From Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia to here in Curitiba, Oscar Niemeyer’s distinct, modern designs are a staple in Brazilian architecture. Honoring him as one of Brazil’s most famed architects, his eponymous museum is one of the city’s top attractions. The building itself is the centerpiece of the museum. Designed by Niemeyer, the sleek, modern and eccentric eye-shaped structure sits perched upon a bright yellow platform, overlooking a reflecting pool, while large pedestrian walkways sweep around the building and the surrounding gardens. The building was completed in 2002 and is representative of Niemeyer’s signature style.
The 375,000-square-foot (35,000-square-meter) space is considered the largest exhibition area in Latin America. While the works by Niemeyer himself are the main attraction, the museum also features permanent collections and special exhibitions from other artists, focusing on visual art, architecture, urban studies and more. Those interested in design and modern archite