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Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture

September 9th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
 
As part of the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,  Latin American & Latino Art in LA the Museum’s contribution is an unprecedented exploration of two visionary architects who critically expanded the meaning and practice of modern architecture. Bo Bardi emigrated from Italy to Brazil in 1946 and Frey from Switzerland to the United States in 1930. Though the two did not meet . . .
 

Iwan Baan, Frey House II, 2016, photograph © Iwan Baan
Veronika Kellndorfer, Sesc Pompeia, Cylindropuntia Fulgida, 2016, transparent silkscreen on glass, 70 x 105 cm, edition of 5. Courtesy of the artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica
A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey, Aluminaire House, 1931, perspective sketch of exterior, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 20 1/16 x 20 1/16 inches © Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Albert Frey with his 1936 Ford convertible, Palm Springs, CA, ca. 1936, gelatin silver print © Albert Frey Collection, Palm Springs Art Museum, 55-1999.2
Lina Bo Bardi holding her favorite lamp, photograph by Bob Wolfenson, 1978, Courtesy Instituto Lina Bo e  P. M. Bardi
Albert Frey, Frey House II, Palm Springs, CA, 1963-64, view from the southwest, photograph by François Halard, 1995, Courtesy François Halard
A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey, Aluminaire House, 1931, view of front entrance and double-height living room windows, photograph by Palmer Shannon, ca. 1931 © Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Lina Bo Bardi, Bardi House (Casa de vidro), São Paulo, Brazil, 1949-1952, Lina on entrance stairway, photograph by Francisco Albuquerque, 1952, Courtesy Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi
Lina Bo Bardi, Cirell House, São Paulo, Brazil, 1957-1958, conceptual elevation with plants, ca. 1957, graphite and china ink on parchment paper, 20.2 x 40.4 cm, Courtesy Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi
Lina Bo Bardi, Bardi House (Casa de vidro), São Paulo, Brazil, 1949-1952, photograph by Nelson Kon, 2002, Courtesy Nelson Kon
A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey, Aluminaire House, 1931, perspective sketch of exterior, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 20 1/16 x 20 1/16 inches © Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Interiors 113, no. 4 (November 1953): cover
Lina Bo Bardi, Bardi House (Casa de vidro), São Paulo, Brazil, 1949-1952, Lina leaning against a ground-floor piloti, photograph by Alice Brill, ca. 1952 (Detail) © Alice Brill/Instituto Moreira Salles Collection
Albert Frey, Frey House II, Palm Springs, CA, 1963-64, view from the southeast, photograph by François Halard, 1995, Courtesy François Halard
Lina Bo Bardi, Bardi House (Casa de vidro), São Paulo, Brazil, 1949-1952, view from the northeast, photograph by Nelson Kon, 2002, Courtesy Nelson Kon

 

As part of the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Latin American & Latino Art in LA the Museum’s contribution Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture is an unprecedented exploration of two visionary architects who critically expanded the meaning and practice of modern architecture. Bo Bardi (1914–1992) emigrated from Italy to Brazil in 1946 and Frey (1903–1998) from Switzerland to the United States in 1930. Though the two did not meet, Bo Bardi translated Frey’s treatise Living Architecture for Domus, and their personal and professional odysseys are representative of the emergence of São Paulo and Southern California as architectural and cultural laboratories in the middle of the 20th century. They each created modernist houses, furniture, public buildings, and approaches to urban design that move beyond strict rationalism to embrace the social and environmental contexts specific to their adoptive homes in Brazil and Southern California. Bo Bardi and Frey shared a belief in architecture as a way to connect people, nature, building, and living. As they embraced modern technologies, they responded to the climate and terrain of the local environment and the people whose personal and social experiences were touched by those conditions.

Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture is organized by Palm Springs Art Musuem and Curated by Daniell Cornell, PhD., the Museum's Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr. Director of Art, and Zeuler Rocha M. de A. Lima, PhD, CAU-BR, Associate Professor, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis.  A full color illustrated catalogue published by Palm Springs Art Musuem/DelMonico Books•Prestel will accompany this exhibition, with essays by Dr. Cornell, Dr. Lima, and Joseph Rosa, Director, The University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, MI); Cathrine Veikos, Associate Professor of Architecture, California College of the Arts (San Francisco); Sidney Williams, Exhibition Advisor. It will be available for purchase in Bradford W. Bates Vault: The Museum Design Store and the Museum Store, Palm Springs Art Museum.

Additional funding for Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture is provided by Dr. Roswitha Kima Smale, Simon K. Chiu, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Council, Atelier 4 - Fine Art Logistics, Arper, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

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Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation. The Desert Sun is the exhibition media sponsor.