The artworks were acquired over 60 years featuring an important collection of Brazilian Modernism and Informal Abstractionism.

Art as an expression of History

Roberto Marinho’s private collection, including paintings, prints and sculptures began with a bet on artists of his generation. Many of them were still unknown at that time, such as José Pancetti, Alberto da Veiga Guignard and Candido Portinari.

There are also works by Di Cavalcanti, Ismael Nery, Lasar Segall, Milton Dacosta, Tarsila do Amaral, Burle Marx, Djanira, Iberê Camargo, Antonio Bandeira, Alfredo Volpi, Tomie Ohtake, Manabu Mabe, Maria Martins, Bruno Giorgi, and Ariano Suassuna among others.

Besides its focus on Brazilian art, there is also a selection of works by foreigners, as Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Raoul Dufy, Fernand Léger e Marina Helena Vieira da Silva.

The collection is a reflection of its time. In the first half of the twentieth century Brazil was recycling itself, becoming less rural and more industrial. New trends of the European artistic movements were gradually assimilated and transformed by the Brazilian context. In the 1930s, painters took Brazil as a topic and language.

Ingeborg ten Haeff

Asymmetric space and the tension between the abstract and the figure are at the core of the work by Ingeborg ten Haeff. In these two canvases the scale is not a question of size: it plays a role as significant as the colors, balances, textures, marks of the pictorial process, and the vestiges remaining on the canvas.

We are grateful to John Githens, a scholar of Slavic languages, professor of Russian at Vassar College, and Ingeborg’s husband for 42 years (1969–2011), for having donated these works to Instituto Casa Roberto Marinho. Their presence in our collection will allow this important artist, who always maintained links with our country, to begin to be garner her rightful place among the history of Brazilian art, partially constructed by artists of other nationalities.

Lauro Cavalcanti | Executive Director ICRM

Artists of Roberto Marinho's Collection

Alberto Guignard

Alfredo Volpi

Angelo Venosa

Anita Malfatti

Anna Bella Geiger

Antonio Bandeira

Antonio Manuel

Arnaldo Pomodoro

Beatriz Milhazes

Beth Jobim

Burle Marx

Candido Portinari

Carlito Carvalhosa

Carlos Vergara

Cícero Dias

Cristina Canale

Daniel Senise

Di Cavalcanti

Djanira da Motta e Silva

Emeric Marcier

Fernand Léger

Franz Weissmann

Giorgio de Chirico

Giovanni Battista Castagneto

Hilal Sami Hilal

Iberê Camargo

Iole de Freitas

Ismael Nery

Jean Cocteau

Jean Lurçat

Jorge Guinle

José Pancetti

José Bechara

Lasar Segall

Lena Bergstein

Luciano Figueiredo

Luiz Aquila

Luiz Zerbini

Malu Fatorelli

Manabu Mabe

Marc Chagall

Maria Bonomi

Maria Martins

Maria Polo

Marie Laurencin

Mario Sironi

Maurice de Vlaminck

Mela Muter

Milton Dacosta

Paul Signac

Paulo Climachauska

Raoul Dufy

Raul Mourão

Regina Silveira

Roberto Magalhães

Roberto Moriconi

Roberto Rodrigues

Salvador Dalí

Sônia Delaunay

Suzana Queiroga

Tarsila do Amaral

Tikashi Fukushima

Tomie Ohtake

Tsuguharu Foujita

Vânia Mignone

Victor Brecheret

Vieira da Silva

Vittorio Gobbis

Waltercio Caldas

Wanda Pimentel

Yolanda Mohalyi



An outstanding segment in the Roberto Marinho Collection consists of the paintings from the second phase of Brazilian modernism (from the mid-1930s through the 1940s) and the works of nongeometric abstractionism, from the 1940s until the end of the 20th century.

The show ACERVO [Collection] on the ground floor of Casa Roberto Marinho – during the interval between the retrospective shows Maria Martins and O Tempo completa, clássicos e inéditos de Burle Marx – features 22 artworks by 9 artists.

Aug 21 - Sep 19

Casa Roberto Marinho Rio de Janeiro

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Alberto da Veiga Guignard
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The Artist's Choice in the Roberto Marinho Collection

This show caps off the House, Garden, Collection trilogy. And for Casa Roberto Marinho, dedicated to Brazilian modernism, it opens new paths in the permeable border between the modern and the contemporary.

For the show A Escolha do Artista na Coleção Roberto Marinho [The Artist’s Choice in the Roberto Marinho Collection] five leading visual artists were invited to select pieces from the Casa’s collection with the aim of producing an interaction with their own works. A fundamental intention of this project was for the “conversation” to take place in the terms established by the artist themselves.

Mar 13 - Sep 19

Casa Roberto Marinho Rio de Janeiro

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Ione Saldanha
Ripas, 1991

Previous exhibitions

Maria Martins

Maria Martins

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - MAR 13 TO AUG 08 2021

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Books and Art

Books and Art

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - OCT 03 TO JAN 31 2021

Trusteeship: Leonel Kaz



Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - OCT 03 TO FEB 12 2021

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Double Gaze: Brazilian Modern Painting and Photography

Double Gaze: Brazilian Modern Painting and Photography

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - DEC 06 TO AUG 09 2020

Trusteeship: Paulo Venancio Filho e Marcia Mello

The Garden

The Garden

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - DEC 06 TO SEP 13 2020

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Foreigners in the Roberto Marinho Collection

Foreigners in the Roberto Marinho Collection

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - JUL 19 TO NOV 10 2019

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Djanira: the Memory of Her People

Djanira: the Memory of Her People

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - JUN 28 TO OCT 27 2019

Trusteeship: Isabella Rjeille e Rodrigo Moura

Modernos +

Modernos +

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - DEC 07 TO JUN 09 2019