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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 . . .
 

Interior of Glass House (Casa de Vidro) by Lina Bo Bardi, with Veronika Kellndorfer, transparent silkscreen print on glass, installation view, 2014, courtesy of Christopher Grimes Gallery.
Iwan Baan, Frey House II, 2016, photograph © Iwan Baan

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 made possible with major grants from the Getty Foundation.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is 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. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries.

Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. 

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In correlation with Palm Spring’s Modernism Week, Daniell Cornell, PhD, The Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr. Director of Art at Palm Springs Art Museum, will give a preview presentation of the Museum’s upcoming exhibition on February 25, 2017. For ticketing and details on this event, please visit Modernism Week.