Lina Bo Bardi
Architecture Museum – TU Munich
– 22 February 2015
The 100th birthday of the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi is the occasion for the exhibition entitled “Lina Bo Bardi 100. Brasiliens alternativer Weg in die Moderne” in which her work is celebrated until 22 February 2015. With her buildings, furniture, exhibitions and theories she shaped modern architecture in Brazil.
Lina Bo Bardi was born in Italy in 1914 where she was also educated before working first as an editor and designer at journals such as Domus, Lo Stile and A. Cultura dellaVita. In 1946 with her husband, the journalist and art critic, Pietro Maria Bardi, she moved to Brazil where she carried out her first designs. These include the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the Espirito Santo do Cerrado church, and the cultural and sports centre Fábrica da Pompéia. At the heart of the exhibition is the development of her architecture in which the social importance of construction and the cultural anchoring of the same play a central part: “Artistic freedom was always an ‘individual’ freedom. But true freedom is only in the collective. It is this one freedom of social responsibility that is able to burst the boundaries of aesthetics…” In addition to almost 100 sketches, the exhibition displays her built designs in historic and current photographs. Interviews with Bo Bardi’s friends and collegues complete the picture. There is also a comprehensive catalogue published by Hatje Cantz.