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Oscar Niemeyer

Date de naissance: 15. décembre 1907
Date de décès: 5. décembre 2012

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida de Niemeyer Soares est un architecte et un designer brésilien.

Il est un des plus célèbres architectes brésiliens. Son œuvre, qui s'inscrit étroitement dans le mouvement du style international, tient une place majeure dans l'histoire de l'architecture moderne. Il est surtout connu pour la construction de Brasilia au Brésil avec l'urbaniste Lucio Costa, inaugurée en 1960. Exilé en Europe au milieu des années 1960, il a notamment construit le siège du Parti communiste français, l'ancien siège du journal L'Humanité, la Bourse du travail de Bobigny et la Maison de la culture du Havre.

Il a reçu le prix Pritzker en 1988 et a été fait commandeur de la Légion d'honneur le 12 décembre 2007, trois jours avant son centième anniversaire. Wikipedia

Citations Oscar Niemeyer

„I had some good opportunities. I was lucky to have had the chance to do things differently. Architecture is about surprise.“

—  Oscar Niemeyer

Quoted in "Architect of Optimism," Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times (2007-04-13).

„I have always accepted and respected all other schools of architecture, from the chill and elemental structures of Mies van der Rohe to the imagination and delirium of Gaudi. I must design what pleases me in a way that is naturally linked to my roots and the country of my origin.“

—  Oscar Niemeyer

Quoted in "Gordon Bunshaft and Oscar Niemeyer: Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates 1988" http://www.pritzkerprize.com/bunnei.htm#...about%20Oscar%20Niemeyer, pritzkerprize.com (1988).

„It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.“

—  Oscar Niemeyer

As quoted in Plans, Sections and Elevations : Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century (2004) by Richard Weston
Variant translations:
It is not the right angle that attracts me,
Nor the hard, inflexible straight line, man-made.
What attracts me are free and sensual curves.
The curves in my country’s mountains,
In the sinuous flow of its rivers,
In the beloved woman’s body.
As quoted in "Architect of Optimism" http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/db740a7a-e897-11db-b2c3-000b5df10621.html?nclick_check=1, Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times (2007-04-13)
It is not the right angle that attracts me.
nor the straight line, tough, inflexible,
created by man.
what attracts me is the free, sensual curve.
the curve I find in the mountains of my country,
in the sinuous course of its rivers,
in the waves of the sea,
in the clouds of the sky,
in the body of the favourite woman.
Of curves is made all the universe.
As quoted on a Photo page on the Museum of Contemporary Art over Baia da Guanabara http://app.tabblo.com/studio/stories/view/122423/?nextnav=favs&navuser=1

„Life is very fleeting. It’s important to be gentle and optimistic. We look behind and think what we’ve done in this life has been good. It was simple; it was modest. Everyone creates their own story and moves on. That’s it. I don’t feel particularly important. What we create is not important. We’re very insignificant.“

—  Oscar Niemeyer

Quoted in "Why Oscar Niemeyer is king of curves" http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/architecture_and_design/article3035080.ece, Tom Dyckhoff, The Times Online (London, 2007-12-12).

„My work is not about "form follows function," but "form follows beauty" or, even better, "form follows feminine."“

—  Oscar Niemeyer

Source: Quoted in Tracy Metz, "'Form Follows Feminine': Niemeyer, 90, Is Still Going Strong," Architectural Record (December 1997), p. 35.

„Humanity needs dreams to endure misery, even if just for an instant.“

—  Oscar Niemeyer

Original: (pt) Quoted in Ciro Faro, De volta para a terra
Original: A humanidade precisa de sonhos para suportar a miséria, nem que seja por um instante.

„It's funny, the power of beauty, to make us forget such injustice.“

—  Oscar Niemeyer

Original: (pt) É estranho o poder da beleza, que nos faz esquecer tanta injustiça.
Source: Quoted in Alberto Xavier, Depoimento de uma geração: arquitetura moderna brasileira

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