11 February 2015
Lina Bo Bardi in Italia. “Quello che volevo, era avere Storia”
Centro Archivi MAXXI Architettura
A cura di Margherita Guccione
December 19, 2104 > May 3, 2015
A pioneer of Italian design, Lina Bo Bardi achieved success after emigrating in 1946 to Brazil: a country that allowed her to find an expressive language of her own in relation to contemporary brutalist architecture. Among her most celebrated constructions: the Museo de Arte, the Taba Guayanases building and the SESC-Pompéia social center in São Paulo. But the exhibition that is under way at the Centro Archivi MAXXI Architettura, staged in collaboration with Domus, is not focused on this period, but on the beginning of her career: from her graduation in 1939 in Rome, the city of her birth, to her wartime publishing activity in Milan and the voyage across the Atlantic that would take her, along with her husband Pietro Maria Bardi, to Brazil. Prevented from practicing her profession during the war, Lina Bo Bardi devoted her energies to communication, a new field in which she was able to carry out personal research. She worked with Gio Ponti on Domus and Lo Stile, and edited texts and illustrations for a regular feature on interior design in Grazia. Un’amica al vostro fianco. And, together with Bruno Zevi and Carlo Pagani, she founded A, the first glossy magazine on architecture. The early experiences of an extraordinary woman, architect and designer recounted through photographs, original sketches, videos, contemporary film clips, magazines and documents from the archives.