Discover a cultural hub set in 1920 splendor at the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center. This six-story building, listed by the State Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage of Minas Gerais, hosts art, films, plays, and more, making it a center for the arts and entertainment. The sheer diversity of the programming and the wonderful architecture make it a must-see attraction when in Belo Horizonte.
Historic and cultural value
The building that houses the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center opened in 1930 and housed the headquarters of the revolutionary forces of Minas Gerais during the Revolution that same year. In 1931, the building hosted the visit of the British Royal Family to Belo Horizonte. The princes Edward VIII and George VI were greeted by authorities of the Minas Gerais State with a feast and decorations in the colors of Great Britain's flag. The building's striking architectural design by Luiz Signorelli, founder of the School of Architecture of Minas Gerais, displays neoclassical and art deco influences. The entrance hall of the building is decorated by a majestic granite staircase with a metal body and the magnificent stained glass above it.
Enjoy a schedule that's full of exhibitions, theatrical performances, and music concerts. The center, spanning 8,000 square meters, is part of the Praça da Liberdade (Freedom Circuit) and a favorite among tourists. Since it opened its doors in August 2013, more than 2.5 million people have visited the building, which hosts some of the biggest names in the art world. For example, its exhibition on female artists included paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, videos, and installation art made by the likes of Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, and Suzanne Valadon.
Visiting the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center
Apart from the diverse and accessible schedule for the public, the center offers bilingual support to visitors, presenting information in Portuguese and English. They also produce educational programming: workshops, dramatized visits, and laboratories which tell not only the history of the capital but also the history of the whole country. Before you leave, make sure to grab a bite to eat in the café or purchase a souvenir in the bookshop, which sells interesting and beautiful art books. The Bank of Brazil Cultural Center also offers 1,200 square meters of exhibition space—two permanent exhibition rooms, a theater with capacity for 264 seats, and a multipurpose room for audiovisual activities, debates, conferences, workshops, lectures, interactive, and educational activities.