The Curitiba Memorial is a modern space designed to host multiple cultural activities, including exhibitions and musical and scenic presentations, and to preserve and expose the city’s history. The space is also used for seminars, lectures, workshops, congresses, book launches, among other activities. Its facilities include exhibition halls (Salão Paranaguá, Salão Paraná and Salão Brasil), a 144-seat auditorium (Teatro Londrina), Mirante do Marumbi and an internal plaza for large events (Iguaçu Square).
Idealized in the 300 years of Curitiba, the Memorial was designed in modern lines, metal beams, cover and transparent glass sides, in contrast to the centuries-old buildings of the historical sector. Opened in 1996, the building, which has an architectural design inspired by the pine tree of Paraná, has become a prominent cultural center of the city.
It houses important works such as the altars of the Matriz de Curitiba, carved in polychrome wood from the 18th century, in which Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass when he was in Curitiba, as well as two scrolls and two tabernacles. This space, called the Chapel of the Founders, received paintings by the plastic artist Sergio Ferro, where you can see expressive images of the history of Curitiba, from the presence of Portuguese, Indians, Mamelukes, tropeiros and European immigrants. The artist also signs the panel of Praça do Iguaçu, which refers to the discovery of Brazil.
The Square Floor is lined in recycled cobblestones from Vicente Machado and Saldanha Marinho streets. In this space, works such as the “Guitar Player” by the sculptor Victor Brecheret are permanently displayed; “Leonardo Da Vinci”, concrete sculpture by Poty Lazzarotto; “The Philosopher”, bronze sculpture of Zaco Paraná; The “Cavalo Marinho” and “O Sonho”, by the sculptor Ricardo Todd, as well as the “Four Seasons” – bronze sculptures by João Turin, commissioned by the then Governor Moisés Lupion to decorate a fountain in his residence, which were donated to the municipality. Another sculptor, Elvo Benito Damo, resident in Curitiba, is the creator of the “Rio dos Pinhões”, 15 meters long, composed of 4,500 units (among pinions and pine cones) molded in clay.
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