lina bo bardi at 100: brazil's alternative path to modernism lina bo bardi at 100: brazil's alternative path to modernism
nov 27, 2014

lina bo bardi at 100: brazil's alternative path to modernism

lina bo bardi 100: brazil’s alternative path to modernism
(above) background image © arquivo ILBPMB / photo by francisco albuquerque, 1951
all images courtesy of hatje cantz

 

 

lina bo bardi 100: brazil’s alternative path to modernism
edited by: andres lepik and vera simone bader
texts by: renato anelli, vera simone bader, anna carboncini, gabriella cianciolo cosentino, sabine von fischer, steffen lehmann, andres lepik, zeuler r.m. de a. lima, olivia de oliveira, catherine veikos and guilherme wisnik
graphic design: verena gerlach
publisher: hatje cantz
year: 2014
format: 254 x 306mm
features: hardcover, 368 pages
language: english
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3853-8

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born in rome in 1914, architect lina bo bardi was known for forging her own path through her bold and distinctive designs. in a career that spanned architecture, stage sets, fashion, and furniture, her work drew reference from the international style, which she then translated into her own version of modernism. 100 years after bo bardi’s birth, publishers hatje cantz has released a book chronicling her diverse range of work.

 

after moving to brazil at the age of 32, bo bardi immersed herself in the culture, society and politics of her adopted country. although at times outspoken, she thoughtfully voiced her views on design through various exhibitions and writings. after realizing her first building in 1951 with her private house, six years later she completed the national gallery of brazil, a striking design built in the center of são paulo.

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SESC – fabrica da pompeia são paulo 1977-1986 © photo: markus lanz, 2014

 

 

 

soon afterwards, lina bo bardi assumed the position of director of bahia’s modern art museum in salvador, where she was quickly able to expand her influence. she mounted a number of exhibitions dealing with the local culture of northeastern brazil, while networking with representatives of important cultural movements. when back in são paulo during the 1980s, bo bardi expanded her oeuvre with the impressive ‘SESC pompeia sports and cultural center’, which still stands today as one of her most important designs.

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SESC – fabrica da pompeia são paulo 1977-1986 © photo: markus lanz, 2014

 

 

 

since bo bardi’s death in 1992, there has been a growing appreciation and understanding of her work, culminating in a renewed appeal that fascinates today’s designers. when asked about someone from the past that he admired, brazilian architect marcio kogan answered: ‘the very best is lina bo bardi, she deserved more notoriety than she got’. a view shared by a number of his contemporaries, including SANAA’s kazuyo sejima and belgian-born architect julien de smedt.

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MASP – museu de arte de são paulo, são paulo 1957-1968 © photo: nelson kon, 2002

 

 

 

as well as documenting her accomplished range of work, ‘lina bo bardi 100’ also explores this resurgent interest, with author and curator andres lepik suggesting that one fundamental reason is that her best projects are now publicly accessible: two of the most important buildings, ‘MASP’ (são paulo museum of art) and the ‘SESC pompeia sports and cultural center’, are located in the middle of the city and are visited by many people every single day. her now famous house, the ‘casa de vidro’, which she built for herself and her husband in 1951 and has housed the archive since 1990, is also accessible as a research foundation and open to the public.’

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MASP – museu de arte de são paulo, são paulo
photo montage and drawing by lina bo bardi as concept development 1957-1968 © arquivo ILBPMB

 

 

 

inside the richly illustrated publication, a series of ten essays penned by acclaimed writers and authors preface an in-depth look at 14 of bo bardi’s works. alongside widely celebrated projects such as ‘casa de vidro’ and ‘SESC pompeia’, lesser known designs are presented in detail for the first time. ‘lina bo bardi 100’ not only serves as a timely reminder of her impressive archive, but also presents a range of informed views on her work, re-presenting ‘brazil’s alternative path to modernism’ for a captive contemporary audience.

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solar do unhão salvador da bahia 1959-1963 © photo: markus lanz, 2014

lina bo bardi 100 brazil's alternative path to modernism designboom
solar do unhão salvador da bahia 1959-1963 © photo: markus lanz, 2014

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casa de vidro, são paulo 1949-1951 © photo: markus lanz, 2014

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portrait of lina bo bardi, 1960 © arquivo ILBPMB

 

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