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From the Voices of the City

Exhibition of 50 years of Jaime Lerner's career Held at Museu Oscar Niemeyer between 11 December 2014 and 5 April 2015

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum receives, with great honor, the exhibition that celebrates the 50 years of career of the architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner.
Jaime has a fundamental role in the social, cultural and urban life of Curitiba, as he marked with his projects and innovative ideas a new image of the city. It went even further, taking this image to other cities in Brazil and abroad, making the capital a reference model for the implantation and planning of urban centers combined with the quality of life and well-being of people.
As Governor of the State of Paraná, he executed the Oscar Niemeyer Museum project, designed by the great architect who gives the museum its name. Inaugurated in 2002, with the name of New Museum, the space has become, over 12 years, a reference in art and culture in Brazil and in the world.
I am grateful, on behalf of the entire MON team, to Jaime Lerner for his vision of realizing that culture is a great transformator of scenarios, daily life and lives.

Estela Sandrini

Cultural Director of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum

The greatest invention of man, the city is its natural habitat. Scenario of survival, territory of mythology, art and science, is communion, collective building, as collective is the construction of thought. This is the city of multiple dimensions that inhabits the work of Jaime Lerner.
More than celebrating its 50 years of architecture and urbanism, “Das Vozes da Cidade” is the path of his work - from imagination to inspiration, to the idea. A work based on functionality and art, a combination that well synthesizes his thinking.
Curitiba is the first stage of Lerner's imagination. Looking at the tile design in his father's store, he discovers the perspective and knows he will be an architect. Growing up in Barão do Rio Branco, a street that was then a synthesis of the world, with the train station, the Legislative Assembly, radio stations, intense commerce and a land that received the circuses that were exhibited in the city, forge the look there of the urbanist future.
The innovative work that changed the face of Curitiba in the 1970s arouses the attention of writers, artists, scholars. It inspires urban managers and makes Curitiba the object of desire in many cities around the world.
Lerner is not the architect of exuberance. Not a utopian or a visionary. Rather, he is a realist, an operator of the possible dream, whose imagination has been consolidated as a reference idea, within reach of the reality of any city.

Valeria Bechara


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