Lina Bo Bardi

 
 
Born in Rome, Italy in 1914. 
Bo Bardi was an incredibly prolific architect and designer who devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. Educated at Rome University's College of Architecture, she began her career in Milan, under Gio Ponti. In 1942, at the age of 24, she opened her own architectural office, but the lack of work during wartime soon led Bardi to take up illustration for newspapers and magazines such as Stile, Grazia, Belleza, Tempo, Vetrina and Illustrazione Italiana. The following year, Bardi was invited to run Domus magazine. Soon after the end of WWII, Bardi started the architecture periodical A Cultura della Vita; she also held a position as architectural critic for the daily paper Milano Sera. Yet, because they had participated in the Italian resistance movement, Lina and her husband, the critic Pietro Bardi, found life in post-war Italy increasingly difficult, and a 1946 trip to Rio de Janeiro convinced the couple to make Brazil their permanent home. Bardi quickly re-established her practice in Brazil and, along with her husband, co-founded the influential art magazine Habitat. The magazine's title referenced Bardi's conceptualization of the ideal interior as a "habitat" designed to maximize human potential.
 
1967
photograph
dimensions: framed 19 7/8 × 22 1/4 × 1 3/16in. (50.5 × 56.5 × 3cm)
Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi archive

As you have probably noticed, Lina Bo Bardi's work is included in nearly every gallery of this exhibition. The Italian architect had a spectacular influence on Latin America during her career, which was spent mostly in Brazil. Bo Bardi immigrated to Brazil after World War II with her husband, where she founded the magazine Habitat. The name referenced Bo Bardi's strong belief that buildings should be human habitats designed to maximize their full potential. In what way does this chair exemplify or negate that belief? After viewing the film, do you agree that the Sao Paulo Museum of Art is indeed a habitat? In what way does Bo Bardi's work symbolize the bond between literature (poetry) and art (architecture)?