Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro on December 15, 1907. In the 1940s, '50s and '60s he established himself as one of Modernism's greatest luminaries, while he reshaped Brazil’s identity in the popular imagination and mesmerized architects around the globe. During the 1950s while Brasilia was starting to develop, Oscar Niemeyer made incredible amounts of contributions to the country by designing many important buildings in Brasilia. He is a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact. Niemeyer is most famous for his use of abstract forms and curves that specifically characterize every one of his works. He didn’t stick to traditional straight lines, he is not attracted to straight angles or lines but rather he is captured by ”free-flowing", sensual curves… [like that] on the body of the beloved woman. 

He died the 6th. of Dezember 2012 at the age of almost 105 years and was still working.

(source, Wikipedia)

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

National Congress of Brazil, Brasília

Cathedral of Brasília

Centro Cultural, Avilés, Spain 

Palácio da Alvorada, first building in 
Brasília, Brazil 

Oscar Niemeyer Museum, 
Curitiba, Brazil

Auditorium, Ibirapuera Park, Brazil

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