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Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, MAC

By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL - Completed in 1996, the Oscar Niemeyer designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, or MAC) overlooking the Guanabara Bay in the neighborhood of Boa Viagem, serves not only as a visual landmark but also as a thriving art and cultural center for the city across the bay.

Often likened to a modernist UFO, a more poetic description was perhaps given by the architect Niemeyer who once . . .

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