With a collection of eleven thousand pieces, mostly works by Brazilian artists from the collection of Gilberto Chateaubriand, the museum is an architectural project of Alfonso Eduardo Reidy and landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. The museum runs an interesting programme, but is sometimes limited by a lasting lack of funds. The museum maintains its operations through partnerships and sponsorships. Programming is determined by curatorship.
Traditionally the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ) had great importance for design and went through a golden period during the 70s, when it housed the Industrial Design Institute, created by the designers Karl Bergmiller, Goebel Weyne and Maurício Roberto, its objective being a design information and dissemination centre. It organized the International Industrial Design Biennale of Rio de Janeiro in 1968, 1970 and 1972, as well as exhibitions but was shut down at the end of the 80s.
MAM-RJ has the Novo Desenho Shop that specializes in Brazilian industrial design. More than a shop, Novo Desenho is a culture point where designers from Rio meet and launch their products. It was created in 2004 by the designer Túlio Mariante, who in the 80s had been president of the Industrial Designers Association of Rio de Janeiro, a leader in the defence of their professional interests. The Novo Desenho is a privileged showcase to accompany the state of Brazilian design, above all in the field of objects.