Museu Oscar Niemeyer
Rua Marechal Hermes, Curitiba, Brazil
www.museuoscarniemeyer.org.br - (41) 3350-4400
Museu Oscar Niemeyer Curitiba Reviews
The Eye has it. Dec 22, 2011
MON - Museu Oscar Niemeyer - the Oscar Niemeyer Museum
Oscar Niemeyer is one of Brazil’s most famous architects and this museum highlights some of his work around Brazil and the rest of the world as well as being one of the largest museums of arts, architecture and design in Latin America. Its collection houses over 2,200 works of nationwide and worldwide renowned artists.
The building itself was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, its 35,000 m2 structure stands out amid a 144,000m2 green area. The complex is formed by the main building, designed in 1967, and the new addition, conceived in 2001 and inspired by the araucaria, a large tree and symbol of Paraná. The elliptic shape and glass walls of this new building have given MON the endearing and popular “Museu do Olho” (The Eye Museum) nickname. We just called it the eye.
If you have ever seen a photo of Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, you will be familiar with Oscar Niemeyer’s work; he was the main architect of this planned city and Lúcio Costa the main urban planner. Brasilia was developed in 1956 and looks like a city from the future in a sci-fi movie.
Walking through the eye, I remember getting a feeling of vertigo as I neared the edge of the ‘corner’ of the eye. I knew I was standing on solid ground, but my brain could not get the picture of the eye out of my mind and I thought it could topple over at any minute.
The artwork was wonderful and I have a few favourites that I have taken photos of, mostly paintings of beach scenes; one particular panoramic of Rio in days gone by really took my fancy. I’ll add the photos so you can see what I was attracted to this day. I’m sure if I go back another day, other works will catch my eye depending on my mood.
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