Museu Casa do Pontal opens a new exhibit and shows plans for a branch Museum
Article published in O Globo newspaper on June 2, 2012
by Catharina Wrede
RIO – The Museu Casa do Pontal is not suffering a lack of public - the waiting list for the school visits is a long one. But the Museum’s location in Recreio was never a strong point for the Museu Casa do Pontal, which houses the largest collection of folk art in the country. With its collection of eight thousand works protected as a cultural heritage and 50 thousand visitors a year, the museum has been a consistent tourist attraction but largely overlooked by those who live in the city. To increase annual visits by the public (the target is to reach 300,000), the institution working to open a new branch by 2014, in the Port Zone near the center of the City which is today attracting the largest number of new ventures in Rio de Janeiro.
The museum is in a positive phase: in addition to the project to move to the Center of the City, the main facility in Recreio opened the exhibit "Liturgias contemporâneas: Farnese de Andrade e ex-votos", with over 150 pieces: 13 works by Farnese de Andrade (1926-1996) donated by collectors and museums and 141 votives from the collection of the Museu Casa do Pontal, originating in Canindé, Ceará, by unknown authors.