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In pictures: Oscar Niemeyer
Early days

Niemeyer first made a splash when, in 1936, he was taken under the wing of Le Corbusier.

The Swiss genius came to Brazil - by Zeppelin - to design the Ministry of Education. The flamboyant young Brazilian was assigned to draw for him.

This is the ministry's lobby, the fruits of their rich creative partnership. But it was a tempestuous relationship - a decade later, Niemeyer unsuccessfully fought Le Corbusier's input into the design of the UN headquarters in New York.

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