Photo: Iara Morselli

Nlast night, 26/11, the Itaú Cultural received the representative body of Edson Queiroz Foundation at the launch event of your Catalog Collection. Comprising two books, the edition features 870 works by more than 300 artists, mostly Brazilian, and outlines five centuries of Brazilian art and history.

The project

Conceived by Airton Queiroz, brother of Lenise Queiroz Rocha, current President of the Foundation, the project is the product of the desire to systematize the work carried out for years in the space of the University of Fortaleza. The private university founded by his parents organizes art exhibitions open to the public in its building.

The collection has two volumes. Photo: Iara Morselli

Lenise explains that her brother Airton was largely responsible for the current collection. “He always believed in teaching through culture.” Enabling access to culture in Ceará has a huge impact. Outside the Rio-São Paulo axis, the possibilities of the segment are smaller. “Through art one learns more easily, because it involves emotion.


art and the future

The reproduction of an Institutional video of the Edson Queiroz Foundation opened the event, clarifying the Institution's performance in its community. Eduardo Saron pointed to the relevance of the material published by her. “We live in a country that only cares about innovating. It is important but impossible to innovate without conserving the memories of Brazil”, he opined.

Max Perlingeiro emphasized the concept of a living collection, referring to the more than 800 works and the many artists that make up the volume. The organizer said that, when asked about printing books in the most technological era ever lived, he replied that it was important to do so. “Libraries exist and resist”, he added, contributing to Saron's position.

Historian Pedro Corrêa do Lago presented 30 selected works to the public. “I confess that some of them were chosen by my heart,” he began. His areas of study, such as “traveling artists”, added to the aspects of relevance, in the sense of preserving Brazilian history, considered by him.

Documentary works and the portrait of Maurício de Nassau started the chronological line. Frans Post's paintings of Brazilian lands gained prominence. “Brazil was the first country in the Americas to be painted by a professional European artist,” he commented.

The watercolor preceding the panoramic painting of the city of São Paulo, commissioned by D. Pedro, also present in the “Brasiliana” show at Itaú Cultural, in addition to paintings by Debret, Araújo Porto Alegre (his student), Victor Meirelles, Belmiro de Almeida, Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Ismael Nery, Tarsila do Amaral, Antonio Bandeira, among many others, were commented by him. Corrêa do Lago emphasized the importance of each of the works in outlining Brazilian history through art.

The impacts of art

The President of the Foundation commented that positive impacts can be seen from the projects they develop with the local community, such as the Yolanda Queiroz School of Application, Projeto Jovem Voluntário, among others.

“Art has the power to integrate, it provides artists and their consumers with the possibility of expressing themselves”, he concludes.

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