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Rio museum receives neo-realist Portinari works

Published on Jan 14, 2014 6:02 AM
 
Brazilian painter Candido Portinari's son Joao Portinari attends the transfer ceremony of his father's paintings at the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Jan 13, 2014. Rio's National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) on Monday received 200 paintings and engravings by neo-realist Brazilian painter Candido Portinari, giving the museum the largest public collection of his work. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Rio's National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) on Monday received 200 paintings and engravings by neo-realist Brazilian painter Candido Portinari, giving the museum the largest public collection of his work.

"We wanted these Portinari works to be on show for the public at large. More than 95 per cent of his works are privately owned", said the artist's son Joao Portinari, during a ceremony to mark the gallery's 77th anniversary.

With June's World Cup set to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists to Rio, Minister of Culture Marta Suplicy said this was an opportunity to show that Brazil "is not just football and the beach.

"More than anybody else, Portinari knew how to encapsulate the Brazilian identity," Ms Suplicy said of the artist, who died in 1962.

 
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