Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand

Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand
4.5
Speciality MuseumsEducational sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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4.5
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Katherine F
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
I mean... we all see it right? Senhor Brennand was not very subtle.
Touring this museum can seem long and hard, but in the end you'll find satisfaction.
Written 17 June 2023
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JJ Katz
99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Workshop/Museum Francisco Brennand (FB) is located about 40 minutes by car, west of Recife, in a natural wooden tropical area. It is accessible by a winding , non-paved road from the main highway. A leisurely drive therefore permits visitors to experience the peaceful environment, see multi-colored birds flying around as well as the odd spider creeping around the side of the road.

The FB workshop and ceramics entreprise arose, from 1971 on,  from the ruins of an old brick factory owned by FB's father.

Today, the visitor can see about 3200 pieces of art, including sculptures, ceramics, vases. mosaics of all sizes as well as a small number of paintings and black and white drawings ranging from 1949 to 2014. All of these are located in 4 different buildings scattered throughout the park as well as outside. The management of the museum is in the process of setting up an institute dedicated to a detailed cataloging of FB's entire work. Brennand's family was very rich: this certainly facilitated the young Brennand's travels to France and subsequently his total dedication to his art.

What is displayed reflects, without any doubt, FB's obsession with human reproduction and the male/female organs that make it possible. The genius of Brennand, however, can be found in the way his boundless imagination, creativity and oniric visions represent buttocks, breasts, vaginas, penises, as parts of human and animal - geese, toucans, pelicans, crocodiles, and snakes  - bodies in various sexual positions. In addition, his focus on fecundity is exemplified by the production of eggs of all sizes scattered throughout the estate. 

Overall, to visit the Brennand museum is to witness the unique surrealism  of a body of work that some might see bordering on pornographic, notwithstanding the availability of numerous mosaic murals of exquisite quality. 

This overt sexuality is, in my opinion, not  objectionable in the least, as it is an integral part of the artist's vision., and not a gratuitous exhibition of sexual organs.
Written 27 January 2020
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Jose S
Brooklyn, NY16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I was really impressed by the collection. This guy is prolific and the place is beautiful. I didn’t know what to expect, since I was not much into ceramics, and after visiting, I am a big fan.
Written 27 October 2019
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pilipili2009
Anvers359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
My expectation was high and I have to admit to be a little disappointed, but still consider it worth the visit even if it takes some 45 min from Boa viagem or Olinda to get there (and again back). The site is really amazing with this combination of art, industrial heritage and nature. We had lunch at the restaurant. Up to standard but freezing due to the airco.
Written 4 September 2019
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Francisco R
Brasilia, DF28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Whether you like ceramics or not, this atelier is simply superb! For a few decades Brennand has produced the most beautiful, creative and inspiring pieces of ceramics. Together with Inhotin in Minas Gerais, the two best places in Brazil for the art lover. Don´t miss it.
Written 4 September 2019
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Richard T
Johnson City, TN24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The grounds of this site are beautiful. What an amazing life's work. This is a relaxing and inspiring tour. Guides offer explanations of art works in multiple languages. This was definitely worth the time.
Written 26 March 2019
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Pedro
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
We invested three hours in this amazing place. Could have been more. A good day plan is to combine a visit to Instituto Ricardo Brennand.
Written 5 January 2019
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Visiting this unique artist's monumental studio is a must at any visit to Recife! Francisco Brennand was born in 1927 and only in 1971, when he was already 44 years old, he started rebuilding the old brickworks of his family. From ruins he created one of the most interesting open-air museums in the whole world. His peculiar and original art, mainly in ceramics, produce different effects on visitors, who may fall in love or even dislike it. Francisco Brennand can be easily seen at the studio and you will certainly recognize him with his long white beard. At 91, he is still very active and producing awesome masterpieces as ever! Enjoy!
Written 4 November 2018
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ligiakerr
New Orleans, LA210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Francisco Breannand is a local artist that created a beautiful place with different kinds of objects also created by him. He inherited a plant of bricks and tiles from his father. The place is close to Capibaribe river and surrounded by original Atlantic Forest and it is gorgeous.
The pieces have lots of mythology and sexual symbolism. They go to a triple process inside the oven. The first step is the shape of the piece. The second and third are responsible for the color and the shining of the object. It is really beautiful. A cafe is part of the are and the food is very good. We ordered a wonderful dry meat with manioc and pumpkin. The area is handicap accessible.
Written 6 September 2018
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zipgray
Ontario, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Fantastic artist! Great place where we can see all his differents kinds of art! Please, reserve more than 3 hours to this place.
Written 31 August 2018
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