The studio emerged in 1971 from the ruins of an early 20th-Century brickworks, as the materialization of an obstinate, relentless project of the artist. The Ceramica Sao Joao, an old brick and tile factory inherited by Brennand from his father, located in the grounds the historical suburb of Varzea and surrounded by remnants of Atlantic rainforest and by the waters of the Capibaribe River, has, throughout the life of the artist, become both the source of his inspiration and a home for his artwork.
The Brennand Studio houses more than 2,000 works – murals, panels and sculptures included – and is surrounded by a garden designed by the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. There is also a shop where some works, postcards, and books about the artist can be bought.
Ricardo Brenannd Institute is a cultural center located in Recife. It was opened in 2002 by businessman and collector Ricardo Brennand, with an exhibition of Albert Eckhout paintings. It consists of an art gallery, a museum of armory, an auditorium and a garden.
The Ricardo Brennand Institute houses vast collections of paintings, armory, sculptures, tapestries, and furniture, with objects proceeding from Europe, Asia, Africa, and The Americas.
The art gallery, which has the Dutch Brazil as its main focus, houses the world´s largest private collection of Frans Post paintings and the library shelters a comprehensive collection of documents of Brazilian and world history. The library’s catalog has about 20,000 items, such as photographs, pamphlets, maps, and rare books, with emphasis on works about Brazil written by European travellers.
The museum of armory, located in Castelo de São João (Saint John Castle) houses one of the largest armory collections in the world, including daggers, swords, knives, pocketknives, crossbows and a set of 27 full plate armors.
Besides the exhibitions, the Institute offers courses on the history of art to public and private schools, as well as other cultural activities.
With crystal clear Waters of a sparkling blue, where you see small colorful fish and many other species, and huge palm trees, in Porto de Galinhas you can enjoy the most desired peacefulness of the genuine fishing village. In the nineteenth century it was a port for the clandestine slave trade and today is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.
One of the locals favorite beaches for watersports, Carneiros has calm, shallow waters ideal for diving, plus broad sands perfect for playing and sunbathing. The dense coconut groves make Carneiros a fine example of a Northeast Brazilian beach, only 90 km south of Recife..