As many of you know, Mr. Niemeyer who won the Pritzker prize in 1988, is currently running some 20 projects in several countries. In May of this year, Mr.Niemeyer who is aged 104, was hospitalised for pneumonia and dehydration. Again, the last weekend, Mr.Niemeyer has been hospitalized for a week with symptoms of dehydration, though his condition has stabilized and he is again receiving visits from family members, medical officials said. According to the press office of the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro’s Botafogo neighborhood, Niemeyer is lucid, has conversed with relatives who have visited him and is breathing without the aid of artificial respiration.
Oscar Niemeyer, born on December 15, 1907 in Rio de Janeiro, is most famous for his use of abstract forms and curves that specifically characterize every one of his works; he didn’t stick to traditional straight lines, and he is not attracted to straight angles or lines but rather he is captured by ”free-flowing, sensual curves… on the body of the beloved woman.”
“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein”
“Oscar Niemeyer” International Cultural Centre