Jul 11, 2017

The IDB presents the exhibition "Inhotim: At the Crossroads of Glocal Change"

The art exhibition combines artworks and technological experiences, and proposes new perspectives on climate change and biodiversity conservation

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presents the exhibition Inhotim: At the Crossroads of Glocal Change that features art pieces and audiovisual experiences inspired by the Brazilian contemporary art center, which is also a botanical garden.

Inhotim is a unique space that combines nature, art, architecture and human development in the city of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, in the southeastern region of Brazil. The Institute has more than 4,500 plant species and a collection of art by 250 artists from over 30 countries.

In its first international exhibition, Inhotim invites viewers to understand pieces from its artistic collection and its landscapes, and to reflect on the impact of climate change as well as the local and "glocal" actions that could mitigate its effects.

The works exhibited feature elements of nature, such as water, earth and plants, as they interact and overlap with human actions while the overall audiovisual experiences present Inhotim from a panoramic aerial perspective, a microscopic view, and a 360° virtual tour, all of which are added to sound compositions inspired by its gardens.

"Inhotim is an example of art at the service of humanity, both for its local actions to support the community where it is located, and for the influence it can exert on the global debate of climate change," said Trinidad Zaldivar, head of The IDB's Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Division.

This is also the first exhibition originating out of an IDB-financed technical cooperation, which recognized in Inhotim an agent of positive 'glocal' change for the harmonious way in which human creation and nature coexist on its grounds. The name of the exhibition commences with the term 'glocal', which refers to the interdependence between the local and global context, in which local actions and events have global repercussions, while transformations on a global scale affect local scenarios.

“The Inhotim project demonstrates the importance of natural resources and biodiversity for resiliency to climate change impacts. It seeks to inspire partnerships between public and private actors in support of such approaches” said Amal-Lee Amin, chief of the Climate Change Division.

The public opening reception will be on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Additional information and free registration is available at

The Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC is the official partner for the promotion of the exhibition and, as the opening reception sponsor, Google will present the artistic and cultural content that both Inhotim and the IDB have in the Google Arts&Culture platform during the reception.


Participating artists and works


I Believe, 1992 - 2000



Copo d’água [Cup of Water], 2006 - 2007



Areca, 2016

Braquiária noturna, 2016

Brumadinho, 2016

Cica, 2016

Trepadeira [Enredadera], 2016

Pau Brasil, 2016

Hortelã [Menta], 2016

Palmas, 2016

Bananeira [Banana], 2016

Mostera deliciosa Leaf, 2016



The Sarzedo Drawings – Bomb, 2002, from the collection Pictures of Earthworks

The Sarzedo Drawings – Envelope, 2002, from the collection Pictures of Earthworks

The Sarzedo Drawings - Key, 2002, from the collection Pictures of Earthworks



Beam Drop Inhotim, 2008 (video of its creation)


What: Inhotim: At the Crossroads of Glocal Change

When: from July 18 to October 13, 2017. Open Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, 20577. For a guided tour, call (202) 623-1213.


About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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Soledad Guerra
IDB Cultural, Solidarity and Creative Affairs Division

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