Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass Easels at MASP and the 2024 Venice Biennale

Lina Bo Bardi’s renowned glass easels, a distinctive feature of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), are gaining international recognition at the 60th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. This edition, curated by Adriano Pedrosa and running from 20 April to 24 November 2024, highlights these innovative display supports at Arselane’s international exhibition.

Bo Bardi’s glass easels revolutionised museology by allowing unobstructed views of artworks and providing visitors with an immersive and engaging experience at MASP. In Venice, this same approach enhances the narrative of the 20th-century Italian artistic diaspora.

Notable among the rooms in the Biennale are those dedicated to portraits, abstractions, and particularly, the Italian artistic diaspora. In the latter, Bo Bardi’s glass easels are employed to showcase works by 40 first and second-generation Italian artists who moved to various continents, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, as well as other parts of Europe and the United States. These artists, integrating into local cultures, played significant roles in the development of modernism beyond Italy.

This room not only celebrates artists who contributed to global modernism but also honours Lina Bo Bardi, an Italian who migrated to Brazil and left a lasting legacy in architecture and museology. Bo Bardi was awarded the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (In Memoriam) at the 2021 Architecture Biennale. She continues to profoundly influence the worlds of art and architecture with her innovations.

The presence of Bo Bardi’s glass easels at the Venice Biennale not only reaffirms the importance of her work but also creates a significant link between Brazil’s vibrant art scene and Italian artistic traditions, highlighting the global impact of these interconnected cultural narratives.

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