Matosinhos, Portugal. From Lúcio Costa to Paulo Mendes da Rocha, an exhibition at Casa da Arquitectura delves into a growing archive.
On April 21, 1960 the new federal capital of Brazil was inaugurated: from Lúcio Costa to Oscar Niemeyer, the controversial history of its foundation and the baptism of Brazilian modernism.
Organised by Yuko Hasegawa with Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa at the MoT, “Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia” is the first major retrospective of Niemeyer in Japan.
Francesco Marini looks at the Brasilia’s residential areas where the space is methodically proportionate to the human figure. In this space the local population has grown accustomed to an ideal lifestyle in relationship with wide public spaces and nature.
The photographer Iwan Baan is collaborating with Swiss publisher Lars Müller on the production of a book which, through his images and the texts by Cees Nooteboom, a comparison is drawn between Brasilia and Chandigarh.
“One should always make sure that buildings do not resemble each other. It is the same concept as for art. When one observes and is moved, it is because they see something different. Architecture is invention. All the rest is repetition and of no interest”. (Oscar Niemeyer, 2009)