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LINA BO BARDI: HABITAT. MASP

LINA BO BARDI: HABITAT

SAO PAULO
MASP
APR 05 2019 - JUL 28 2019

Shortly after the Italian-born architect Lina Bo Bardi left war-torn Milan for São Paulo with her husband, Pietro Maria Bardi, the couple embarked on a joint project to help inaugurate the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Masp)—now one of the most comprehensive museums in Latin America. With Pietro as Masp’s curator and Lina tasked to devise the first iteration of its monolithic façade, the building opened in 1947 and was redesigned as it now stands in 1968. The artist’s glass and concrete museum sought to offer a prodigious but unpretentious atmosphere, in what Bo Bardi called “poor architecture”.

To commemorate its jubilee, on 5 April 2019 the museum opened a major retrospective of drawings, writings, proposals, projects and archival materials that aim to explore the artist’s involvement with Masp and her influence and prolific production in Brazil, where she became a citizen and died in 1992.

“Not to only show Lina Bo Bardi as an architect, but, above all, as a thinker who acted both in architecture and design as well as editorial, criticism, curation and pedagogy"


The show aims to “not to only show Lina Bo Bardi as an architect, but, above all, as a thinker who acted both in architecture and design as well as editorial, criticism, curation and pedagogy”, says Tomás Toledo, Masp’s chief curator.

The three-part show includes the sections, Habitat, which examines the artist’s publication that released in 15 editions between 1950-59; Rethinking the Museum, which was composed of the original designs for some of the artist's best-known inventions, such as the glass wall hangings that remain a staple of the museum; and, From the Glass House, which deals with her trajectory as a designer by exploring notable projects such as the Casa Valéria Cirell in São Paulo and the Igreja Espírito Santo do Cerrado in Minas Gerais.

The exhibition travelled to the Museo Jumex opening in January 2020, it was also planned to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in June 2020 but was sadly cancelled due to the Covid – 19 pandemic that year.

A comprehensive catolouge, the largest to date on the designer, composed of 352 pages was realsed in
A 352-page catalogue, the most comprehensive record of the artist’s career to date, will be available in Portuguese, English and Spanish. The publication contained archival materials and writings by the artist as well as essays by Adriano Pedrosa, Antonio Risério, Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, Esther da Costa Meyer, Guilherme Wisnik, Jane Hall and Luis Castaneda.