Centenary - Portinari at Bienal de São Paulo - Special Room


At the invitation of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo (São Paulo Biennial Foundation), the Portinari Project took part in the 26th Bienal de São Paulo, which celebrated the 450th anniversary of the city of São Paulo. On the centenary of Portinari's birth, the Candido Portinari Room provided an immersion in the painter's universe, the result of 25 years of dedication to surveying, researching, cataloging and disseminating the artist's work, life and times.

In this context, the Portinari Project launched the Catalogue Raisonné - Candido Portinari, the first of its kind in Latin America, sponsored by Petrobras. The contents were presented in an interactive way, with a multimedia show and stations for consulting the Project's database. More than five thousand of the artist's works were projected chronologically onto a Carroussel Raisonné. Period films and a selection of testimonies from the artist's contemporaries were available to the public by means of high technology. A large showcase table presented the painter's personal objects and historical documents, such as correspondence, periodicals and photographs from the time, which tell the story of Portinari and a little of Brazil's history.

The exhibition was accompanied by a musical score specially inspired by the painter's work, composed by musician Norberto Macedo.