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Palácio Gustavo Capanema

Built between 1936 and 1945, the Palácio Gustavo Capanema is a landmark of modern architecture in Brazil.

Opened in 1947, during the administration of Minister Gustavo Capanema, the building was built to be the headquarters of the Ministry of education and health. The Ministry is headquartered in Brasilia for a long time, but the building is still known today as "the Ministry of education" or "the building of the MEC".

The team of architects responsible for the project was led by Lucio Costa, who Carlos Leão, Ernani Vasconcelos, Jorge Moreira e Affonso Eduardo Reidy architects drew. Oscar Niemeyer also participated in the project, but as an intern. Roberto Burle Marx was responsible for landscaping. And the famous franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier served as a consultant.

The architecture of the building follows the principles and standards defined by Le Corbusier: a modern building for a country that wanted to be modern.

One of the charms of the Palace is the Piloti, with pillars of 10 meters that underpin the building and ensure the airing and lighting, without partitions or walls. This way, was created on the ground – an entire city block in the city centre – a public square, in which the building itself integrates, allowing the passage of pedestrians under the building.

The wing of the Auditorium, at ground level, protruding from the main block. A marquise, in opposite position, is the basis of the suspended garden designed by Burle Marx, responsible also for the garden.

Very beautiful are also the panels of tiles by Cândido Portinari and the sculptures of Bruno Giorgi. In the Palace there are also paintings by Alberto Guignard and Pancetti; and sculptures of Jacqques Lipchltz and Celso Antônio Silveira de Menezes.

After that the Ministry of education moved to Brasilia, the Palace Capanema lost its original function. Today it houses institutions such as the Funarte, Central archive and library Noronha Santos (IPHAN), in addition to art galleries.

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Statue-Bruno Giorgi
Monument to the Brazilian youth, 1947.
The pillars that underpin the building are 10 meters tall.
The tiles are of Cândido Portinari.
The tiles are of Cândido Portinari.
Gustavo Capanema

Public art seminar

Assuming that all the art form to spread freely through the city, the Group Is in the street organized the public art Seminar, an entire day of free activities.

The event, which takes place November 27 day at Gustavo Capanema Palace, debates, exhibitions, performances and interventions of artists of ruaque will prove that public art is that which manifests itself in any part of the city, for any and all public, without discrimination of any kind and are not buying and not selling.


09:00 | Table of Debate
With: Amir Haddad, Zeca Ligiero and Chicao Saints.

12:00 | Communication of practical experience
With: Imbuaça Group (SE), naked dark (GO) and Urban Pigeons (SP)

13:00 | The group will be the Benidito?! features variable data

14:00 | Grande Cia Brasileira de Mystérios and Folklore of Admiral Black presents Novelties in Africa

15:00 | Table of Debate
With: Amir Haddad, Reimont and Andre Career

17:30 | Communication of practical experience
With: Terreira of the tribe (RS), Barter (RN) and Imaginary (RO)

18:30 | OffSina Group presents Tremelicando

19:00 | It's on the Street Group presents Anárgiros.

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The Center and the arts

The Centre of the city is not only a place of work, is also a neighbourhood where different cultural schedules are concentrated. Say this may be for some novelty and obviousness to others. With that in mind, we've assembled the exhibitions that are happening so that you can organize between work and leisure time to enjoy what the Center at its best: art.
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The Surroundings
Sala Funarte Sidney Miller 21m
Metamorfose 174m
nOkoni 190m
Bardana 195m
Biblioteca Nacional 217m
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes 243m
Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal 266m
Praça Marechal Floriano 302m
Theatro Municipal 304m
Amarelinho 319m
O Navegador 326m
Rio Music 327m
Rio Music Gourmet 327m
Palácio Pedro Ernesto 345m
Teatro Rival 371m
Odeon BR 371m
Pioneiro dos Sucos 381m
Govinda 459m
Igreja de São José 500m
Vivo Rio 504m
Grão Café 509m
Estação dos Bondes de Sta. Teresa 529m
Museu Histórico Nacional 564m
Museu de Arte Moderna 565m
Palácio Tiradentes 566m
Sabor Saúde 571m
Club Six 580m
Passeio Público 587m
Paço Imperial 592m
Bistrô do Paço 608m
Albamar 632m
Global Café 638m
Café do Bom Cachaça da Boa 646m
Casa Cavé 657m
Igreja de Nossa Sra. do Monte do Carmo 659m
Praça XV de Novembro 661m
Il Piccolo Caffé 669m
Confeitaria Colombo 678m
Igreja da Ordem 3ª do Monte do Carmo 690m
Estação das Barcas 699m
Botequim do Itahy 700m
Arco do Telles 701m
Bar Luiz 724m
Aeroporto Santos Dumont 732m
Pharmácia Granado 740m
Tempeh 747m
Majestade Show 751m
Coccinelle Bistrô 753m
Samba Caffè 760m
Bon Profit 765m
Pizzaria Guanabara 768m
The Line 768m
Bistrô Ouvidor 770m
Manaita Sushi 772m
Rua do Ouvidor 773m
Antigamente 774m
Dito e Feito 775m
Cosmopolita 776m
Toca do Baiacú 777m
Tabacaria do Ouvidor 778m
Livraria Folha Seca 780m
Igreja Nossa Sra. da Lapa dos Mercadores 782m
Igreja de Santa Cruz dos Militares 782m
Polo Criativo 784m
Sala Cecília Meireles 784m
Ernesto 792m
Arcos da Lapa 797m
Parada da Lapa 801m
Fundição Progresso 802m
Alto Lapa 807m
Vegecoop 809m
Gafieira Moderna 809m
Zoubért 810m
Al Khayam 813m
King Crab 820m
Rancho Inn 822m
Circo Voador 825m
Mercado 32 826m
Cine Ideal 828m
Casarão 1881 834m
La Passion Club 842m
Balanceado 843m
Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da II Guerra Mundial 843m
Centro de Arte Maria Teresa Vieira 844m
Brasserie Rosário 847m
Ben Fatto 848m
Dejà Vu 852m
Lapa Irish Pub 853m
Al-Farabi 854m
Verde Vício 858m
Semente 858m
Casual Retrô 860m
Adega Flor de Coimbra 860m
Gohan 867m
Compão 870m
Leviano Bar 884m
Bonde Sucos 891m
Escadaria Selarón 900m
Teatro Odisséia 903m
Choperia Brazooka 909m
La Esquina 912m
Centro Cultural Carioca 922m
Arco Íris da Lapa 922m
Largo das Artes 925m
Catrin 927m
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil 931m
Teatro Carlos Gomes 945m
Largo Albino Pinheiro 945m
Gaspar 945m
Belmonte 948m
Rio Rock & Blues 949m
Teatro João Caetano 950m
Bar da Boa 954m
Mestre Kami 960m
Barzinho 960m
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura 965m
Praça Paris 966m
Casa França-Brasil 968m
Antônio's 971m
Boteco da Garrafa 972m
Rua do Lavradio 979m
Victor 979m
Pizzaria Carioca da Gema 981m
TribOz - Rio 982m
Barbieri 983m
Bar Brasil 986m
Carioca da Gema 987m
Praça Tiradentes 989m
Mofo Lapa 991m
Sacrilégio 993m
Nova Capela 998m


A national competition was held to choose the project of building of the Ministry. The jury gave the prize to the architect Archimedes Memoria, whose project was very conservative.
The Minister Capanema didn't like the decision: he wanted a modern building, symbolizing the modernization of the country. Then, the Minister ordered to pay the winner the prize of the contest; but called the architect Lucio Costa and commissioned a new project. And that was the project finally built.
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