Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monday FILM NIGHT: Oscar Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air (2010)

On Monday, March 31st, at 6pm in the Rosenthal Lecture Room at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s offices, the documentary Oscar Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air (2010) will be shown.

The showing is FREE to all.  However, only reserved seating is available.  Those who wish to attend must call 561.832.0731, ext. 110 to reserve a seat.  Email responses are not accepted.

Considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture, Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city which became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential on the architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Both lauded and criticized for being a “sculptor of monuments”, Niemeyer was praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. He was most famous for his use of abstract forms and curves that characterize most of his works.

Over a career of 78 years he designed approximately 600 projects. He was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1988. Niemeyer continued on working into the end of the 20th and beginning of the early 21st century until his death on December 5, 2012 at the age of 104.

The Foundation’s Executive Director Alexander C. Ives will present a short introduction, linking the film with the causes and work of the Preservation Foundation.
The showing will begin at 6pm.
Please note, doors lock at 6:15pm.

Refreshments will be provided.
As with all events, the Preservation Foundation expects attendees to act respectfully.  We reserve the right to turn away anyone.