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Brasilia Photo Exhibition

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Massey University School of Humanities, Palmerston North City Library and the Embassy of Brazil present Brasilia: A modernist city through the lens of Marcel Gautherot.

A collaboration among the Embassy of Brazil in New Zealand, Massey University and Palmerston North City Library has brought to you this wonderful photo exhibition about the construction of the city of Brasilia in the 1950's and 1960's.

Brasilia was a planned city, developed by renowned architects Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in 1956 in a scheme to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location.

The exhibition showcases the work of French photographer Marcel Gautherot, who moved to Brazil in 1940 and was later invited by Oscar Niemeyer to document this unprecedented and ambitious project.

Brasilia was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its modernist architecture and uniquely artistic urban planning. It was named the 'City of Design' by UNESCO in October 2017 and has been part of the Creative Cities Network since then.

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