In anticipation of the international art fair ArtRio in September, Rio de Janeiro inaugurates CIGA (Circuito Integrado de Galerias de Arte) this year, which will assemble a rich program through 40 leading galleries, museums, and institutions, spanning Rio de Janeiro. Taking place May 16th–18th, CIGA engages seven vibrant districts across the city, through a series of openings, workshops, performances, lectures, and studio visits. The event will serve to showcase Rio’s thriving art scene and its Brazilian and international artists.
CIGA begins on Friday, May 16th, and runs through Sunday, May 18th, with programming across the city; all gallery activities are free and open to the public. Below, find an outline of the weekend’s events.
Friday, May 16
3–5pm: Gallery openings in Botafogo and Copacabana neighborhoods, including numerous galleries in the Shopping Cassino Atlântico.
Saturday, May 17
11am–3pm: Gallery openings in Ipanema, Leblon, and Centro neighborhoods, including visits to artist studios in Fábrica Bhering (a former chocolate factory, which now hosts 50 artist studios and 20 small businesses), Morro da Conceição, and Largo das Artes (an independent contemporary arts center).
2–5pm: Gallery openings in the Jardim Botânico.
4–8pm: Gallery openings in Gávea.
Sunday, May 18
International Museum Day: May 18th is dedicated to the city’s prestigious and dynamic museums and cultural institutions, including Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM-Rio), Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Casa Daros, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Casa França-Brasil, and Paço Imperial.
Find a detailed schedule of programming, here.