LINA BO BARDI & MASP - exhibition & symposium  Columbia University, New York

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Lina Bo Bardi was born in 1915 and educated in Rome. In 1946 she left post-war Italy and moved to Brazil with her husband Pietro Maria Bardi, to found the first museum of modern art in Brazil. After several museum renovations and proposals, and after five years of experiments of interpreting popular culture in the Northeast of Brazil, Lina Bo began building the new Museum of Art in São Paulo [MASP]. After delays during construction and changes in the design, the building was finally completed in 1968. The MASP can be looked at as a reference to the modern concept of the 'plan libre', testing its potential for the opening of space by exaggeration. The interior space as well as the open ground plan are uninterrupted by columns or supports. The 'piloti' are reduced to gigantic frames of 74 meters in span that elevate the museum's collection above a public square. By using the language of a frame and an infill/ content, the construction of the exhibition reflects upon the concrete structure of the 'Museu de Arte de São Paulo'. The frame is openly exposed, even highlighted by paint (which in fact is the simplest functional solution to protect concrete). Thus it creates an open field for the arrangement of a content without interfering with the initial program of space as a place of passage. The red color signifies the ambition to engage the public, be it the visitor of the open space under and in the Museum in São Paulo, or the accidental academic passing between the panels of the exhibition in the corridor of the Columbia architecture department.
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