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Art Galleries

January 27, 2009

The following is a list of art galleries, art museum private art collections in Recife.

museo-do-estado1The Museum of Pernambuco State (Museu do Estado de Pernambuco) Av. Rui Barbosa 960, Graças. (81) 3427-9322. tue-fri 9am-5pm; sat&sun 2-5pm. Housed in a 19th century mansion in Recife, capital of Pernambuco state, the Museu do Estado de Pernambuco (MEPE) dates back to 1929.  The museum has over 12,000 art pieces including paintings, decorative arts, furniture and jewelry from the Colonial period, the Dutch invasion (1630) and the 20th and 21st century.  Periodically, the museum hosts the Salão de Arte Contemporânea de Pernambuco, when emerging artists are selected to represent the new run of local professionals who will help to maintain and shape the profile of the local art scene.  MAP

rbrennandInstituto Ricardo Brennand  Alameda Antônio Brennand, Várzea. (81) 2121 0352. Tue-Sun 1-5pm. The Institute was created by Ricardo Brennand, an avid collector of art and antiques housed in a castle structure. The eclectic collection includes relics from 15th century Europe, from Colonial Brazil and from 19th century Brazil. The range of types of art is impressive: paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures,  stained glass windows, tapestries and a massive collection of books (about 20,000 volumes) focusing on the Dutch period in Brazil’s history.  Amongst the paintings are fine examples by Dutch artists. MAP

capela-dourada2Franciscan Museum of Sacred Art/Golden Chapel (Museu Franciscano de Arte Sacra/Capela Dourada)  Rua do Imperador D. Pedro II, Santo Antônio. (81) 3224 0994. Mon-Fri 8-11.30am & 2-5pm; Sat 8-11.30am. The Franciscan Convent of Santo Antônio was built by the Franciscan Order Friars (1606-1613), the oldest Order in the parish of Santo Antônio. In 1630, it was abandoned to the Dutch who adapted it for military use. Until 1654 it was known as Ernesto Fortress. Then it was reconstructed in the baroque style (1710-1770). Inside is the Gold Chapel inaugurated in 1697. MAP

Museum of Modern Art (MAMAM) Rua da Aurora 265, Santo Antônio. (81) 3232 5399. Tue-Sun 1-7pm. Modern art housed in a far from modern space in the center of Recife. The museum has a permanent collection and hosts temporary exhibitions. It also has a study center. Past exhibitions have included the work of local artists and photographers, as well as international art events. MAP

brennandOficina Francisco Brenand Propriedade Santos Cosme e Damião, Várzea. (81) 3271 2466. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Francisco Brennand is without  a doubt one of Brazil´s most important artists. He his best known for his ceramics, but he is also a painter. His is from an Irish family of industrialists that produced ceramic tiles commercially on a large scale. The factory, which is still active, is also the home to the museum. The site also has a landscaped sculpture garden designed in association with Architect Brule Marx, and more recently, a gallery exhibiting the work of Brennand and others. Although quite a distance form the center of Recife, and hard to get to without a car, it is definitely worth making the effort.  MAP www.brennand.com.br

5-point-forte2Fort of Five Points (Forte das Cinco Pontas)  Sâo José (81) 3232 2812. Tue-Fri 9am-5m; Sat & Sun 1-5pm. The fort with five bastions was built in 1630 by the Dutch to protect their growing commercial interests in the port, and its supplies of drinking water. Today it houses the City of Recife Museum which holds art and artifacts that tell the story of the evolution of the city, its history and its culture.MAP

decsign-centerRecife Center of Design (Centro de Design do Recife) Pátio de São Pedro, Casa 10, São José. (81) 3232 2432. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. This new design center was inaugurated on the 5th of December 2008. It hosts temporary exhibitions and delivers design courses. MAP (The design center is in the same square as MAMAM on the map).www.centrodesignrecife.org

museumurilolagrecaMuseum Murillo La Greca  Rua Leonardo Bezerra Cavalcanti 266, Parnamirim. (81) 3232 4276. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. The museum is home to permanent and temporary exhibitions related to the work of artist Murillo La Greca. The house in which the museum is located was a gift, but is unfortunately in a location that is not easy to get to without a car, and should not be accessed on foot, as there is a small shantytown/favela nearby  MAP

arte-pluralGaleria Arte Plural, Rua da Moeda 140. Recife Antigo (81) 3424 4431. Tue-Sun 1-7pm. A gallery exhibiting the work of local artists during temporary exhibitions. MAP www.artepluralgaleria.com.br

Museum of Popular Art (Museu de Arte Popular) Pátio de São Pedro, Casa 45, São José, (81) 3232 2845.  Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. The name says it all really.  MAP

museu-do-homem-do-nordeste# Museum of the Man of the Northeast (museu do Homem do Nordeste) R$4, Av. 17 de Augusto 2187, Casa Forte (81) 3073 6340. mon-fri 9am-5pm, sat&sun 1-5pm. After being closed for three years for restoration, this important museum has finally re-opened. It houses a large selection or art and artifacts associated with the cultural evolution of the people of the northeast of Brazil, the Nordestino.  Museum of the Man of the Northeast (Museu do Homem do Nordeste) Av. 17 de Augusto 2187, Casa Forte. (81) 3073 6340. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun 1-5pm.  R$4. After being closed for three years for restoration, this important museum has finally re-opened. It houses a large selection of art and artifacts associated with the cultural evolution of the people of the northeast of Brazil, the Nordestino. MAP

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia Freire Paiva Alves permalink
    January 8, 2010 18:32

    Eu gostei muito desse saite pois tem muitas coisas emportantes mas você poderia botar mais fotos.
    Muito Obrigada!!
    Beijos!!

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