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Rio - Modernist optimism and the poetry of people

Only the Rio de Janeiro section of the Tate Modern's ambitious 'Century City' exhibition shows any examples of the heroic Modernist architecture which originated in Europe and subsequently defined the shape of the major urban economic centres of the world. The identification of Le Corbusier's vision with Rio, rather than anywhere else, comes about by the choice of the city to represent the period 1950 to 1964. This was a period of particular importance in Rio's recent past - although ...

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