If you will be in New York between September 9th and November 27th, I highly recommend you to check out Brasilia, a Photo Exhibition Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Brazil's capital. The exhibition will be at the 1500 Gallery and they specializes in Brazilian Photography. Brasilia, a group exhibition of vintage photographs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the capital of Brazil, will be on view at 1500 Gallery September 9-November 27, 2010. Curated by Brazilian photographer Murillo Meirelles, the exhibition will include images that show Brasilia being planned, constructed and inaugurated from 1958-1960. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 16 from 6-8 pm. 1500 Gallery is located at 511 W 25th St. 607, New York, NY. Image of Oscar Niemeyer - Photo Credit: Gil Pinhero A city planned and built from scratch in the very center of the country, Brasilia replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil in 1960. The architectural, figurative and photojournalistic images in the Brasilia exhibition highlight the idealism of Juscelino Kubitschek’s socialist government and its team of visionary urban planners, architects and landscape designers including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx. The nine images in the exhibition include a portrait of Oscar Niemeyer, pictures of workers cutting steel and laying beams, an aerial view of the Esplanade under construction, and several images of the National Congress. Photos Untitled 1 - Nicolau Drey - Digital C-Print 44.5" x 95" Untitled 2 - Nicolau Drey - Digital C-Print 48" x 60" Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Stuckert - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Jader Neves - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border About 1500 Gallery Alexandre Bueno de Moraes and Andrew S. Klug founded 1500 Gallery in 2010. The gallery specializes in Brazilian photography and is the first gallery in the world with this explicit focus. 1500 interprets the notion of “Brazilian photography” to comprise photography made by Brazilian photographers, as well as images bearing a conceptual or thematic relationship to Brazil. 1500 represents the work of 17 artists, both emerging and established: 6 of 1500’s photographers are represented in the Sao Paulo Museum of Art’s Collection of Photography. 1500’s collection of images includes both contemporary and vintage photography. For more information, visit http://www.1500gallery.com
Yesterday, April 21st 2010, Brasilia - Brasil's capital - celebrated 50 years. A revolutionary project of a city built in only 4 years. Counting with talented hands from Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, the city became a landmark for brazilian architecture. "...a person who visits Brasília can like or dislike the buildings, mas can't say that already seen something alike before. And architecture is that - invention." The History In 1956, Juscelino Kubitschek - the president back then - started a plan to build a new city for Brazil's government. With the goal to plan and execute the construction were Oscar Niemeyer, the mind who would give forms and curves to official buildings, and Lucio Costa, the man with the 'airplane shape' urbanist plan. And incredibly, in only 4 years, the city was inaugurated. Many buildings were only skeletons, but the candangos (name of the first inhabitants of the new city), were celebrating the new political city in Brazil. "Not even my friends, who helped me a lot, understood my ideas. People used to see the project and say: "Very beautiful!" But they didn't understand a thing." Brasilia Today We can certainly say that Brasilia changed the ways for brazilian architecture. Niemeyer showed in a couple os lines the harmony and beauty that those buildings would have. And it is interesting that during all these years, the buildings remain great and admired all over the world. The modern use of concrete and glass and the sensual shapes of buildings inspired in women curves are marks of Brasilia's architecture. Selo comemorativo 50 anos de Braília At the Cathedral, for instance, I avoided the usual solutions of old dark cathedrals, recalling sins. Official Website: brasilia50anos.com.br.