Odebrecht sponsors a collection of books featuring the characteristics of the cities and regions found in Brazil and abroad. Through these works, readers can discover more about the unique characteristics of places like Fernando de Noronha Island and Vale do São Francisco, as well as the wealth of cosmopolitan municipalities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.
The publications also unveil the history and beauties of countries like the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Swiss painter Abraham-Louis Buvelot (1814-1888) saw Brazil for the first time in 1840 while visiting an uncle who lived in Salvador. Enchanted with the nature and light from the tropics, he adopted the country as the theme for his paintings. In 1854, he returned to Switzerland, bringing on his canvases a priceless documentation of Brazil during the second half of the 19th century.
Brasil Antigo, published in 1981, presents eight one-of-a-kind paintings by Buvelot, discovered in private Swiss collections. The watercolors and oils portray Brazilian landscapes, such as the neighborhood of Rio Comprido in Rio de Janeiro, and Baía de Todos os Santos in Salvador.
The bilingual publication (Portuguese / English) features the text of historian Gilberto Ferrez and a preface by Maurice Pianzola.
The Minas Gerais city of Ouro Preto, declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, earns a special tribute in the album Ouro Preto, which includes a set of 10 drawings published in 1983.
Its slope streets, colonial mansions and famous churches are represented through the photographs of Hugo Leal. Reproduced in an “engraving process,” they are complimented by the poem Ouro Preto, livre do tempo (“Ouro Preto, Timeless”), written especially by Carlos Drummond de Andrade for the project. The bilingual publication (Portuguese / English) features an introductory text by Mário Pianzola.
A photo album from that period – organized by an anonymous collector on thick pieces of rigid cardboard paper – was used to generate the 71 images included in Album de Photographias do Estado de São Paulo – 1892.
Published in 1984 with bilingual text (Portuguese / English), the book shows a series of images (many one-of-a-kind) from the capital, rural and coastal areas of São Paulo obtained during the last decades of the 19th century.
The graphic design, by Leon Algamis, seeks to explore the handmade aspects of the original album as much as possible. In the critical introduction, professor and art critic Boris Kossoy situates the collection within São Paulo’s social-economic environment at the end of the 19th century. During this period, the city came to house the main representatives of the national coffee industry bourgeoisie.
Around 1535, Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro travelled the coastal valleys of Northern Peru with his troops. When he reached the beautiful region of Chimú Valley, he discovered signs of an advanced civilization, complete with several buildings, pyramids and homes constructed from clay. Once he saw that it was a strategic site with a pleasant climate, Pizarro founded the city of Trujillo there, naming it after his native land in Spain.
Trujillo Precolombiano is a record of the art produced by the inhabitants of this Peruvian region before the Europeans arrived to the continent in 1492. The work reproduces art objects, architecture and domestic utensils representative of the indigenous cultures, together with historical and critical analyses of specialists.
José Antonio Lavalle was responsible for the editorial coordination of the bilingual edition (Spanish / English), published in 1995 when Odebrecht completed 15 years of operations in Peru. The book presents texts by Jorge Zevallos Quiñones, Guillermo Wiese de Orma, Raúl Apesteguía, Santiago Uceda and Ricardo Morales, in addition to photographs and reproductions by Javier Ferrand and Fernando Salomón.
The water colors of architect, urbanist and painter Diógenes Rebouças (1914-1995) present a moving poetic portrait of the streets, homes and landscapes of the Bahian capital during the 19th century. Developed using old document records, they promote a true recovery, expressed in paintings, of the city during that period.
With graphic planning and design by painter Emanoel Araújo, a presentation by historian Pedro Calmon and comments by Godofredo Filho, Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos no Século XIX was published in two languages (English / Portuguese) in 1979.
In 1985, the book was re-published and expanded with the incorporation of new works by Rebouças. The third edition, published in 1996, permanently established the work.