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Architectural Archive of Oscar Niemeyer

Registration year: 2013
Submission year: 
2012
Collection ID: 
2012-39

Oscar Niemeyer Foundation proposes the candidacy of its documentary collection, which consists of sketches, drawings, and album of the architect Oscar Niemeyer produced from 1938 to 2005. The collection consists of 8927 documents, with boards of sketches sets, boards of architectural albums and boards of technical drawings which form a valuable record of the work of an artist who marked the international architecture of the twentieth century. The sheer size of the set of documents and the fact that it covers not built projects of Oscar Niemeyer (often the only record of these), makes this collection an invaluable asset to be preserved. However, in addition to primary research sources, many of these documents are true works of art. The sketches and albums are original documents, rare and almost entirely, unique. They not only bring traces of free curves and poetic that marked the work of Niemeyer, but also revealed the architect's working method. Niemeyer produced albums to present his projects and he used them in the very process of creation. He designed his projects and wrote what he called "Necessary Explanation." In this process, he matured and validated his creation.

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Architectural Archive of Oscar Niemeyer

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The collection consists of 8927 documents, with boards of sketches sets, boards of architectural albums and boards of technical drawings which form a valuable record of the work of an artist who marked the international architecture of the twentieth century. In addition to primary research sources, many of these documents are true works of art. The sketches and albums are original documents, rare and almost entirely unique. They not only bring traces of free curves and poetic that marked the work of Niemeyer, but also reveal the architect's working method.

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