hotel.

Day 3: Sunday, October 14 Buenos Aires

This morning we another private collection to provide us with a complete overview of Argentinean art in the last fifty years.

A second private collection visit showcases local artists like Jorge Macchi and Guillermo Kuitca, whilst exhibiting such international stars as Olafur Eliasson. This couple have been collecting for over thirty years, and have acquired an inspired selection of art that betrays their passion for contemporary Argentine art, in addition to their commitment to its practice: both the Tantica Foundation and a fellowship program are products of their desire to encourage and promote art in – and from – Argentina.

Lunch locally is included

This afternoon visit the San Telmo Market, where we will find anything from antique typewriters to old coins before visiting the Museum of Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and the Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA).
We may find time to also visit Coleccion Fortabat should time allow.

Overnight at Recoleta Grand Hotel.


Day 4: Monday, October 15 Buenos Aires

This morning we visit an artists studio before a visit to MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires).
Where we will enjoy lunch and a guided tour.

We will visit the Ruth Benzacar Gallery, where we will meet with its director Orly Benzacar and look at works by Jorge Macchi, Eduardo Costa, Pablo Siquier, Graciela Hasper and Marcelo Pombo.

Should time permit we will visit an artists studio before finishing back at the hotel.

Tonight you have the opportunity for a “Dinner and Tango Show”.

Day 5: Tuesday, October 16 Buenos Aires-São Paulo

Free morning to explore Buenos Aires on your own and afternoon transfer to airport.
This afternoon we fly to Sao Paolo and on arrival transfer to our hotel for the next four nights.

Overnight at Tivoli Mofarrej

Day 6: Wednesday, October 17 São Paulo

Welcome to Sao Paolo

This morning we visit to the 33rd São Paulo Biennial curated by Gabriel Perez Barreiro. The second oldest art biennial exhibition in the world, and since its inaugural edition in 1951, there have been 32 Bienals exhibiting 67 thousand works by 14 thousand artists from over 160 countries and seen by 9 million visitors.
We will have a morning guided tour of some of the highlights and you will have some free time to revisit the show on your own after lunch so you can enjoy some of the many videos and installations at your own pace.

Lunch is included at the Museum Bistro before a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) and free time at the Bienial.

This evening visit the private home of local collectors.
Overnight at Tivoli Mofarrej


Day 7: Thursday, October 18 São Paulo

This morning we will visit the Pinacoteca a beautiful exhibition space that links contemporary art with classical pieces. The building was renovated by Paulo Mendes da Rocha (winner of the 2006 Pritzker Prize) in 1993. His restoration of the 19th-century building included adding glass roofs for the courtyards, transforming the central courtyard into a slightly sunken auditorium and connecting the upper galleries with metal catwalks.
From here we will visit to Galpão Fortes D’Aiola & Gabriel Gallery.

Directed by Marcia Fortes, Alessandra d`Aloia and Alexandre Gabriel, this gallery is the most reputable in São Paulo. It represents very successful Brazilian artists like: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Iran do Espírito Santo, José Damasceno, Leda Catunda, Nuno Ramos, Rivane Neuenschwander, Osgemeos and Los Carpinteros.

Lunch is at Edificio Copan by Niemeyer at Bar Dona Onça.

After lunch visit Pivô, a cultural center located at Edifcio Copan. In the last four years it became one of the most influential and interesting art spaces in São Paulo.

Should time permit we will visit a local collectionfeaturing works by Sandra Cinto, Adriana Varejao, Jac Leriner and Vik Muniz.

Overnight at Tivoli Mofarrej.


Day 8: Friday, October 19 São Paulo

We start the day with a studio visit before visiting Galeria Nara Roesler

Nara Roesler shows more than forty artists, many of them Latin American practitioners of various generations, including those born in the 1920s and ‘30s, like Hélio Oiticica and Julio Le Parc; Paulo Bruscky and Antonio Dias, born in the ‘40s; and children of the ‘60s and ‘70s, such as Vik Muniz, Virginia de Medeiros, and Cao Guimarães. Nara Roesler also works with artists hailing from other parts of the globe, representing Daniel Buren and Isaac Julien in Brazil.

Lunch at Skye, in the Unique hotel, designed by local star architect Rui Othake. Skye is considered one of the city’s most sophisticated restaurants boasting panoramic views of Ibirapuera Park and the São Paulo skyline.
Possible studio visits of artists Sandra Cinto and Albano Afonso.

She is represented by Casa Triângulo Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Sandra Cinto shares a studio with multimedia installation artist Albano Afonso, also represented by Casa Triangulo and Fernando Pradilla in Madrid.

Visit Casa Triangulo’s new space by Metro arquitects. Casa Triângulo, founded in 1988, in São Paulo, stands out as one of the most important and respected contemporary art galleries in Brazil. We will see work by young artists like Mariana Palma, Yuri Firmeza as well as renowned artists like Sandra Cinto.

Overnight at Tivoli Mofarrej.

Day 9: Saturday, October 20 São Paulo-Inhotim

Early Hotel Check out and flight to the city of Belo Horizonte. On arrival, we head straight to Inhotim.

Mr. Paz maintains his art collection in modern pavilions spread throughout acres of gardens, lakes and walkways. Each building interacts with the natural surroundings and compliments the tropical landscape. Featured artists include Jose Damasceno, Tunga, Cildo Meireles, Janet Cardiff, Doug Aitken, Ollafur
Eliasson, Tunga, Mathew Barney, Dan Graham, Carlos Garaicoa, Jorge Macchi, Adriana Varejao, Cristina Iglesias and any others.

Lunch first then visit the collection until 5pm.

Check in at hotel Nova Estancia.


Day 10: Sunday, October 21- Inhotim

A Full day at Inhotim today.

Overnight Nova Estancia

Day 11: Monday, October 22 Rio de Janeiro

Depart to Rio this morning.

This afternoon enjoy a walking tour in downtown. We will learn about Brazilian History at Praça 15 de Novembro and visit the first place where the King of Portugal lived in Rio de Janeiro when he arrived. We will then walk through charming alleys to learn more about the past and arrive at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. We will then continue walking through the Olympic Boulevard built for the games and finish at the Calatrava Museum.

This afternoon an Artist Studio Visit is on the cards and two dealer galleries before adjourning to our hotel for the evening.

Overnight at Miramar Hotel

Day 12: Tuesday, October 23 Rio de Janeiro

This morning there is a private collection visit before we travel to Niteroi across the Guanabara Bay to visit the almost complete buildings by architect Oscar Niemeyer: Fundação Oscar Niemeyer (Niemeyer Foundation), Teatro Popular (Popular Theater), Memorial Roberto Silveira (Museum of Niteroi).

Visit The Contemporary Art Museum in Niteroi, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1996, will be our next visit. Built in a spectacular and privileged location surrounded by mountains and overlooking the ocean, the museum is one of the architect’s most prized masterpieces.
Lunch at the Museum Bistro is included today.
This afternoon return to Rio de Janeiro on a sailing boat across Guanabara Bay and a visit to Pao de Acucar. Rio’s quintessential iconic mountain for a breath-taking view of the city.

Overnight at Miramar Hotel

Day 13: Wednesday, October 24 Rio de Janeiro

This morning we are off to visit the Roberto Burle Marx Gardens.

Roberto Burle Marx was a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. He was one of the first people to call for the conservation of Brazil’s rainforests. More than 50 plants bear his name. He amassed a substantial collection of plants at his home, including more than 500 philodendrons.

Lunch locally is included. On our return to town we stop off at to Galleries in Gávea.
Carpintaria, Anita Schwartz and Silvia Cintra Opened in November 2016 by Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Carpintaria is its Rio de Janeiro branch. The project is part of the Vila Portugal complex, a cultural and gastronomic center located in the premises of Jockey Club of Rio de Janeiro, and it occupies the building where an old carpentry used to function – hence the name choice. The space was remodelled by Pedro Evora and Pedro Rivera, from Rua Arquitetos, with the concern of keeping its original features as conserved as possible. The only radical change was the elevation of the ceiling height, but the wooden A-frames and the original tiles have been kept. It is a large and versatile space, overlooking the racetrack and the city´s mountains.

Overnight at Miramar Hotel

Day 14: Thursday, October 25 Rio de Janeiro

Our last full day in Rio will incorporate a private collection visit, lunch the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro and Studio visit before a farewell dinner.

Overnight at Miramar Hotel

Day 15: Friday, October 26 Rio de Janeiro

Free morning to enjoy Rio de Janeiro at your own pace.

3:30 pm Transfer to the International airport.

4:30 pm Check in for LATAM flight JJ8022 at 6:55 pm arriving 9:25 pm in Buenos Aires at Ezeiza. Connecting to Air NZ to Auckland at 12.05am.

We land in Auckland on October 28 at 5.35am.

Day 16: Sunday, October 28 – Auckland

Arrive home at 5.35am this morning



FULL PRICE IS $15299.00 NZD per person  

4 Nights Buenos Aires
4 Nights Sao Paolo
2 nights Belo Horizonte (inhotim)
4 nights in Rio

As usual Sue and I will be travelling, and we will have a good deal of assistance on the ground too.

Hotels: Recoleta Grand Hotel in Buenos Aires, Tivoli in Sao Paulo, Nova Estancia Belo Horizonte, and Miramar in Rio de Janeiro
• Domestic airfare from São Paulo to Belo Horizonte, and from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro, economy class.
• Group transfer to and from International airport in Buenos Aires to hotel, all domestic
transfers and out from hotel to International airport in Rio de Janeiro. NOTE: Only one
group transfer provided. Individual airport transfers must be coordinated with the hotel
concierge and charged to the guest room.
• Meals as outlined in itinerary: daily breakfasts and 5 dinners and lunches
• Bottled water, sodas, fruit juices, wine and beer are included at all meals.
• Transportation in an air-conditioned private coach
• Program direction and coordination, full-time escort from Art Quest International.
• Local guides in each city as necessary
• Entrance fees to all museums and events listed in itinerary
• Tips to guides, drivers, restaurant staff, and hotel porters


• International Airfares (Economy $from 2200, Premium – approx. $4000, Business Approx $7500 – $9000)
• Travel Insurance (Mandatory)

Deposit of $1250 is due by Friday 22 December
An Interim Deposit is due by 1 April of $1500
Remainder Payment is due 1 August 2018

Cancellation fees and other House of Travel terms and conditions apply

Travel Insurance is mandatory and should be taken out at time of deposit
A moderate degree of fitness should be required for this tour as there will be walking and climbing stairs required.