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O Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói localiza-se no Mirante da Boa Viagem, no bairro de Boa Viagem da cidade de Niterói, estado do Rio de Janeiro, no Brasil. Projetado pelo arquiteto Oscar Niemeyer, o MAC tornou-se um dos cartões-postais de Niterói.

Edificado em 1996, destaca-se na paisagem pelo arrojo de seus traços contemporâneos, que o fazem assemelhar-se a um cálice ou a disco voador. Foram necessários cinco anos para erguer a estrutura de quatro pavimentos, inscrita numa praça de 2.500 m².

Estudante no início da década de 1960, olhei para o trabalho de Niemeyer como um estímulo, analisando com cuidado os desenhos de cada novo projeto. Quarenta anos depois, ele ainda tem o poder de nos surpreender.
O Museu de Niterói é um bom exemplo. Posicionado no promontório rochoso como uma planta exótica, ele despedaça o convencional justapondo arte com uma vista panorâmica do porto do Rio. É como se, em sua mente, ele tivesse esmagado nas rochas abaixo a convencional caixa da galeria, e nos desafiado a enxergar arte e natureza como duas coisas iguais.

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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, who had worked with Niemeyer on earlier projects, the MAC-Niterói is 16 meters high; its cupola has a diameter of 50 meters with three floors. The museum projects itself over Boa Viagem (“Bon Voyage,” “Good Journey”), the 817-square meter reflecting pool that surrounds the cylindrical base “like a flower,” in the words of Niemeyer.

A wide access slope leads to a Hall of Expositions, which has a capacity for sixty people. Two doors lead to the viewing gallery, through which can be seen the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, and Sugarloaf Mountain. The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach. In the film Oscar Niemeyer, an architect committed to his century (Marc Henri Wajnberg, 2000), Niemeyer is seen flying over Rio de Janeiro in a UFO, which then lands on the site, suggesting this as the origin of the museum.
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Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

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. It was completed in 1996.

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini, who had worked with Niemeyer on earlier projects, the MAC-Niterói is 16 meters high; its cupola has a diameter of 50 meters with three floors. The museum projects itself over Boa Viagem (“Bon Voyage,” “Good Journey”), the 817 square metres (8,790 sq ft) reflecting pool that surrounds the cylindrical base “like a flower,” in the words of Niemeyer.

A wide access slope leads to a Hall of Expositions, which has a capacity for sixty people. Two doors lead to the viewing gallery, through which can be seen the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, and Sugarloaf Mountain. The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach. In the film Oscar Niemeyer, an architect committed to his century, Niemeyer is seen flying over Rio de Janeiro in a UFO which then lands on the site, suggesting this to be the origin of the museum.


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List of Oscar Niemeyer works

List of buildings and structures by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. From the approximately 600 projects designed by Niemeyer, only the most notable are listed below.