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Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi


The glass house was built in 1950 by Lina Bo Bardi as the house for her and her beloved husband.  Since 1987 it has been designated as historical patrimony by CONDEPHAAT and it was donated in 1995 by prof. Bardi to house the institute’s headquarters.

The house was among the first to be built in this area of the city (Jardim Morumbi) which was characterized by the presence of a luxurious and flourishing Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest).  During the 1980s the neighbourhood, which previously hosted only beautiful tropical flora and fauna, underwent a rapid urbanization process, driven also by the fact that the government of Sao Paulo moved its offices into the quarter.

Nowadays, the area is residential and very fashionable, even though Paraisopolis, one of the most ancient favelas of the city, is right next to it.

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The Bo Bardi Institute’s mission is to follow the footsteps set by the Bardi couple who dedicated their lives to art and culture.

The objectives can be divided into four broad categories:

– Cultural objectives

To arrange publications, lectures, readings, discussions and exhibits in order to preserve and spread the works of the couple and to promote Brazilian art and architecture

To create and foster an artistic network at an international level

– Educational objectives

To keep a library with works concerning architecture and arts and organize the works of the Bardis into files

To organized educational activities in order to stimulate interests in arts and architecture

– Spatial objectives

To adapt the glass house to become the headquarter of the institute and to open it to the public

To make the Bardis’ collection available to anybody

– Social objectives

To promote social projects and to ameliorate people’s the quality of life

The house and pieces from the collection have been recently restored and public visits will restart soon.

by Giulia Squeri

Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi website

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