Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) and Her Legendary Glass Easels

Featured image: the glass easels on view at the Venice Art Biennale | image © designboom

Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992), born Achillina Bo, was an Italian-Brazilian modernist architect who devoted her career to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. Her most iconic works include the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) and the SESC Pompéia, both housed in the same city. But Lina Bo Bardi’s genius reaches beyond the scope of architecture. After moving to Brazil in 1964, she turned her curiosity toward furniture, jewelry, curation, and set design, inspiring her to create the legendary glass easels for exhibition displays. Now on view at the 2024 Venice Art Biennale, this historical archetype — made of glass panels and concrete blocks — was originally conceived for MASP’s picture gallery and first introduced in 1968 at the inauguration of the museum’s headquarters on Paulista Avenue.

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