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Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo

Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo
Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo, © Marina Correia
© Marina Correia

Text description provided by the architects. The design of the Lina em Casa: Percursos (Lina at Home: Journeys) exhibition was developed with the intention of preserving the spatial experience and the unique atmosphere of Casa de Vidro (Glass House). Understanding the House as the principle legacy of the architect on display and a major object of interest for visitors, the organization of the exhibition stands avoids creating spatial subdivisions that could detract from the building’s architecture. 

© Renato Anelli
© Renato Anelli

The organization of the exhibition stands is free, allowing visitors to take various non-linear paths through the exhibition's content. The rounded steel exhibition display searches in its minimal materiality to maintain transparency so that the stands do not become visual interruptions. Two typical forms define the modular composition. The first module is a cube. The second, a vertical one, has the frontal dimension of a door, and a minimal depth to maintain free-standing stability. Within the structural frame, acrylic boxes and panels are suspended. In them, original drawings, documents, photographs, objects and text alternate. 

© Renato Anelli
© Renato Anelli

The modular stands can be disassembled, stored and rearranged for future exhibitions. This exhibition marks the re-opening of Casa de Vidro to the public, possibly as the first of many other events and exhibitions that will reveal Lina Bo Bardi's great archive, currently stored in the House. Displaying Lina Bo Bardi's valuable legacy in an exhibition is challenging to address in the proposition of an installation in her own home. The design proposed doesn’t attempt to mimic strategies, but searched to find in the House itself the suggestion of a design concept, respecting the architectural language already present, and highlighting it without obstructing its perception.

© Marina Correia
© Marina Correia

The exhibition content, curated by Anna Carboncini and Renato Anelli, was developed in parallel to the design concept. Lina em Casa: Percursos gathers texts, photographs, documents, sketches, letters and objects that present the intellectual trajectory of Lina Bo Bardi. It is part of an initiative by the InstitutoLina e P.M. Bardi in celebration of the architect's birth centennial.

Plan - Upper
Plan - Upper
  • Architects

  • Location

    Casa de Vidro, Rua General Almério de Moura, 200 - Vila Tramontano, São Paulo - SP, 05690-080, Brasil
  • Category

  • Curatores

    Anna Carboncini and Renato Anelli
  • Organization

    in.vertice comunicação e arte
  • Graphic Design

    Luciana Facchini
  • Production

    TZM Entretenimento
  • Scenography and Construction

    Estúdio Móbile Cenografia e Design
  • Dates

    April 12th to July 19th, 2015
  • Photographers

    Marina Correia, Renato Anelli

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Cite: "Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo" [Arquitetura Expositiva: Casa de Vidro / Marina Correia] 16 May 2015. ArchDaily. (Trans. Watkins, Katie) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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