“Lina Bo Bardi in Italy”, a retrospective at MAXXI Roma

Celebrating the centenary of Lina Bo Bardi’s birth, the exhibition tells the story of the architect’s youth between Italy and Brazil.

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB

 

Before her arrival to Brazil accompanied by her husband, Pietro Maria Bardi, Lina Bo had already made a name for herself in Italy thanks to her work as an architect in Milan with the collaboration of Gio Ponti and Carlo Pagani. Those early years following her graduation in Rome in 1939 and the difficult times during the War are the ones in focus at the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi in Italia” organised by MAXXI Architettura in collaboration with Domus and the Instituto Lina Bo and P.M. Bardi, which will be open from December 19 to March 15th 2015.

 

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Casa al mare, Lina Bo Bardi. Image via Domus.ita

 

 

Through a series of original sketches, photographs. videos and magazines this exhibition curated by Margherita Guccione tells the story of the early years of the architect, in which are able to see not only her architectural work but also witness how Lina Bo Bardi’s activities as a member of the editorial board of various architectural journals and publications during this period formed many of the aspects that would define her development as an artist and intellectual.

 

 In addition to designing buildings connoted by a significant material and expressive strength, evidence of a consistent attention toward the social responsibility of architecture, Lina also created multi–coloured imaginative worlds in her drawings: a highly personal iconographic universe that would consistently accompany her development as an architect. These are the origins of Lina Bo Bardi’s history, evoked in her Curriculum letterario (Literary Curriculum); a history of ideas at the time considered avant–garde, and extremely relevant to this day; a history written and drawn entirely by her.  [see full brochure]

 

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Lina Bo Bardi. Image via Fondazione MAXXI.

 

The exhibition, named “Lina Bo Bardi in Italia. Quello che voleva era avere storia” (“Lina Bo Bardi in Italy. What I wanted was to have some history”) will be open from December 19th to March 15 in the MAXXI Museum in Rome.

Download the full brochure provided by Fondazione MAXXI here.

All informations and images via Fondazione MAXXI.