In an effort to strengthen the culture of Brazil and of other countries, Odebrecht sponsors studies and the subsequent production of books that conserve the heritage of the Communities where it operates.
Artists and researchers receive support to develop projects that contribute to strengthening the identity of each social group. The result is a large collection of works on the most diverse art forms, such as music, painting, sculpture, poetry, tapestry and pottery.
In recent years, the Group has supported projects on the modernism of Tarsila do Amaral, the lenses of Cravo Neto, the Bahia of Caymmi, the classic compositions of Villa-Lobos, the cordel of Elomar, the talent of Clarival do Prado Valladares and the paintings of Lula Cardoso Ayres, Alberto Valença and Portinari, among other important artists.
Tapestry consolidated its place as an art in medieval France, becoming more popular during the reign of Louise XV. Its history, however, dates back to ancient peoples, such as the Egyptians, Assyrians and Babylonians.
Aspectos da Tapeçaria Brasileira reviews the main proposals and trends of this art form in Brazil. It begins with the pioneering phase of Regina Gomide Graz and continues on through the Modernism period of 1922 and finally the innovative work of Madeleine Colaço.
Published in 1977 in two languages (Portuguese / English), the book highlights the unique characteristics of the weaving processes and materials developed in Brazil by colonists, indigenous peoples and slaves. With text by Geraldo Edson de Andrade and a presentation by historian Clarival do Prado Valladares, the book features photos by Antônio Rudge that reproduce the works of some 120 Brazilian artists.
In Brazilian modern art, the so-called “primitive painters” constitute a special group, and despite the praise of critics and collectors alike, they generally isolate themselves from the rest.
Aspectos da Pintura Primitiva Brasileira recognizes the importance of this segment, with the systemization of the origins and influences of this genre and the distinction from folkloric or popular expressions. Considered a pioneering work in the field, the book features the biography and reproductions of painting of some 60 artists, such as Heitor dos Prazeres, Ivan Morais, José Pinto, Gilvan, Miranda, Cardosinho and Rosina Becker do Valle, among others.
Published in 1978 in a bilingual edition (Portuguese / English), Aspectos da Pintura Primitiva Brasileira features research and text by professor and art critic, Flávio de Aquino, with a presentation by Geraldo Edson de Andrade.
Unique aspects, or those rarely disclosed, from Brazil’s Northeastern Baroque movement are presented in a systematic and pioneering fashion in Aspectos da Arte Religiosa no Brasil.
The book documents architecture, sculpture (woodcarving and imaginary), painting (panel lining and parietal), tile making and goldsmithery (in gold and silver) in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco and Paraíba. It was published in two languages (Portuguese / English) in 1981.
The organization, research, iconographic script and text were coordinated by historian Clarival do Prado Valladares – who also signed 148 of the 221 photos featured in the book. Aspectos da Arte Religiosa no Brasil is an important contribution to the record of the Portuguese artistic-religious legacy in Brazil, and more specifically, in the Brazilian Northeast.
From November to December 1988, the São Paulo Brazil-Argentina Cultural Institute promoted a major exhibit of Bahia Baroque art at the Buenos Aires National Museum of Decorative Arts.
Bahia – Momentos del Barroco is the documented record of this event, which for the first time gathered a large portion of Bahia Baroque art together for an exhibit. Many of the architecture, sculpture, painting, jewelry and goldsmithery work had never left Bahia.
Published in 1988 with Spanish text, Bahia – Momentos del Barroco is divided into five parts. These are: iconography, architecture / painting, imaginary, goldsmithery and jewelry. Each one is accompanied by comments written by specialists on the topic.
The English botanical illustrator Margaret Mee (1909-1988) arrived to Brazil in 1952 and dedicated her work to discovering and immortalizing a large number of rare native species. A sample of her talent can be found in Brazilian Bromeliads – Watercolors by Margaret Mee.
The album reproduces bromeliads from different parts of Brazil – the Northeast, Mato Grosso and São Paulo – painted in watercolor during the 1960s. The project was published in 1992 in a limited series of 500 numbered companies and with a text in English by Maria das Graças L. Wanderley.