A Brazilian Federal Court sentenced on Friday (Nov.17) businessman Bernardo Paz – a partner of a mining company in Minas Gerais and creator of Inhotim, one of Brazil’s leading contemporary art enterprises – to nine years and three months in prison for the crime of money laundering arising from the evasion of social security contributions.
In the 1980s, Bernardo Paz converted to a ranch not far from Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais capital) into a sprawling, 5,000-acre botanical garden designed by the late landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. The project began when Brazilian contemporary artist Tunga persuaded Peace to start collecting contemporary art. Eventually, I have allowed artists all the space and resources they needed to create larger-than-life works. The garden, which boasts two dozen art “pavilions”, opened to the public in 2006. The pavilions include more than 500 works by noted Brazilian and international artists, such as Hélio Oiticica, Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor, Thomas Hirschhorn, Dominique Gonzalez- Foerster, Steve McQueen,  Cildo Meireles and Vik Muniz. One pavilion is devoted to one of Paz’s ex-wives, the Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão.