The new headquarters of the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) underscores the importance of an institution that preserves and celebrates Brazilian culture based in the vibrant creativity of Rio de Janeiro. The museum’s collection is evidence of the fundamental role of the city of Rio de Janeiro in the development of Brazilian civilization. It is this identity, in the form of art and culture, that the MIS archives, honors and exhibits.
The “street corner”, as a symbol for a gathering place and fertile ground for the creation of art in Rio, is a theme running through the exhibitions.
The MIS is a living museum where contemporary culture is continuously incorporated into the collection. The wealth of material gathered by the museum, already known as an important archive, is presented in dynamic exhibits. Visitors can access the over 42,000 items in the collection of Radio Nacional, be immersed in carnival or let themselves be transported by the bossa nova vibe. They can experience a night out in Rio, from poetry slams to funk dance parties, or marvel at Carmen Miranda’s outfits.
The sense of humor, irreverence, creativity, festive spirit and a critical eye of Rio’s residents are celebrated along with film, theater and television productions. Visitors can journey through Rio de Janeiro and see how the city has evolved in photographs by Augusto Malta and the works of modern filmmakers. The MIS will host a range of cultural events, such as outdoor concerts and films.
About the building design and project team
The design of the museum also creates a connection to the city. The MIS’s new headquarters is located in one of the most famous spots in the country, Copacabana Beach. The project, by the American firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, was chosen from among submissions from architecture firms in Brazil and around the world.
The architects incorporated the famous wave-like pattern of the Copacabana Beach sidewalk into the building’s facade to create a “vertical boulevard”. The grand overlook on the front of the building makes the view of Copacabana accessible to all. The museum also ensures physical and content accessibility.
Building design and construction update
The building project is moving forward and will be entering its final stage of construction. As part of the anticipated procurement process, the contractor will be selected for execution of the interiors work. More information will be made available once the construction company is selected and the schedule is determined.