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LINA BO BARDI AND ALBERT FREY: A SEARCH FOR LIVING ARCHITECTURE

LINA BO BARDI AND ALBERT FREY:
A SEARCH FOR LIVING ARCHITECTURE


CALIFORNIA
PALM SPRINGS
SEP 09 2018 - NOV 03 2019

“The parallel odysseys of Frey and Bo Bardi represent the emergence of Southern California and São Paulo as architectural laboratories of the mid-20th century,” said Elizabeth Armstrong, Palm Springs Art Museum’s Executive Director. “Although they never met, this exhibition shows how they each embraced the social and environmental contexts specific to their adoptive homes.”

The show began by presenting four homes: the glass-walled structures designed by Frey and Bo Bardi for themselves in Palm Springs (Frey II House) and São Paulo (Casa de vidro); Bo Bardi’s Cirell House and Frey’s Aluminaire House. The exhibition was accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.

"As Frey and Bo Bardi embraced modern technologies, they responded to the climate and terrain of their respective environments, and the people whose lives were shaped by those conditions"


A Search for Living Architecture was organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and co-curated by the museum’s Director of Art, Daniell Cornell, and internationally known Bo Bardi scholar, Zeuler R. Lima. “Both Frey and Bo Bardi were interested in re-imagining architecture via the transformation of the modern house,” said Cornell. “Presented here together for the first time, these structures convey departure points for understanding the evolving concept of Living Architecture… . As Frey and Bo Bardi embraced modern technologies, they responded to the climate and terrain of their respective environments, and the people whose lives were shaped by those conditions.”