Brazilian Modernism (2)

Much more influential in forming attitudes to Brazilian Modernism than the exhibition of paintings in London in 1944 was the exhibition Brazil Builds at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, curated by Philip Goodwin, a beaux arts architect who had worked with Edward Durrell Stone on the design of the new MOMA, and with accompanying photographs by G.E. Kidder Smith, a fellow architect from Birmingham, Alabama who seems to have travelled round Brazil while serving in the US Navy.   The exhibition opened on 13 January 1943 and filled the whole ground floor of the museum with models, prints and sketches which brought an awareness of new Brazilian building, including the work of Niemeyer, to the world.

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