The Itamaraty Palace and its multiple reflections

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The Itamaraty Palace and its multiple reflections

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is home to a magnificent collection of art, as well as interior gardens designed by the legendary Roberto Burle Marx.

The Itamaraty Palace (Palácio do Itamaraty) houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. Tropical plants on islands and mirrored pools upon which the facade is reflected surround this beautiful building of great sobriety, the flagship architectural design of Oscar Niemeyer.

The vertical reflection of the arches with 30 metre jambs encloses a recessed glass structure with gardens designed by the Brazilian painter and landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), a virtuoso who became a landscape architect through his art, and who approached the question of gardens from the perspective of a painter: ‘A garden is the result of an arrangement of natural materials according to aesthetic laws, entangled with the artist's view of life.' Or the chemistry between culture and nature, magnifying the malleable freedom of Niemeyer's concrete with the same inclination for curves and sensual lines.

During guided tours,from Monday to Friday, you will find objects and antiques that punctuate the space and make this palace one of the largest Brazilian art collections open to the public. Outside, Meteor by Bruno Giorgi, the spherical sculpture composed of five blocks of Carrara marble, symbolises the union of the five continents.

Itamaraty Palace
Esplanada dos Ministérios
Bloco H
Brasília 70170-900

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