The Oscar Niemeyer Museum receives, with great honor, the exhibition that celebrates the 50 year career of the architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner.
Jaime has a key role on the social, cultural and urban life of Curitiba, for he marked with his projects and innovative ideas a new image of the city. He went beyond, he took this image to others cities of Brazil and overseas, making the city a benchmark of implantation and planning of urban centers linked to quality of life and people’s well being.
As Governor of the State of Parana, he carried out the Project of Oscar Niemeyer Museum, designed by the great architect that named the museum. Inaugurated in 2002, with the name of Novo Museu, the space has become throughout 12 years a benchmark in art and culture in Brazil and in the world.
I thank Jaime Lerner, on behalf of all the team of MON, for his vision in perceiving that the culture can transform greatly the scenarios, daily life and lives.
Superlative invention of humanity, the city is its natural habitat. Setting of survival, territory of mythology, of art and of science, it is the communion, the collective construct, as collective is the construction of thought. This is the multi dimension city that inhabits the work of Jaime Lerner.
More than celebrating 50 years of architecture and urbanism, “From the Voices of the City” is the trajectory of his work – from imagination to inspiration to idea. Work set upon functionality and art, a binomial that well synthesizes his line of thought.
Curitiba is the center stage of Lerner’s imagination. Looking at the tile patterns of his father’s shop he finds out about perspective and knows he is to be an architect. Growing up on Barão do Rio Branco, a street that was then a synthesis of the world with the train station, the House of Representatives, radio broadcasters, intense retail activity, and a plot that hosted the visiting circus when they came to town, there he forges the vision of the future urbanist.
The innovative work that changed the face of Curitiba in the 1970’s calls the attention of writers, artists, scholars. Inspires urban managers and makes Curitiba the object of desire of many cities around the world.
Lerner is not the architect of exuberance. Nor is he a utopian or a visionary. He is, foremost, a realist, an agent of the possible dream, whose imagination consolidated itself as a referential idea, within reach of the reality of any city.