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Arts & Museums
Located along the Esplanada dos Ministérios, the National Museum was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and was opened on December 15th, 2006, the day the architect celebrated 99 years of life. The first exhibition the museum held was about Niemeyer's work and his contributions to the construction of Brasilia. The museum is part of the Cultural Complex of the Republica and puts Brasilia in the International Arts Circuit. This venue is used not only for itinerant exhibitions by renowned artists and important and socially relevant themes, but also for seminars, film festivals and other important cultural events, promoting a democratic education through culture.
The Metropolitan Cathedral was the first monument to be built in Brasilia designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, and it is one of the main landmarks of the city. In the square that leading up to the cathedral, there are four three meter (9.8 feet) tall bronze sculptures representing the Four Evangelists, created by the sculptor Dante Croce in 1968. A 12-meter (39 feet) wide, 40-centimeter (16 inch) deep reflecting pool surrounds the cathedral's roof, helping to cool it down. Visitors pass under this pool when entering the cathedral. Try to visit the most famous building in Brasilia on a sunny day so you can see the beautiful contrast of lights.
Designed by the brilliant architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1981, Memorial JK is a museum named after the initials of Juscelino Kubitschek who was an ex-president and also known as the founder of Brasilia. Visitors watch with bated breath the magical beauty of the sculpture and the stained glass windows designed by the talented Marianne Peretty. Juscelino's body and some of his belongings are contained in the memorial.
Idealized by Oscar Niemeyer to honor the mastermind who planned Brasilia, Espaço Lúcio Costa is a small museum located underneath the Praça dos Três Poderes. Opened in 1992, during the celebration of Costa's 90th birthday, the museum holds a mockup of Brasilia, the tactile model of the Pilot-Plan, panels with copies of the original project and historic pictures of the construction and inauguration of the city. This museum is not to be missed, since this is the only place to see the original works of those who designed the new capital of Brazil.
Banco do Brasil contributes to spreading culture mainly by sponsoring cultural projects to be shown at its Cultural Centers- in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte. In Brasilia, this pleasant and spacious cultural center offers permanent and temporary exhibitions, theater plays and concerts. There are free shuttles from the Brasilia bus terminal. Visit the official website for the schedule.
Catetinho, named after the presidential residence in Rio de Janeiro (Catete), was the first official residence of president Juscelino Kubitschek in Brasília. The idea of building it came from the president's friends in 1956. They suggested the president should have a temporary house while Brasília was being built. The architect Niemeyer designed it, and after ten days the building was done. It is quite a humble place, although it is also known as the Wooden Palace. Kubitschek wanted it this way so he wouldn't distance himself from the workers who lived in tents. It's been open for visitation since 1959.
The Athos Bulcão foundation was created in 1992 to honor the visual artist of the same name, who was born and raised in Brasilia. He contributed to giving Brasilia its most beautiful tile-works, such as the tile panels on the walls of the airport, of several hotels and the of National Congress. This non-profit foundation aims to preserve and spread Bulcão's work and contribute to the local youth's social, cognitive and productive development by promoting culture through art. The foundation also has an online shop, where you can buy items inspired on the artist's work.