About the Museum
Candido Portinari’s former house, in Brodowski, the Casa de Portinari Museum, institution from the Secretariat of Culture from the State of São Paulo, represents the strong connection between the artist and his birthplace, origins and family ties. This is the spot where he conducted his experiments on mural paintings and went deep inside the technique over the years.
Due to the many works in mural painting on the house walls and a chapel in the house garden, the preservation of the complex became essential. The first step began on December 9, 1968, when the house was put under government trust by Iphan (National Historical and Artistic Asset Institute). The following year, the property was expropriated and acquired by the Government of the State of São Paulo and, on January 22 1970, it was put under government trust by Condephaat (Council for the Defense of Historical, Archeological, Artistic and Tourism Assets of the State of São Paulo). With the efforts of the artist’s family, the city and the state, the museum was installed and inaugurated on March 14 1970. The complex is composed of a main house and annexes built successively. The typical simplicity of the countryside is the museum’s most striking characteristic.
The Casa de Portinari Museum has as mission to preserve and divulge, for studying and entertaining, the house where Candido Portinari lived and the legacy contained in it such as patrimonial assets which influenced the painter’s artistic production and witnesses of the history of the private and social life in Brodowski. It is part of the museum’s mission, for its characteristics and vocation, to work with marks of memory of the city and be a centre to stimulate artistic expression and fruition.
Casa de Portinari Museum aims to be a reference for house-museums, with well-established connections with memory spots from Brodowski, and be relevant as a centre of stimulation of artistic expression.
- Ensure quality in the activities of preservation, research and diffusion of the collection.
- Ensure the reception of diverse visitors.
- Be low-priced managed and transparent about the use of public and private resources.
- Promote the conservation of the cultural heritage.
- Have responsibility for the human development and the environmental sustainability.