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Lina Bo Bardi: Together at MCAD

Emily Allen

Currently on display at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) is an interesting interdisciplinary exhibit called Lina Bo Bardi: Together. Lina Bo Bardi was an Italian-born Brazilian architect whose passion for design transformed the cultural significance of architecture in Brazil. Her works throughout the 1950s and 1960s, like her personal home, The Glass House and the Museum of Art in São Paulo had such a huge impact on Brazilian society. This particular traveling exhibit at MCAD is run by curator Noemi Blager and illustrates Bo Bardi’s significance in Brazil through the work of three different artists.

The work of the three artists featured in the exhibit have been individually influenced by Bo Bardi’s life and designs. Madelon Vriesendorp is a Dutch painter who also co-founded the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. The life of Vriesendorp intertwined with that of Bo Bardi when she began to teach a workshop with some localBrazilian residents in a craft museum that Bo Bardi herself had converted from a sugar mill in Bahia. Another artist in the exhibition, filmmaker Tapio Snellman, makes films of people’s interactions with their community’s cultural center SESC Pompéia that Lina Bo Bardi actually designed. Finally, photographer Ioanna Marinescu- the only artist of the exhibit to have such a direct correlation with Bo Bardi's work- produced several works depicting Bo Bardi’s personal home, The Glass House.

This exhibit is one of the more interesting finds in the art world as it examines an artist’s legacy with reference to and focus on the art of so many others. People do not live in vacuums; in fact, every word, action, or work of art produced by a person will have an impact on someone else’s life. Lina Bo Bardi: Together exemplifies this notion with its use of interwoven stories from these three artists whose own work will likely have the same far-reaching impact.

By Kat Jones

Photos Courtesy of Miami Center for Architecture and Design