The Art of Exhibiting: Lina Bo and Pietro M. Bardi

Professur
Architekturgeschichte und kuratorische Praxis
Forschungsarbeit

This research studies the praxis and theoretical framework of the curatorial ideas of the couple Lina Bo Bardi and Pietro Maria Bardi.Taking into account both individual praxis as museum directors as well as their collaborative project for the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP). The current research directs to the curatorial techniques developed on this period aiming to understand different aspects such as theory, experimentation and practice which etymologically us defined by ars (techne), in this case: the art of exhibiting.

This research studies the praxis and theoretical framework of the curatorial ideas of the couple Lina Bo Bardi and Pietro Maria Bardi. The analysis commences on the period of their arrival in Brazil from Italy, in 1946 and their further establishment in the country. Taking into account both individual praxis as museum directors as well as their collaborative project for the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP).

The study reviews the architectural ideas of Lina Bo Bardi for MASP in conjunction with the museography ideas of her senior partner. In this context, reconsidering their work as a jointed oeuvre. Also, considering the independent work of Lina Bo as museum director of MAM-Bahia disrupted by the 1964 coup d’état. And ultimately the research analyses the implementation of the Bardis ideas and praxis with the example of the project and program for the Museum of Art of São Paulo initiated in 1969.

On that sense, the current research directs to the curatorial techniques developed on this period aiming to understand different aspects such as theory, experimentation and practice which etymologically us defined by ars (techne), in this case: the art of exhibiting.

The act of exhibiting can be described in the context of this research as the act of transmitting cultural knowledge, usually taking the form of an experience. From this perspective, exhibitions can be defined not only by the content in space but also by their users. The place of the exhibition is thus a specific ‘place of social interactions’ specific experiential different levels of perception.