Rio museum receives neo-realist Portinari works
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.