The Institute


Antonio Carlos Jobim always adored the Botanical Gardens. His name has become synonymous with preserving the country’s ecological and cultural heritage and his vision has been a constant source of inspiration for new generations. His life-long concern with ecology led us to create the Antonio Carlos Jobim Institute in May 2001, not only to preserve his collection and make it available to public, but also with the idea of developing educational projects on ecology and the arts in general.

From the Institute’s outset, the idea of a public space to house the memory and collection of Antonio Carlos Jobimhas been associated with the Botanical Gardens by the family and friends of the maestro, and by the affection that Tom always showed for what he called “my beloved Botanical Gardens.”

The Collection House forms part of the Tom Jobim Space,located within Rio de Janeiro’s Botanical Gardens. It stores Tom Jobim’s physical and digital personal collection, safeguarding the artist’s original works so that future generations willalso have the privilege of knowing them.

In parallel the Institute alsoruns projects for cataloguing, conserving and providing access todigital collections of other artists who, like Tom Jobim, represent the best of Brazil. Currently the Institute’s digital space containsthe collections of Tom Jobim, Lucio Costa, Dorival Caymmi, Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil. The collections of Milton Nascimento and Paulo Moura are now being implemented. The Institute’s diverse team includesmusicians, researchers, historians, designers and architects, adding considerable expertiseto the work of cataloguing each collection.

The Collection House has a permanent space dedicated to the maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim, which was recently inaugurated and open to the public. This multimedia space displays documents, personal objects, photographs, books to be perused and consulted, and iPads for the public to surf the Institute’s web portal.