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Lina Bo Bardi’s Personal Modernism

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A foreigner. A woman. Different.  Being somewhat of an outsider gave Bo Bardi the perspective that made her a rare designer, balancing popular and high culture effortlessly, while foregoing demagogic verbiage. She was a modern designer ushering in the new, even if that meant respecting and valuing the past.


All photos courtesy Paul Clemence


Paul Clemence is an award-winning photographer whose work is part of many collections, including the Mies van der Rohe Archives and housed by MoMA, New York.  He exhibits both in the U.S. and on the international fine art circuit, from classic B & W prints to large scale photo installations. A published author, his work can also be seen in major design and lifestyle publications. His “Architecture Photography” Facebook page receives over half a million hits monthly.

Sep 14, 2013 05:42 pm
 Posted by  SeanAsh

Nice tour of some of her buildings. But how did you miss the SP Museum of Art????

Bo Bardi was one of my favorite architects, similar to late Le Corbusier, but I will hate it if she comes to prominence now not because of the quality of her work but because of this trendy feminism ('personal' modernism: barf) that she would have hated--like qualifying and beginning this story in terms of Denise Scott Brown. This is where the media does the built world no favors, if this becomes another trite story about the heroic female who goes up against the 'omnipresent' male architects. I'd prefer to see it through the lens of the rest of your story: it's just rich, layered, colorful, brazilian architecture.

All the rest is b.s.

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