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Over seven decades, Oscar Niemeyer designed approximately 600 buildings, including almost all public structures in his homeland’s futuristic new capital, Brasília. This essential introduction presents Niemeyer’s unique, voluptuous modernist touch and its transformative influence on buildings of business, faith, culture, and the public imagination of Brazil.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.23 lb96 pages
Niemeyer

Niemeyer

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Brazilian Curves

A uniquely sensual modernism in Brasília and beyond

Until his death at age 104, Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012) was something of an unstoppable architectural force. Over seven decades of work, he designed approximately 600 buildings, transforming skylines from Bab-Ezzouar, Algeria, to his homeland masterpiece Brasília.

Niemeyer’s work took the reduced forms of modernism and infused them with free-flowing grace. In place of pared-down starkness, his structures rippled with sinuous and seductive lines. In buildings such as the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Edifício Copan, or the Metropolitan Cathedral in Brasília, he brought curvaceousness to the concrete jungle. In the futuristic federal capital of Brasília, he designed almost all public buildings, and thus became integral to the global image of Brazil.

With rich illustrations documenting highlights from his prolific career, this book introduces Niemeyer’s unique vision and its transformative influence on buildings of business, faith, culture, and the public imagination of Brazil.
The author

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His TASCHEN books include the Architecture Now! series and monographs on numerous major architects, including Norman Foster, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid.

Niemeyer
Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.56 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-3613-4

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-3622-6

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-7119-7

Edition: Spanish
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Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture series features:
• an introduction to the life and work of the architect
• the major works in chronological order
• information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
• a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
• approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts, and plans)

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