OSCAR NIEMEYER. THE MAN WHO BUILT BRASILIA. (2015)
OSCAR NIEMEYER. THE MAN
WHO BUILT BRASILIA
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
JUL 18 2014 - OCT 12 2014
The unique creativity of Niemeyer's designs for prominent buildings in his native Brazil earned him respect and fame both at home and abroad, he received architectural awards such as the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer studied architecture at Rio's National School of Fine Arts before going on to work with his mentor Lúcio Costa. Following an encounter with Le Corbusier, Niemeyer worked with the modernist master in the design of the Ministry of Education and Health in Rio de Janeiro (1936) under the coordination of Lúcio Costa.
Already famous in his own right after having designed Pampulha architectural complex, Niemeyer worked with Le Corbusier again, designing the United Nations Headquarters in New York (1947). Niemeyer's greatest achievement however would have to be the building of the new capital Brasilia, Brazil's distinguished national project of the 1950s.
"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"
Designing several of the major buildings (including the National Congress building and Cathedral of Brasília), Niemeyer created a city of the imagination. The triumph of Brasilia took on historical significance above and beyond its architectural brilliance, raising Brazil's international profile, and in 1987, earning its unique capital World Heritage status.
During the country's military regime of the 1960s, Niemeyer moved to Paris and based his practice there for 20 years, returning to his native land in 1985 and continuing to work prolifically, a teach a younger generation of architects.