Lélia Coelho Frota
Lelia RABBIT FLEET, THE MOVIE ABOUT COLLECTORS Zelito Viana, IN SERIES ART FOR ALL, COMPLETED IN 2004.
Jacques Van de Beuque, I think did an extraordinary thing because he gathered during decades Brazilian popular art with an amazing passion and personal knowledge of the artists, with the pleasure of meeting with artists. It was not just a collector cold.
INTERVIEW GIVEN TO Globonews, THE writer José Saramago, NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE IN 2000.
"How does a man from another culture, a day arrives here, travels the country, almost point by point, discovering, finding, collecting, organizing and then install there, those figures that are popular creativity, all with an expression so solid, so strong. It's all really a wonder! What met at Casa do Pontal is unimaginable! The man who made this collection was certainly not a tourist, was a traveler, who travels to wonder, want to see. He was able to collect an act of love and keep everything exposed ... "
Pietro Maria Bardi
Pietro Maria Bardi, widower of Lina Bo Bardi, THEN DIRECTOR OF MUSEUM OF ART OF SÃO PAULO, THE CATALOGUE OF THE EXHIBITION "THE ART OF BRAZILIAN PEOPLE" IN MASP HELD IN 1986.
The MASP is happy to host the stupendous collection JV of Beuque. This museum has been a pioneer in the valuation and exposure of popular culture and the country, alongside masterpieces like our Picasso, Goya, Cézanne and Van Gogh, we have shown examples of popular creativity. Art is one and what matters is expressing the affairs of mankind. It was this position that we took in full 1940's to buy an entire exhibition of naive José Antônio da Silva, which today is part of the collection of MASP. Or organize a major exhibition "The Hand of the People", today in memory of paulistanos. It is commendable dedication of Beuque organizing for 30 years, this collection of our popular art.
Clarival do Prado Valladares
TESTIMONY OF THE MEADOW Clarival VALADARES, FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION IN YOUR COLLECTION DAY 06 DECEMBER 1972, THE GALLERY IBEU IN RIO DE JANEIRO.
Jacques van Beuque is a savvy collector, researcher of genuine art, inside a duct that differs from the simple art of exotic interested. Looking select the immense field of folklore without subjecting it to the limits of the picturesque little consequential. Elevates it conveniently from a source to the regional plan of universal understanding, by capturing and relief knows that highlight the inherent aesthetic attribute. Under this criterion Jacques van Beuque not limited to certain regions, genres, groups and even authors. Is acquiring consecutive years, parts of ex-votos of devotions hinterland, Goiás, São Francisco and the Northeast, the characteristics of best craftsmanship and representativeness.
Still arrived in time to get some of the figureheads of barges rareadas São Francisco River, a set of specimens of interest to study; joined on several tours, valuable pieces of folk pottery, from indigenous Carajá Bananal Island of the Vitalino Caruarú. Unknown group name or author devoted to folk art that is absent from its collection: from kinkle, the miniaturist of Maranhão, Nho Caboco, of the "cracks" and barges of Pernambuco, the sculptor-engraver GTO Mine, Fool, the the suppers, the figures Zezinho, Lidia and ceramists Tracunhaém Severino, the pitchers of Ze-Rodrigues and many others, before mentioning the countless pieces of art and craftsmanship anonymous which together form the huge world of Brazilian genuineness. It would be wrong to think that the purpose of this show, or this preface, could result in enhancement nationalist, surprised by the beautiful folk. The purpose is another, this initiative helps to recognize the authenticity that exists in our expressions of folk art. The result is a greater respect and care for the things of the spiritual life of our people. Thereby cease to be curious and come to be seen as values of human conduct, reflected today in some areas.