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Constructing an ‘Ideal Nationality’ in Poetry and Glass: Emilio Villa, the Bardis, and the Collaborative Making of the São Paulo Museum of Art
Jennifer Scappettone
Apr 29, 2015, 6pm

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In conjunction with our current exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together, Jennifer Scappettone will present her recent research on the collaborative and cross-disciplinary making of the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) in the 1940s-60s. Scappettone will track the radical efforts of curation by museum director Pietro Maria Bardi, architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi, and the poet Emilio Villa on the inaugural exhibitions for the museum, with an eye to how their supranational reach and montage of prehistoric and modernist aesthetics impacted both contemporary art criticism and the poetry of the neo-avant-garde. MASP’s unique “didactic” exhibitions, which featured objects, photographs, documents, and texts displayed in floating glass easels designed by Lina Bo Bardi, aimed to forge a newly global art history and to educate the New World public without academic pretense—in the interest of enacting what director P. M. Bardi called the “collaboration of all human forces,” generating no less than “the democratic formation of modern man.”


Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, translator, and scholar with particular interests in the reciprocal interference of language, architecture, and public space. She is the author of Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia University Press, 2014) and of the poetry collection From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009); she edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and curated Belladonna Elders Series 5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse (Belladonna, 2009). Exit 43, a cross-genre work on toxic archaeologies and salvage, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a web-based installation forthcoming in collaboration with Judd Morrissey. She is an associate professor at the University of Chicago.


Image: Installation of the Didactic Expositions at the São Paulo Art Museum (MASP), 1947-8. Vitrine structures by Lina Bo Bardi; content by Emilio Villa, Pietro Maria Bardi, and collaborators. Courtesy Archives of the Library of the São Paulo Art Museum (MASP).

For more information on the exhibition, Lina Bo Bardi: Together, click here.



Lina Bo Bardi: Architect etc.
Zeuler Lima
May 14, 2015, 6pm

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In conjnction with the Graham Foundation's spring exhibition, Lina Bo Bardi: Together, Zeuler R. Lima will present his Graham-funded book Lina Bo Bardi (Yale University Press, 2013) about the work and life of the Italian-born Brazilian architect and discuss Bo Bardi's prolific career as an architect, editor, theorist, an exhibition designer.

Zeuler R. Lima is an architect, author, and associate professor at Washington University in Saint Louis, with a Ph.D. from the Universidade de São Paulo and post-doctorate fellowship in comparative literature at Columbia University. He unanimously received of the International Bruno Zevi Prize for architectural history and criticism in 2007. He has published extensively about twentieth architecture, urbanism, art, and landscape architecture. He won several Brazilian design competitions and awards, including for the Federal District Legislative Chamber (2010) on the Monumental Axis in Brasília, DF. He also practices drawing, painting, and printmaking and has participated in several exhibitions.

Image: Gregório de Mattos Theater, Salvador, Lina Bo Bardi, 1987. Photo credit: Zeuler R. Lima

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Josep Lluís Sert / A Nomadic Dream
May 20, 2015, 6pm

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MAS Context, in collaboration with the Graham Foundation, is pleased to present a screening of the film Josep Lluís Sert / A Nomadic Dream.

The documentary, written and directed by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez, tells the story of Josep Lluís Sert, a talented architect, city planner, and contemporary of Miró, Calder, and Picasso, and his indelible impact on the course of American architecture. Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, Sert fled Spain during the Civil War and immigrated to the United States where he lived for almost forty years. Sert had a connection to Chicago as he was part of the Graham Foundation Advisory Board when the institution was founded in 1956.

The film features never before seen archival footage as well as interviews with contemporaries of Sert including Rafael Moneo (architect and former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design), Robert Campbell (architect, journalist, 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner, and former colleague of Sert), Robert Gardner (filmmaker, former Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, and personal friend of Sert), and Gerald & Nina Holton (personal friends of Sert and current owners of the Sert home in Cambridge).

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Opening Reception: Lina Bo Bardi: Together
Apr 24, 2015, 5:30pm
Opening Reception

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Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of our spring exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together. Paying tribute to the influential Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, this exhibition presents new works by artist Madelon Vriesendorp, filmmaker Tapio Snellman, and photographer Ioana Marinescu that together inspire new conversations around Bo Bardi's work by capturing the experience of her buildings and her inclusive approach to design.

Curated by Noemí Blager and designed by London-based Assemble, Lina Bo Bardi: Together is sponsored by Arper, which has produced Bardi's Bowl Chair (1951) in a limited edition of 500 in collaboration with Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi in São Paulo on the occasion of the centennial of Bo Bardi's birth.


Friday, April 24
5:30pm: Comments by curator Noemí Blager, Madelon Vriesendorp, and Tapio Snellman
6-8pm: Opening Reception


Noemi Blager is an architect and curator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who is now based in London. She is former acting director of the Architecture Foundation in London and member of the Design Museum's curatorial committee. Blager is advisor of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship, a project initiated by the British Council to create long-term connections between British and Brazilian artists, designers, and architects. In 2003, Blager collaborated with OMA on the exhibition Content, presented in Germany and the Netherlands. She is the culture and development consultant at the Italian design company Arper. She has been a guest lecturer at the Institut für Kunst und Architektur, Vienna; Kingston College, London; and ESADE, Barcelona; as well as tutor of architectural design at the University of Buenos Aires.

Madelon Vriesendorp co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Rem Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. Her paintings have been used for numerous book and magazine covers, notably Delirious New York (1978) by Rem Koolhaas. Her work has been exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery (London), Guggenheim Museum and Max Protetch galleries (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Aedes Gallery (Berlin), Gallery Ma (Tokyo), Architectural Association (London), and the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale. Vriesendorp’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Canadian Center for Architecture, and Frac Lorraine, France. Since the mid-1980s, she has taught art and design at the Architectural Association, London, and Edinburgh School of Art.

Tapio Snellman is a filmmaker, artist, and architect engaged in architectural and urban discourse. His work includes film installations, commercial moving images, experimental 3D animation, and site-specific projections for museums, theater, and dance. He has had long-term collaborations with creators, such as Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, OMA, David Adjaye, and Sasha Waltz on film, animation, and performance projects. Snellman received degrees in Architecture and City Planning from the University of North London and Universität Stuttgart, and currently holds a lecturing position at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His films and installations have been exhibited at numerous venues, including The Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, The Hayward Gallery, and The Design Museum, London; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and at several iterations of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Ioana Marinescu is a London-based artist working with photography. She studied architecture in Romania and the UK before turning to photography. Her work has been shown at the Architectural Association and RIBA, London; the Cité du patrimoine et de l’architecture, Paris; the Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Marinescu teaches architecture at Kingston University in London and runs regular workshops and lectures on photography and architecture. Her PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art is concerned with the relationship between cities and memory.

Assemble is a young architecture and design practice based in London. Founded by a collective of 18 members, its work covers a broad range of disciplines, mediums and interests. Through a collaborative working practice Assemble explores design ideas, testing unexpected and imaginative uses of materials and construction. Previous projects range from an experimental theatre space to affordable housing development. Assemble has exhibited internationally, and numerous awards include the Bauwelt international architecture prize (2013) and the New London Architecture Awards (2012). The setting for this exhibition has been designed by Assemble to be a re-enactment of the experience of Lin Bo Bardi’s work.

Arper is a furniture design company based in Treviso, Italy, and is the main sponsor of Lina Bo Bardi: Together

Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi in São Paulo, Brazil, is open to the public and holds the archives of Lina Bo Bardi and Pietro Maria Bardi.

Image: Tapio Snellman, SESC Pompeia, still, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

For more information on the exhibition, Lina Bo Bardi: Together, click here.



Project of a Historical Architecture–Wonders of the Modern World: America
Pier Paolo Tamburelli
Apr 07, 2015, 6pm

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On Tuesday, April 7, Italian architect, writer, and editor Pier Paolo Tamburelli will present the research that he recently conducted as the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois Chicago. Tamburelli’s project looks back to Austrian architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach’s influential book Entwurff einer historischen Architektur (1721) in an attempt to imagine a realistic, collective, and comparative approach to contemporary architecture.


Pier Paolo Tamburelli is an Italian architect, writer, and editor of Milan-based San Rocco magazine. In 2004, together with Paolo Carpi, Silvia Lupi, Vittorio Pizzigoni, Giacomo Summa, and Andrea Zanderigo, he founded baukuh, an architectural collective based in Milan and Genoa. baukuh has won numerous international competitions; produced master plans; built public and mixed-use buildings; restored public buildings; and curated exhibitions. baukuh took part in the Rotterdam Biennale (2007 and 2011); the Istanbul Biennial (2012); the Venice Biennale (2008 and 2012); and was part of the research group for the Dutch National History Museum (2011). Tamburelli has lectured at a number of schools and cultural institutions, including the Architectural Association; Cornell University; EPFL Lausanne; FAU São Paulo, among many others. He studied at the University of Genoa and at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, and has taught at the PUSA Aleppo (Syria); the Berlage Institute Rotterdam; TUM Munich; and FAUP Porto. He is currently unit professor at the Milan Politecnico.

Image: Pier Paolo Tamburelli, Mount Rushmore; and Monument Valley (background), 2014.


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