The Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) and AIA Miami are hosting the renowned Lina Bo Bardi: TOGETHER exhibit designed by Turner-prize winner Assemble and presented by Italian furniture company, Arper. Curated by Noemi Blager, the exhibit includes an art installation by Madelon Vriesendorp, film installation by Tapio Snellman, and Glass House pictures by Ioana Marinescu.
Born in Rome in 1914, Lina’s extraordinary legacy as an architect, set designer, editor, illustrator, furniture designer and curator, has yet to be fully acknowledged.
Lina moved to São Paulo in 1946. But the turning point came in 1958–1964 when, living in Salvador de Bahia, she found the roots of Brazil’s popular culture. Lina managed to successfully integrate the values of the Modern Movement with popular culture.
In the theatre, a stage comes to life when the actors begin to perform. So it is with Lina Bo Bardi’s architecture. Her buildings are vibrant when inhabited: they come to life with the energy, diversity and creativity of people.
Lina Bo Bardi: TOGETHER pays tribute to Lina’s capacity to engage with every facet of culture and to see the potential in all manner of people.
Artist Madelon Vriesendorp co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Rem Koolhaas, and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis, has an extensive archive of published work and has conducted workshops at Solar do Unhão and combined objects made there with her own and artefacts by Brazilian craftspeople.
Tapio Snellman is a filmmaker, artist and architect engaged in architectural and urban discourse. His film installation explores the life generated by SESC Pompéia within São Paulo and draws parallels with the city of Salvador.
Assemble is a collective based in London that works across the fields of art, architecture and design. For TOGETHER, Assemble designed and built a flexible enclosure, a set of display furniture and a technical system.
Arper is an Italian company that manufactures and distributes designer chairs, sofas and tables for contract, home and work sectors worldwide. Arper is the outcome of an entrepreneurial project that began in 1989 as the evolution of a small leather manufacturing company founded in the 1980s by the Feltrin family under the direction of Claudio’s father, Luigi Feltrin, now President of the company.