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'Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia'

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO

by Yuki Hayashi

Staff Writer

July 18-Oct.12.

Even before he could hold a pencil, Oscar Niemeyer was drawing in the air with his fingers. His talent blossomed decades later and he became a renowned architect, receiving international acclaim in 1941 for the Pampulha Architectural Complex in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. As his reputation grew, he joined the design team for the U.N. headquarters in New York City, which was completed in 1952. Then in 1956, he became the government’s chief architect and took on the major role of designing Brasilia, a new capital for Brazil.

With heavy use of concrete and free-flowing curves, Niemeyer’s buildings have become icons of modern architecture. This exhibition includes models, images and documentary clips that span his life’s work, from his early projects up to his death at age 104 in 2012.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Kiyosumishirakawa Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. till 9 p.m.). ¥1,100. Closed Mon. 03-5245-4111; www.mot-art-museum.jp