The exhibition ‘Lina Bo Bardi: Together’ was a tribute to the legacy of the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992): an architect whose work has particular relevance today as a source of inspiration for new generations of builders, users and architects.
Pragmatic and socially engaged, Bo Bardi was an architect for whom people were the focus and starting point of designing. Wholly averse to what she called ‘architectural acrobatics’, working with small budgets, in consultation with users and utilizing whatever was available, she realized projects that stand out both architecturally and socially.
By the time she died, Bo Bardi enjoyed high esteem among connoisseurs. For the public at large, however, her work was for many years overshadowed by that of more flamboyant compatriots such as Oscar Niemeyer. It is only in recent years that the qualities of her work have been rediscovered, possibly because they resonate with the current sobriety and social engagement brought on by the economic crisis.
In order to engineer a direct experience of Bo Bardi’s projects, the exhibition makers have staged a number of situations. By means of projections, visitors could experience how children use the SESC Pompéia. The display ‘The Glass House’ gave an intimate impression of the ambience of the house. Visitors could imagine themselves in the library and while seated in a Bowl Chair, designed by Bo Bardi, could experience the unique atmosphere, the view and the subtle light penetration.
The objects shown in the exhibition are made by Madelon Vriesendorp and by children in workshops that Madelon conducted in Salvador de Bahia.
The exhibition was previously on view in London, Vienna, Basel, Paris and Stockholm and after Amsterdam will travel to the United States.
In 2013, Arper (main sponsor) produced a limited edition of the Bowl Chair, designed by Lina Bo Bardi in 1951.
The objects in the exhibition were made by Madelon Vriesendorp and by children during Vriesendorp’s workshops in Salvador de Bahia.
Curator: Noemi Blager
Artist: Madelon Vriesendorp
Filmmaker: Tapio Snellman
Glass House photographs: Ioana Marinescu