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Brazilian Starchitect

August 31, 2015
Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia
A number of cities around the world are irrevocably linked to the architectural style of one individual (Barcelona with Gaudi and Paris with Haussmann, for example), but none more so than Brasilia and its great maker, Oscar Niemeyer.

Among the most influential and important urban-scapers of the C.20th, Niemeyer defined the Brazilian modernist look and was responsible for many of the iconic constructions that characterise the South American federal capital.

Paying homage to the his various award-winning archi achievements is the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’s new exhibition Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia.

The major retrospective includes plans, models and photographs of the design don’s foremost avant-garde creations – including the National Congress building, crown-like Cathedral of Brasilia and UFO-esque Niterói Contemporary Art Museum – in a setting inspired by the curves and abstract forms of Niemeyer’s nature-driven aesthetic principles.

Apart from his stunning structures, the showcase also explores the modernist master’s personal story. From humble beginnings in Rio de Janeiro and his early professional partnership with Lúcio Costa, right through to his later years when he was still indefatigably drawing up new plans at the age of 104.

Until 12 Oct, 2015.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / 4-1-1 Miyoshi / Koto-ku / +81 3 5405 8686 / 10:00 am-6:00 pm Tue-Sat /