Goodbye Oscar Niemeyer

December, 13 2012 10:00

Posted inArchitecture

I’m always sorry when I’m not the author of those wonderful words capable to materialize a clear, powerful and almost tangible image in front of the reader’s eyes. And in these cases I cannot do better than quote the cleverness of others: "The last communist with Fidel Castro, utopian, revolutionary, teacher of the Modern in a carioca sauce, atheist not reluctant to God, Oscar Niemeyer was the main character of a unique season, where architecture became the tool for Brazilian President Kubitschek Jascelino’s political dream, and an ideal of freedom, embodied in the buildings of the new capital (Brasilia ed.n.), inaugurated in 1960" (Andrea Plebe, Il Secolo XIX)

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Niteroi, Brazil - Marcela Grassi, via europaconcorsi.com

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Niteroi, Brazil - Marcela Grassi, via europaconcorsi.com

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Niteroi, Brazil - Marcela Grassi, via europaconcorsi.com

 

The visionary architect of Brazilian modernism, who died on the threshold of his 105 years, loved life and architecture as if they were an inseparable part of each other, but he never tired of repeating that life is worth more than architecture: in his words you can clearly distinguish the musicality and warmth of a carioca life.

Oscar Niemeyer loved the Brazilian community and its land so much that he designed public buildings (including a Samba-drome), museums, concert halls, cultural centres and churches, because his architecture had to make the world a better place for everyone.

In 1964, with the advent to power of the military regime, after the inauguration of the capital Brasilia in 1960, he migrates to France to come back to Rio De Janeiro only after 20 years, bringing home a new love for architecture devoid of any rationality rule imposed by the Bauhaus.

Concrete was definitely his preferred material: through his drawings and creativity, his concrete structures came to life with elongated and slender forms, with illusions of being weightless and soft. In 1988 he received the Pritkzer Price which gave back his fame, lost due to his political views.

 

Auditorium a Ravello, Italia - via europaconcorsi.com

 

Auditorium a Ravello, Italia - via europaconcorsi.com

 

Auditorium a Ravello, Italia - via europaconcorsi.com

 

Up to the last years of his life, he continued to draw in his studio overlooking Copacabana. And it is there, in that magical place, that he finds strength and inspiration to write, at 103 years old, the text for a samba, "Now my life will be different. Pyjama pants, striped shirt, sandals on my feet, every day I will walk on the beach and there, a beautiful woman, God willing, I will find ...".

 

Casa Das Canoas, Ria De Janeiro, Brasile - Daniele Domenicali, via europaconcorsi.com

 

Casa Das Canoas, Ria De Janeiro, Brasile - Daniele Domenicali, via europaconcorsi.com