Exhibition presents the largest collection of Lina Bo Bardi furniture ever gathered in one place

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, February 26, 2024

Exhibition presents the largest collection of Lina Bo Bardi furniture ever gathered in one place
Consolle square table by Estúdio de Arte Palma: Lina Bo Bardi and Giancarlo Palanti, São Paulo. Design: Lina Bo Bardi and Giancarlo Palanti Brazil, 1949-1951 ca. Pau marfim wood. With the support of Instituto Bardi | Casa de Vidro 50 x 50 x h 85 cm (19.6 x 19.6 x h 33.5 in).

GHENT.- In this exhibition, Design Museum Gent tells the story of one of the strongest women in 20th-century architecture. As well as being an architect, the Italian-Brazilian Lina Bo Bardi was a writer, set designer, illustrator and furniture designer. That final aspect of her life, often ignored until now, is the main focus of this exhibition.

Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d’Arte Palma 1948-1951 is a tribute to the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. The exhibition presents the largest collection of Bo Bardi furniture ever gathered in one place and focuses on the furniture created in the context of the Studio d’Arte Palma, which was founded by Lina Bo Bardi and the Italian architect Giancarlo Palanti.

It was only during research for the exhibition, in close consultation with the Instituto Bardi/Casa de Vidro, that it became clear exactly what role Palanti had played in designing the furniture. Some of the pieces, which had previously been ascribed entirely to Lina Bo Bardi, actually turned out to have been developed in close collaboration with Palanti. Thus this exhibition brings his largely forgotten oeuvre back to life.

A multidisciplinary approach
Many of the pieces on display, particularly chairs and armchairs, are rare items from Brazil. When Nina Yashar, the founder of the Nilufar Gallery in Milan where the exhibition was held during the Salone del Mobile in 2018, visited Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro or Glass House in São Paulo, she was immediately intrigued. She spent three years trying to reconstruct Lina Bo Bardi’s story.

“Lina is a typical example of someone who takes a multidisciplinary approach. Her work is the perfect synthesis between innovation and the preservation of cultural roots. For example, she created a number of pioneering projects with strong humanist and anthropological connotations. Contrasts keep her designs in balance: anatomical perfection alongside the imperfections of hand-crafting, and minimalism juxtaposed with a more baroque sensuality”, Yashar tells us.

Pioneer of Brazilian design
While Lina Bo Bardi was discovering modernism and rationalism in Italy, she immersed herself in the power of Brazilian landscapes, materials and culture. She was the first to attempt to make modern furniture, including the first foldable and stackable chair, thus making her a pioneer of Brazilian design.

Since her pieces of furniture were usually designed for a specific purpose and a particular context, production was relatively limited. Her furniture is both iconic and ordinary, bringing past and present as well as rules and freedom into perfect balance. That makes it seem as though time has had no influence on her furniture, which represents a kind of eternal modernism. It is a powerful expression of the generous, all-encompassing design philosophy of this revolutionary architect.

Pedestals of brick
The exhibition design is by Space Caviar. The Italian design studio drew its inspiration from Lina Bo Bardi’s design for the church of Espirito Santo do Cerrado, which is characterised by a typically sophisticated simplicity. Besides the furniture, which is displayed on brick pedestals, the exhibition includes a series of archive photographs that take you right inside Lina Bo Bardi’s universe.

The exhibition also includes Precise Poetry, a film about Bo Bardi by Belinda Rukschcio. Told in a series of interviews in Portuguese on the eve of her 100th birthday, Bo Bardi's colleagues and friends recount the sociopolitical constraints and personal events that would lead to the timelessness of her work. To watch this movie, visitors are invited to try out Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair. Designed in 1951, the Bowl Chair is a semi-spherical seat resting lightly on a metallic ring structure, supported by four legs. The shell on the metal ring can be adjusted in all directions to suit the desired position of the sitter. Bo Bardi furnished her own Casa de Vidro with these chairs.

Lina Bo Bardi
As an architect, designer, set designer, editor, writer and illustrator, Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) was a woman of many talents, with a generous and uncompromising view of design. After studying architecture in Italy during the Second World War, she joined the resistance, an experience that lay at the root of her understanding of architecture as a political and social phenomenon. From 1946 onwards, she continued to develop her architectural vision in Brazil, where she wrote sharp-witted texts and designed striking buildings and settings.

By integrating furniture and interiors she had designed herself into her architecture, and often by curating the programmes of public buildings herself, Lina Bo Bardi attempted to produce shared meanings and create a bond between humans and spaces. Her knowledge of crafts and manufacturing processes was used to make the natural and local qualities of materials and cultures visible. Collaborations between different disciplines were crucial for sharing knowledge. Along with the Italian architect Giancarlo Palanti, Bo Bardi founded the Estúdio de Arte e Arquitetura Palma. Together, the pair designed and produced various items of furniture.

Today's News

October 26, 2019

Leonardo, Hand and Mind, shines at the Louvre

Out of obscurity: art masterpieces rediscovered

Rare Renaissance masterpiece found in French kitchen goes on sale

New technique reveals lost splendours of Herculaneum art

Truly bright and memorable: Jan de Beer's Renaissance altarpieces on view at The Barber Institute

Bugging out: UK museum names blind beetle after Greta Thunberg

Ingo Maurer, designer known as a poet of light, dies at 87

Major British Library exhibition on Buddhism spans 20 countries over 2,000 years and more than 120 items

The Morgan provides a rare chance to see John Singer Sargent's overlooked charcoal portraits

Restored to former glory, Russia tsars' home to reopen in summer

New York's race to build monuments runs into friction on the ground

France reopens disputed ancient tomb in Jerusalem

Exhibition presents the largest collection of Lina Bo Bardi furniture ever gathered in one place

Exhibition traces Mark Twain's 1867 voyage to the Mediterranean

The Clay Art Center names Emily Peck as new Executive Director

"Atlas" brings to life a parallel world that is deceptively similar to our own

Haus der Kunst presents a new commission by Theaster Gates

Kerlin Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Eoin Mc Hugh

Explore four millennia of Spanish and Latin American art at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Lady Lever Art Gallery features 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs made by Henri Matisse

Vietnam artist known for land rights, death row work briefly detained

30 years on, Berlin Wall comes back to life with VR

Record breaking year for museums and galleries in England

National Portrait Gallery announces winners of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

6 Insider's Wildlife Photography Tips

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit
Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful