Rio's once rundown port zone is now the focus of a major investment and regeneration program, and the 2013 opening of the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) has provided a compelling reason for visitors to head to this part of town. The attention-grabbing museum structures—a colonial palace and a modernist former bus station, united visually by a wavelike postmodern form that floats on stilts above them—represent an impressive feat of architectural reimagination. The eight
gallery spaces inside the buildings contain permanent collections of surrealist, modernist, and naif artworks, along with painted depictions of Rio. The temporary exhibitions here are generally quite good.