Library building designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1960 for the Cultural Complex of the Republic, completed in 2006.Brasilia, DF, Brazil
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"The bookless library", or Biblioteca Nacional Leonel Brizola, got it's nickname for being empty of a collections of books ever since it has been open. For researchers, that is, because it has also been closed for the general public. The building is a part of the Honestino Guimarães Cultural complex, located at the very edge of the Esplanada. Across from the library is the National Museum, and and crossing the Monumental Av. is the National Theater. All of these buildings, and many others in the city, were designed by modernist architechture's icon Oscar Niemeyer. The library is supposed to be a "continuation" of the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, but there is tremendous resistance in transferring the collection for fear of a careless handling of the many rare titles.April 24, 2012 Like Add a Comment