In 2019, the BRICS summit was hosted in Brasília for the second time – the first occasion was in 2010, at the second summit of the grouping. The capital of Brazil was the first city to receive BRICS's main meeting twice.

Itamaraty Palace. Photo: Ana de Oliveira. MRE Flickr.

 

The XI BRICS Summit took place on 13-14 November 2019, at the Itamaraty Palace, the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. The palace is one of Niemeyer’s masterpieces. Inaugurated in 1970, the majestic building of modernist architecture has more than five hundred works of art, including panels, paintings, sculptures and busts of the patrons of Brazilian diplomacy. At the palace’s façade, where heads of state and foreign ministers were received, one can behold Bruno Giorgi's sculpture Meteoro, which represents the union of the five continents of the world. Itamaraty Palace also has the largest interior free-span of Latin America - with more than 2,800 square meters - and with landscape works by Burle Marx, using Brazilian native plants, both inside and outside of the building.