About the Museum
The Memorial of Latin America (Fundação Memorial da América Latina) is a cultural, political and leisure center, inaugurated on March 18, 1989 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The architectural complex, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, is a monument to the cultural, political, economic and social integration of Latin America, located in an area of 84,482 square meters in the neighborhood of Barra Funda. Its cultural project was developed by the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro. It is a state public law foundation, with financial and administrative autonomy, linked to the Secretary of State for Culture. The complex consists of several buildings arranged along two areas joined by a catwalk, which add to the whole 25,210 square meters of built area: the Hall of Acts, the Latin American Library, the Study Center, the Marta Traba Gallery, the Creativity Pavilion, the Simón Bolívar Auditorium, the Congressmen's Annex and the Latin American Parliament building. In Civic Square, there is the concrete sculpture, also by Niemeyer, representing an open hand, in a vertical position, with the map of Latin America painted in red on the palm.
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