Lina Bo Bardi Draws at the Heinz Architectural Center

Exhibit Features Nearly 100 Drawings by Inspirational 20th-Century Architect

By Maya Henry Posted on December 19, 2019

Lina Bo Bardi, Study for furniture design at Milan Triennale (detail), ca. 1946. Courtesy of Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro

“Drawing, with its slow and intimate gestures, was her way of dwelling in the world. Drawing was one of her solitary anchors in a constantly transforming existence. Drawing conveyed, at the tip of her hands, a representational purpose and also a somewhat magical realism spell.” —Zeuler R. Lima, introduction to Lina Bo Bardi, Drawings

In need of some color during these cold winter days? Lina Bo Bardi Draws is open now at the Heinz Architectural Center and brings together nearly 100 drawings by one of the most inspirational twentieth-century architects.  This whimsical exhibit is open now through March 29, 2020, so, just enough time to let her vibrant, colorful drawings carry us through to Spring.

Born and educated in Italy, Bo Bardi moved to Brazil in 1946. Her notable projects include MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) and SESC Pompeia, a factory rehabilitated into a cultural center, also in São Paulo.  The exhibition invites visitors to explore the importance of drawing for Lina Bo Bardi. Using a variety of techniques—pencil, watercolor, gouache, felt pen, pen and ink—the drawings reveal her broad view of design and architecture, accessible to everyone, in which she merges different artistic sensibilities that are nurtured by her interest in nature and everyday life.

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MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) by Lina Bo Bardi, 1968

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