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Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Niteroi Contemporary Art MuseumImages credit: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói — MAC) is situated in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of the city’s main landmarks.

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini, the MAC-Niterói is 16 meters high and its cupola has a diameter of 50 meters with three floors. Hall of Expositions has a capacity for sixty people. More info can be found on wikipedia.

Many thanks to Alberto for contribution!

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11 Responses to “Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)”

  1. Galvani Says:
    November 17th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    One of the wonders of architecture, i was there in 2005, amazing place, Niemeyer is a Genius.

  2. george carroll Says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Niemeyer is a genius. He is still active and will be 101 years Dec 15, 2008. Always amazing!

  3. John Bray Says:
    December 3rd, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    It looks lovely, but like many of Niemeyer’s buildings, its practicality is compromised by the design, as access is conterintuitive, and walking through the gallery is confusing

  4. Mauro Mello Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Not only that:

    * The cargo lift in the middle wasn’t properly designed, so the art works have to be carried through the outside (innapropriate) pathway, sometimes under rain (there’s no protection for rain, as in ALL Niemeyer works)

    * There is an absurd shortage of space for hanging pictures/art, such as wall space (same thing with Memorial America Latina, in Sao Paulo). This renders each exhibition an exercise in improvisation — a ridiculous problem for a building commisioned as a museum

    I wish everybody that hurries to label Niemeyer “a genius” had to spend sometime USING his buildings. NOTHING projected by Niemeyer functions properly.

    I am Brazilian and I’m still to see any of this “genius” work serve its purpose sufferably well. Nevertheless, each and every construction project in Brasilia has to be approved (and payed for that) by Niemeyer’s office. (By the way: does anyone know what that other “genius”, Lucio Costa, had in mind for the inhabitants of Brasilia, so they could move from one place to the other without a car, since the city has no sidewalks whatsoever and is plagued by grass slopes that block pedestrian movements? I’ve asked this question to a lot of “connected” people and never heard one sensible answer).

  5. gabe Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Niemeyer’s projects are indeed functionality poor..
    but nevertheless his buildings look really cool!

    as a work of art (not as much a work of design) the building is amazing

  6. AYHAN MENTE? Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    recent developments in art is reflected in these work please look at mentesh art gallery

  7. James Fristachi Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    when was this building built?
    why was it built?
    what was used to build it?

  8. James Fristachi Says:
    March 26th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    please just email me with this information

    thank you

  9. James Fristachi Says:
    March 26th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    how long did this building take 2 build

  10. James Fristachi Says:
    March 26th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    please email us with this is needed for a project due tomorrow and we cant really find any useful information about this building on the internet or in any books.

    thank you

  11. Franky44 Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Would be great if he designed something simmilar as a go-cart fun track.