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Paulo Mendes da Rocha Exhibition on Trienalli de Milano

As part of the Trienalli de Milano, the exhibition Paulo Mendes da Rocha Technique and Imagination opened on May 6th, bringing to Italy the work of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner and one of the greatest figures in contemporary architecture, Brazilian Paulo Mendes da Rocha.  The exhibition puts the architectural works of Mendes da Rocha in their historical context, highlighting a number of recurring themes which illustrate the importance of his work, through the gathering of over 150 vintage photographs, documents, books and period magazines, over 200 drawings and sketches, ten models, digital drawings, contemporary photographs, a series of videos made especially for the exhibition, and a series of Paulistano armchairs.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is a true reference of Brazilian contemporary architecture. For the last 50 years, the architect has created buildings of monumental scale using simple forms and materials like steel and concrete. He is part of the so-called Brutalist movement, characterized by a use of pre-fabricated concrete slabs, and is well known for his massive Brazilian Sculpture Museum in São Paulo.  The architect was born in Vitória, Brazil in 1928. He was influenced by Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy and João Vilanova Artigas and along with those architects created a very international style but which remained strongly Brazilian in character. The first Brazilian to win the prestigious Pritzker prize in 2006 since Oscar Niemeyer in 1988, Mendes da Rocha is a firm believer in the humanistic principle that design should be used to simply improve people’s lives.  Read more on the exhibition here.

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