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Casa Daros: art, education and communication

 

Casa Daros was a space for art, education and communication, housed in a stately 19th-century building in neoclassical style, preserved as an official historical heritage site of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Designed by architect Francisco Joaquim Bethencourt da Silva (1831–1912), it stands on grounds of more than 12 thousand square meters in the Botafogo district in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The cultural institution was opened to the public in March 2013 and concluded its activities in December 2015. It belonged to Daros Latinamerica, one of the most comprehensive collections dedicated to Latin American contemporary art, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The Daros Latinamerica Collection has about 1,200 artworks, including paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, and installations, by more than 120 artists, and it is constantly expanding.

 

The space in Rio de Janeiro has presented exhibitions of the Daros Latinamerica Collection and was strongly focused on art and education – with a wide range of activities for the public. It has also offered a schedule of seminars and meetings with artists in its auditorium, as well as a library specialized in Latin American contemporary art, a Documentation Space, a Reading Space with catalogs of the collection’s exhibitions, a restaurant / café and a shop.