The Brazilian Association of Aesthetics (ABRE) is a private non-profit civil association that aims to promote culture, arts and education. Its main goals are to foster and develop the interest in the academic research in aesthetics and philosophy of art, convening studies about culture, history, nature, thought, arts and its critic in different periods, stiles and manifestations. To that effect, the association promotes forums for discussions (conferences, symposiums, seminars and journeys) in which philosophers, artists and researchers in related fields can establish dialogues, share reflections and exchange experiences, both nationally and internationally.
After 16 years working from its headquarters in the city of Rio de Janeiro, ABRE was transferred to the Department of Philosophy of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte. Since then, ABRE joined the Research Line in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art of the Postgraduate Program in Philosophy of the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Postgraduate Program in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art of the Federal University of Ouro Preto.
Among the successful actions carried out by ABRE is the International Congress of Aesthetics Brasil, carried out bi-annualy since 1993. It also achieved the creation of ABRE’s publisher, responsible for publishing the results of the International Congress of Aesthetics Brazil, stands out as well as the inclusion of the discipline “Aesthetics” as a sub-area of philosophy within the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Since 2018, with a board of directors from four different states, ABRE has been working on reformulating its administrative structure and its digital presence, aiming to consolidate its role as reference institution for studies in aesthetics in Brazil.