OSCAR NIEMEYER (1907-2012)
Oscar Niemeyer, (Rio de Janeiro RJ 1907 - Rio de Janeiro RJ 2012) architect and urbanist, was one of the greatest of both professions ever seen in Brazil, his memorable life and work is renowned in Brazil and across the World. He has undoubtedly been praised for his acclaimed architecture but less know are his personal attributes, his relentless desire to design and his magic resistance to conform to the times.
Niemeyer graduated in architecture from the National School of Fine Arts (Enba), in Rio de Janeiro, in 1934. That same year, he began working at the office of architect and urban planner Lucio Costa (1902-1998). In 1936, the office was commissioned to create the plans for the headquarters of the Ministry of Education and Health (MES), in Rio de Janeiro, under the supervision of the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier(1887-1965), whom Niemeyer assisted, as a draftsman. Based on the architect's design, Niemeyer suggests changes that were consequently implemented into the construction of the building. Between 1940 and 1944, he designed, at the request of the then mayor of Belo Horizonte, Juscelino Kubitschek (1902-1976), the Pampulha Architectural Ensemble, which is configured as a landmark of his work, as it breaks with the strict concepts of functionalism and uses a language of new forms, of curved surfaces, exploring the plastic possibilities of reinforced concrete. In 1947, he was invited by the United Nations (UN) to participate in the commission of architects in charge of outlining the plans for the future headquarters in New York. His plans, conceptualized Le Corbusier, were chosen as the basis for the definitive project.
In Rio de Janeiro, in 1955, he founded the magazine Módulo and the following year he began, at the invitation of the President of the Republic, Juscelino Kubitschek, to collaborate in the construction of the new capital of Brazil, Brasília, whose urban plan was entrusted to Lucio Costa. In 1958, he was appointed chief architect of Brasília, where he transferred to and remained until 1960. Among Niemeyer's most important projects, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, 1951, the headquarters of the French Communist Party, Paris, 1965 Algiers School of Architecture, Algeria, 1968 the headquarters of Editora Mondadori, Milan, Italy, 1968 and the headquarters of the newspaper L'Humanité, Saint-Denis, France, 1987.
LE CORBUSIER & OSCAR NIEMEYER
SEP 14 2018 - JAN 31 2019
Bringing together two of the greatest architects of all times, Side Gallery navigated through time creating a dialogue between two masters of modern architecture. LE CORBUSIER & OSCAR NIEMEYER Influences and counter influences on modern design (1929-1965) opened in the fall of 2018 at Side Gallery, Barcelona.
OCT 10 2016 - DEC 01 2016
In the Autumn of 2016, Side Gallery presented an exhibition focused entirely on Brazilian twentieth century modernist design. Pieces by Lina Bo Bardi, Branco e Preto, Jose Zanine Caldas, Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues and Oscar Niemeyer were presented for the very first time in Spain, introducing Brazilian modern design to an European audience.
MODERNO: DESIGN FOR LIVING IN BRAZIL, MEXICO AND VENEZUELA, 1940-1978
NEW YORK CITY
FEB 11 1994 - MAY 16 2015
Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978 explored how design transformed the domestic landscape of Latin America in a period marked by major stylistic developments and social political changes. Away from the mass destruction of World War II, many Latin American countries entered a period of economic growth in the late 1940s and continuing through the 1950s, which resulted in the modernization of major cities.
LATIN AMERICAN IN CONSTRUCTION:
NEW YORK CITY
MAR 29 2018 - JUL 19 2015
In 1955 the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened a landmark exhibition: Latin American Architecture Since 1945. On the 60th anniversary of that significant show, the Museum returned to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s. MoMA had never again mounted a full-scale study of the region’s architecture, until 2015. Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 brought together a wealth of materials that divulged the audience into a thought-provoking exploration of the architectural response to the ongoing modernization of Latin America.
OSCAR NIEMEYER. THE MAN
WHO BUILT BRASILIA
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
JUL 18 2014 - OCT 12 2014
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo staged Japan's first major retrospective on the work of Oscar Niemeyer, also known as the father of Brazilian modernist architecture. "Oscar Niemeyer - The Man Who Built Brasilia" presented a comprehensive overview of close to a century of architectural design by the legendarily Niemeyer, who was still designing upon his death at the age of 104. The exhibition was shown through and series of plans, models, photographs and video footage.
DEC 03 2019 - DEC 08 2019
On the occasion of Design Miami 2019, Side Gallery’s booth featured a selection of iconic historical designers such as, Ricardo Fasanello, Sergio Rodrigues and Joe Colombo as well as a combination of contemporary designers including, Muller Van Severen, Guillermo Santomá, and Sabine Marcelis. As well as some new names to gallery, such as Rodrigo Pinto and Sophie Rowley. The exhibition intended to navigate through time proposing a dialogue between architecture and design through the XX and the XXI century.
SALON ART + DESIGN
NEW YORK CITY
NOV 14 2019 - NOV 18 2019
Exhibiting for the at SALON Art + Design in New York, December 2019, Side Gallery presented a collection of works from Brazilian designers Geraldo de Barros, Joaquim Tenreiro, Jorge Zalszupin and Sergio Rodrigues, the modern Brazilian design was carefully combined with a selection of contemporary works, including a lacquered blue buffet by Belgium design duo Muller Van Severen, produced exclusively for Side Gallery.
DEC 04 2018 - DEC 09 2018
At the 2018 edition of Design Miami, the Side Gallery booth was curated as navigation through time, expressing a dialogue between architecture and design through the XX and the XXI century. Featuring iconic historical designers such as Lina Bo Bardi, Osvaldo Borsani, Joaquim Tenreiro, Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler, Gae Aulenti and Gino Sarfatti as well as contemporary designers Guillermo Santomà, Aneta Regel, Pedro Reyes and Sabine Marcelis.
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