Oscar Niemeyer catapulted Brazil to international acclaim with his design for numerous government buildings in the capital Brasilia.
Famous for saying that form follows beauty, Niemeyer carved his own architectural vision from the start. His iconic buildings, which include the National Congress of Brazil, the Cathedral of Brasilía, the Niterói Contemporary Art museum, and he was a part of the panel that designed the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, are defined by bold, swooping curves and colorful accents. Most recently, undeterred as a centenarian, Niemeyer designed a new theater for Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine.
Despite numerous career setbacks mostly brought on by the politics du jour, Niemeyer forged ahead, leaving behind a phenomenal legacy. “Brazil lost today one of its geniuses,” Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, said in a statement issued Wednesday night. “Few dreamed so intensely, and accomplished so much, as he did.” Not only Brazil, but indeed followers from around the globe will mourn the loss of one of architecture’s bravest visionaries.
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