It’s official! Gustavo Capanema Palace will be one of the headquarters of the World Congress of Architects UIA2020RIO. The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), which organizes the event, and the Ministry of Culture signed the use permit for the building for UIA2020RIO in July 2020. The signing of the permit happened during the event that celebrated the delivery of the restoration of the facades, an icon of Brazilian modernism. Present at the ceremony were Culture Minister Sérgio Sá Leitão, IPHAN president Kátia Bogéa, Institute of Architects of Brazil national president, Nivaldo Andrade, UIA2020 President Sergio Magalhães, vice president of the International Union of Architects for the Americas Roberto Simon and the president of the Architecture and Urbanism Council of Brazil Luciano Guimarães.
"Personally, I’ve always been amazed to how this palace had not been properly appreciated and recognized. When this building was designed, built, and inaugurated, there was nowhere a building that presented all features of modernism. I hope that this restoration will help us to restore all the glory of the Palace. And the World Congress of Architects will be the best way to celebrate the triumphant return of the Gustavo Capanema Palace - Culture Minister Sérgio Sá Leitão said during the event.
The president of the Congress, Sérgio Magalhães, highlighted the importance of the building for the history of modern Brazilian architecture:
- It is the most important building of Brazilian modernism, the alma mater of our modern architecture. It unveiled the production of modernist architecture in Brazil. We can even say that Brasilia is the result of the work done in this building that symbolizes the union of great names. It is also the first great work of Burle Marx, and is recognized worldwide as one of the most important icons of world modernism.
Roberto Simon, vice president of UIA for the Americas, also celebrated the announcement of the Palace as one of the venues for the Congress.
- Certainly, this space will crown a series of important activities of the Congress - a dream of all of us – due to the importance that the building has for world architecture.
The world's largest architectural forum, World Congress of Architects UIA2020Rio, is promoted by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and organized by IAB. For the first time in Brazil, the event will be held between July 19 and 26, 2020, with activities in several locations in the central region of the city. At the Gustavo Capanema Palace - which will still be undergoing restoration work during the event - there will be exhibitions, lectures and workshops in the completed areas, such as the access floor and the auditorium. The expectation is that 15,000 architects from all over the world will visit Rio during UIA2020.
Known as the MEC building, the palace was the first public building in Brazil with the main features of modern architecture, such as the use of pilotis, free floor plan, garden terrace, free facade and ribbon windows. Artists such as Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Carlos Leão, Ernany de Vasconcelos and Jorge Machado Moreira participated in the design of their architecture, as well as names of the arts and landscaping such as Burle Marx, Cândido Portinari, Bruno Giorgi, Adriana Janacópulus, Celso Antônio and Jacques Lipchitz.