Thursday, August 16, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Brazil

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói — MAC) is situated in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of the city’s main landmarks. It was completed in 1996.

A wide access slope leads to a Hall of Expositions, which has a capacity for sixty people. Two doors lead to the viewing gallery, through which can be seen the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, and Sugarloaf Mountain. The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach. In the film Oscar Niemeyer, an architect committed to his century,[1] Niemeyer is seen flying over Rio de Janeiro in a UFO which then lands on the site, suggesting this to be the origin of the museum.

Popular Feature
This place serves as the 11th pit-stop of the American's award winning hit series : The Amazing Race 18, and the 8th pit stop of the The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 2

MAC Scandal
The MAC Scandal was a political scandal that occurred when the mayor João Sampaio inaugurated the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum.
The MAC is located on a hill slope that had locked construction rights set by the city council. Therefore in December 1996, the new mayor, Jorge Roberto Silveira sent a project to the city council to obtain the rights to construction in that area. The project was accepted in only two days, giving permission to build buildings up to 40 metres (130 ft).

Because the scandal occurred just before Christmas, the people of Niterói said that it was Jorge Roberto Silveira, Zeca Mocarzel and João Sampaio's (long-time Niterói's politicians) "Christmas present".


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