We received the sad news of the passing of Gilberto Chateaubriand, at age 97, on July 14. The PIPA team sympathizes with his family, friends and with the admirers that he conquered over the years. Chateaubriand had one of the most important collections of art in the country, with around 8.000, of which approximately 6.600 were incorporated in a lending regime, in 1993, by the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM). PIPA has the pleasure of counting with Chateaubriand in its history: he was the honorary president of the Board during the Prize’s first years.
In a press statement, the team of MAM Rio remembered Chateaubriand’s trajectory, a diplomate and businessman who started to collect art by chance in 1953, when a friend took him to the atelier of the painter Jose Pancetti, who gifted him with the oil on canvas “Paisagem de Itapuã” (1953). The museum highlights that the works in Chateaubriand’s collection range from Modernism, through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, to contemporary production.
We reproduced below a few words that Luiz Camillo Osorio, the PIPA Institute curator, shared with us about the collector:
“GC had the largest and most qualified collection of modern and contemporary Brazilian art in the country. Over the last few decades, entering his collection meant, for the young artist, that their trajectory had become institutionalized. It was a seal of quality. His generosity and the sharpness of his eye gaze gave his collection an unique combination of quantity and quality. He was a living archive of the recent history of Brazilian art. May this collection remain in MAM-Rio and continue its public vocation.”
Check out here (in Portuguese) the obituary that Camillo was invited to write for the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, in which he remember stories about Gilberto Chateaubriand and emphasizes his importance for the Brazilian artistic scene.