Curated by architect and historian Margareth Pereira and co-curated by Alfredo Brito, this show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Parque do Flamengo. It presents 110 photographs of the park, gathering images taken from before its construction until recent days by names like Augusto Malta (1864 – 1957, Brazil), Marc Ferrez (1843 – 1923, Brazil), Marcel Gautherot (1910, France – 1996, Brazil), and Cesar Barreto</strong> (b. 1958, Rio de Janeiro) –, drawings by Burle Marx (1909 – 1994, Brazil), blueprints, and videos with statements by people involved in the creation of the park, such as engineers, landscape designers and botanists.
Inaugurated in 1965, during the IV Centennial of the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Parque do Flamengo has over 7km of extension and is located in the Guanabara’s bay, near Pão de Açúcar and Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro’s most iconic landmarks. The exhibition approaches the successive constructions of gardens and parks along Rio’s shore, the history of the bay and its urbanism projects, up until the creation of the Parque do Flamengo – idealized by Affonso Eduardo Reidy (1909, France – 1964, Brazil), Lota de Macedo Soares (b. 1910, France – 1967, USA), Roberto Burle Marx and Ethel Bauzer Medeiros (b. 1924, Rio de Janeiro), after several embankments in Guanabara’s bay.