“Lina Bo Bardi: Habitat”
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
What the museum says: “Bo Bardi’s singular contributions to the fields of architecture, design, and museum practice are the subject of this exhibition, which also aims to critically frame Bo Bardi’s process of unlearning, and marking a critical distance from the Western and modernist canon, as a pivotal aspect of her work and thought.
Like her peers, Bo Bardi’s position called for other ways of thinking and doing that would place the human being at the center, and that in the process opened up space for other epistemologies and ecologies, breaking away from the logics of progress and profit of modernity and capitalism.”
Why it’s worth a look: While architecture enthusiasts will recognize Bo Bardi’s vision in the legacy of her buildings, the best example being the Sao Paulo Museum of Art—a glass-encased rectangular building suspended above the ground—this show reveals many little known aspects of the designer’s work.
A prolific furniture and stage designer who dabbled in jewelry and edited the magazine Habitat, Bo Bardi maintained that humans should stay at the center of her designs, and as a staunch communist, she was adamant that they be accessible to everyone. In this exhibition, many of Bo Bardi’s illustrations and architectural sketches are on view alongside reproductions of her designs. Some of the most impressive are a cyclone-shaped staircase she designed that is inspired by wooden ox-carts, and the concrete-based glass easels, which are utilized in the exhibition to dramatic effect.
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