‘We’ve lost the ability to be surprised by life,” Bernardo Paz told Newsweek in 2013. “We have to regain the sense of being a child again.” 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 he said. 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?”

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Bernardo Paz

Brumadinho, Brazil

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Despite Paz’s optimism, Inhotim abounds with dark imagery. From pools full of carnivorous fish that sometimes bite the visitors to a sink that appears to be overflowing with blood to a concrete wall that seems to ooze human entrails, Paz’s paradise has its share of the macabre as well.