In an effort to strengthen the culture of Brazil and of other countries, Odebrecht sponsors studies and the subsequent production of books that conserve the heritage of the Communities where it operates.
Artists and researchers receive support to develop projects that contribute to strengthening the identity of each social group. The result is a large collection of works on the most diverse art forms, such as music, painting, sculpture, poetry, tapestry and pottery.
In recent years, the Group has supported projects on the modernism of Tarsila do Amaral, the lenses of Cravo Neto, the Bahia of Caymmi, the classic compositions of Villa-Lobos, the cordel of Elomar, the talent of Clarival do Prado Valladares and the paintings of Lula Cardoso Ayres, Alberto Valença and Portinari, among other important artists.
The publication, written by Fernando Schüler and Gunter Axt, analyzes and interprets the transformations occurring in Brazilian culture starting in the 1960s. The study 4X Brasil: Itinerários da cultura brasileira earned Odebrecht sponsorship in 2005.
Collecting art objects from different countries in Africa was for many years the “second profession” of Michael Alexander Heymann, a South African doctor. Over time, his personal archive became vast enough to represent a significant overview of "Black Africa” art.
“African Art Collection” is the record of this archive, which consists of sculptures, masks and ceremonial objects made from gold, wood, marble and iron collected in 13 different countries on the African continent. These are: Mali, Alto Volta, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Daomé/Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Zaire and Angola.
Published in English in 1982, African Art Collection was supervised by Everardo Magalhães Castro and features photos by Michael Heymann himself. The text is by Brazilian writer Antônio Olinto, who served as cultural attaché in Lagos, Nigeria at the start of the 1960s.
Painter Alberto Valença has earned a distinguished place in the history of Brazilian painting, primarily for his work representing Bahian nature. Alberto Valença – Um Estudo Biográfico e Crítico is an opportunity to enter into contact with the work of this disciple of Manuel Lopes Rodrigues.
Published in two languages (Portuguese / English) in 1980, the book gathers 131 polychromic reproductions – on special couché paper – of his paintings and drawings produced from 1914 to 1973. With the research and critical analysis of historian Clarival do Prado Valladares, the work also includes an in-depth biography of the artist and testimonials from friends and family, such as Diógenes Rebouças and Américo Simas Filho
The book, produced by Eneida Serrano, recovers the art of photographer Lunara at the start of the 20th century. The publication was sponsored by Odebrecht and launched in 2002.
Angola is home to peoples who formed quite distinct nations in the past, such as Matamba, Benguela and the Kongo Kingdom. Today, these peoples face the challenge of living together within the same geopolitical and administrative borders.
Angola e a Expressão de sua Cultura Material features a profile of the multifaceted culture of this country through the analysis of 63 symbolic objects - such as masks, amulets, statue totems, musical instruments and utility objects. The objects – from the archive of the Angola National Anthropology Museum in Luanda – represent the political power, in mystic practices or those for utility purposes, in its seven main cultural communities: Bakongo, Ambundu, Ovimbundu, Cokwe, Ovingangela, Ociwambo and Khoisan.
The preface by Ivan Cannabrava – at the time ambassador of Brazil to Angola – reflects the importance of the cultural archive and the country's cultural heritage.
Published in 1991, the work benefitted from the research and text of anthropologist Ana Maria de Oliveira, director of the museum, as well as the photographs of Mário Cravo Neto. The book represents a Odebrecht Organization tribute to this country, in which it has operated since 1984, when it began constructing the Capanda Hydroelectric Power Plant.