Arriving in a country of 8,514,877 square kilometers, roughly 200 times the Netherlands, where to start, what to skip, what route to choose … In this immense country called Brazil, choices need to be made.
Would it not have been for our friendly host in the lovely pousada Astral da Ilha on Ilha do Mel, we would probably have skipped Curitiba. The guide book only mentions it as a transport hub nice enough to spend a few days max. If you then have so many more kilometers to go, what would you decide?
Yet, if you are a fan of modern architecture, design, contemporary art and photography, we can highly recommend a visit to the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, also called Niemeyer’s Eye, in Curitiba. Not only is the building designed by the architect himself immensely appealing from an architectural perspective, besides having a permanent exhibition on Oscar Niemeyer’s life and works, the museum also contains impressive temporary art and photography exhibitions. We were lucky to visit the museum when amongst others an exhibition on Brazilian art from 1911 to 2011 was on display, containing some truly impressive pieces.
One afternoon in Curitiba turned out to open up eyes for another unexpected, yet pleasant part of Brazilian culture.