18.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Architectural Archive of Oscar Niemeyer and Documents of the Emperor D. Pedro II are inscribed on UNESCO Memory of World Register 2013

A collection of 8.927 documents, boards of sketches, albums, and technical designs of the architect Oscar Niemeyer and the Documents regarding the Emperor D. Pedro II's journeys in Brazil and abroad are among the 54 new inscriptions on UNESCO Memory of the World Register approved today by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

The two proposals presented by Brazil were analysed by the International Consultative Committee for the Memory of the World programme, meeting in Gwangju (Republic of Korea) from 18 to 21 June.

In accordance to the proposal submitted by Brazil to UNESCO, the documental collection of Niemeyer, deceased last year, forms a valuable register of the work by an artist who transformed the Architecture of the 20th century in the world. Besides being primary sources, many of these documents are considered true works of art. The sketches and albums are original, rare and especially unique documents. In the documents, there can be distinguished not only curves and poetry featured in the works of Niemeyer, but also his method of work.

The collection of documents regarding the Emperor D. Pedro II's journeys in Brazil and abroad taken place between 1840 and 1913. D. Pedro II took various trips during the 490 years of his kingdom. He visited many places of Brazil and four continentes. The travels allowed him to experience new lands and cultures. These documents were written or received by  D. Pedro II during a period of profound historical changes that later would turn into the most modern cultural references viewed by a privileged observer such as the Emperor of Brazil and by his partners, especially intellectuals. These declarations not only reveal aspects of thinking, of scientific discoveries, of cultural diversities, and political passions, but also allow the analysis of the diplomatic relations between Brazil and the countries of other continents.

More information on the two new inscriptions from Brazil:

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UNESCO Office in Brazil
Ana Lúcia Guimarães, a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org, +55 61-2106 3536

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