Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Niemeyer deserves more understanding

  • Comment
letters

One would have expected that the seven-decade career of Oscar Niemeyer, the architect whose early work Pevsner saw as 'irrational' and 'unfunctional', would have been understood by now. But the AJ editorial (6.2.03) proves otherwise.

Neither the Curitiba Museum Niemeyer completed two months ago, nor the photographers' favourite one at Niteroi (1999) - let alone his seemingly floating, cloud-scratching structures at Brasília - justify such terms as 'brutalism' or 'heavy organic forms embedded in the landscape'. Is it, perhaps, judgement rather than 'reputation [that] rests on work which was executed decades ago'?

Far from 'nostalgic' or 'crowd-pleasing', this year's choice (pictured above) confirms the Serpentine's curatorial genius. For Niemeyer may be '[much] talked about' but he remains little known.

Dr Styliane Philippou, London

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.