One of the most respected and influential collectors in the Brazilian art scene, José Olympio da Veiga Pereira, a chairman of the board of trustees at Pinacoteca, will also display up to 400 of his 2,000 piece-strong collection at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in September of this year. The most ambitious of this string of shows, it will be curated by the American critic and curator Robert Storr, who has been making visits to the country to organize it. “It will be a huge exhibition, something special we planned for the bienal season,” says Ricardo Ohtake, director of the Instituto Tomie Ohtake. “Olympio is a man who’s hungry for art, he has everything and lights up when he sees a good work.”
Audiences need not wait until September to see this theme play out, however. Brasília-based collector Sérgio Carvalho has just held the second show of works from his collection in São Paulo, following one at the now defunct Paço das Artes two years ago. This year, more than 100 of his works went on display at the Centro Cultural Correios, while the national postal service-operated cultural center previously staged the same show in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, and has now established a program to feature a private collection in its venues every year.
“In a way, collectors have taken on the role of the state. We’re the ones striving to preserve our cultural memory in difficult times,” says Carvalho. “It is true that showing a private collection can be an easy way out for a museum that has to keep up its activities, but a collection cannot be impenetrable and remain locked up. This makes no sense anymore. My dream is to one day have my entire collection in a museum.”