‘We’ve lost the ability to be surprised by life,” Bernardo Paz told the Wall Street Journal in 2013. “We have to regain the sense of being a child again.” In a rare interview, Paz made this statement somewhere in the wilds of Inhotim, his 5,000-acre art complex in Southeast Brazil, consisting of 21 art pavilions and hundreds of art installations. Inhotim is the mining magnate’s gift to the public—a Disneyland-esque present from a man who has no desire to spend his money on himself. “I am building Inhotim for people who have never had access to art and culture. You have to open their minds. That’s the future,” Paz was quoted as saying. He rarely leaves the complex. As a woman in the nearby village said, “He has created a paradise for himself. Why would God leave his heaven?”
Copyright 2017, Art Media ARTNEWS, llc. 110 Greene Street, 2nd Fl., New York, N.Y. 10012. All rights reserved.