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The rapture takes hold of those arriving at the Brennand Workshop, in the Várzea neighborhood, suburb of Recife. Isolated from the city by a dense forest belt, the warehouses where the São João Ceramics, founded in 1917, now function as a unique sanctuary dedicated to the arts. Behind every detail of this colossal work was the painter, sculptor, and ceramist Francisco Brennand, recently deceased on December 19, 2019, at the age of 92. The Brennand Workshop is an architectural complex formed by several building cores that occupy about 15 thousand square meters. There is a garden designed by Burle Marx, a chapel restored by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, a Temple of Sacrifice reminiscent of the massacre of pre-Columbian civilizations, distinctive galleries dedicated to pottery and painting, lakes, fountains and totems, forming an impressive museum. Open. In total, more than a thousand pieces by Francisco Brennand can be seen - and touched.

O arrebatamento toma conta de quem chega à Oficina Brennand, no bairro da Várzea, subúrbio do Recife. Isolados da cidade por um cinturão de mata densa, os galpões onde funcionaram a Cerâmica São João, fundada em 1917, hoje formam um singular santuário dedicado às artes. Por trás de cada detalhe dessa obra colossal estava o pintor, escultor e ceramista Francisco Brennand, falecido recentemente em 19 dezembro 2019, aos 92 anos. A Oficina Brennand é um complexo arquitetônico formado por vários núcleos construtivos que ocupam cerca de 15 mil metros quadrados. Há um jardim projetado por Burle Marx, uma capela restaurada por Paulo Mendes da Rocha, um Templo do Sacrifício que remete ao massacre das civilizações pré-colombianas, galerias distintas dedicadas à cerâmica e à pintura, lagos, fontes e totens, formando um impressionante museu aberto. No total, mais de mil peças de Francisco Brennand podem ser vistas — e tocadas.

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