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Alstom sponsors War and Peace, a Portinari Exhibition in Paris


From May 7 to June 9, Parisians will have the chance to see up close the panels "War and Peace" by Candido Portinari. The exhibition takes place at the Salon d'Honneur of the Grand Palais and is sponsored by Alstom. The artwork represents a milestone in the policy of cultural cooperation between Brazil and France, as it was articulated by the Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs of Brazil and emphasized in the joint statement of President Dilma Rousseff and President François Hollande, in December 2012.

Produced between 1952 and 1956, the panels have about 14 meters high x 10 meters wide and was commissioned by the Brazilian Government to be exposed at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York. In 2010, due to a major reform in the UN headquarters, custody of the panels was entrusted to the Portinari Project to the end of 2014.

At that time, the panels were restored and exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, attracting 320,000 people and becoming one of the most successful and largest impact exhibitions of Brazilian history. 

Date: May 7 to June 9, 2014
Time: from 10am to 8pm - Closed on Tuesdays
Location: Grand Palais (3, avenue du Général Eisenhower - 75008 Paris)