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Letter signed by Oscar Niemeyer (1960)

Letter signed by Oscar Niemeyer (1960)

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Oscar Niemeyer, the architectural genius, is grateful for support from Israel, a country where his projects generated a lot of controversy.

  • Letter of thanks from Oscar Niemeyer for praise from Josef Weil, an unidentified Israeli.
  • One page.
  • In English.
  • Brasília, June 29, 1960.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

During the dictatorship, Oscar Niemeyer spent six months in Israel, where his projects generated controversy and debate, particularly over the construction of skyscrapers: for Niemeyer the right solution for a country where land was so scarce and expensive. "I sought to work only out of loyalty to my own personal ideals and to produce unique and varied works that please me and justify my stay in Israel" , he said.

On the one hand, he admired the new country's socialist spirit, optimism and planning; on the other hand, he complained about conservatism and prejudices, especially in terms of architecture. In his memoirs, Niemeyer wrote that Israel is "a wonderful land full of contradictions and beauty" , he really liked the deserts and the city of Tel Aviv.

Letters from Oscar Niemeyer almost never appear on the market, as the family and recipients keep them preciously. This copy is very interesting because it was written during the construction of Brasília, the architect's masterpiece. His admirer is Israeli, from Tel Aviv, an important period and city for the master. Finally, we have a beautiful signature by Niemeyer, whose curves remind us of his work.

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