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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 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, Atelier 4, Fine Art Logistics.