Modernism + Film: Precise Poetry of Lina Bo Bardi

Modernism + Film: Precise Poetry of Lina Bo Bardi



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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art screens the film Precise Poetry of Lina Bo Bardi (53 minutes), April 27 during the Modernism + Film program.

On the eve of Lina Bo Bardi's 100th birthday, colleagues and close friends recount personal events and the sociopolitical constrictions that would build and be written into the timelessness, precision, and perfections of her work. Spoken in Portuguese with English subtitles, this film is based on the famous Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi and how she created poetry through architecture.  

A poem has a particular structure that is designed to uphold a point of view, architecture can be just as such, and as far as Bo Bardi was concerned it was. She brought each building to life with various aspects of aesthetics and designs. Her designs come to life with the energy, diversity, and creativity produced by the people who inhabit them. The film explores her most important architectural projects in São Paulo and Salvador da Bahia and draws the question of what remains of a person in the work they leave behind.

Born in 1914 in Rome, Bo Bardi eventually formed her roots in Brazil. She devoted her life's work to promoting the social and cultural aspect of potential architecture and design after her work space was destroyed during an explosion in WWII. Bo Bardi was more than an architect, she was a designer of sets, furniture, and jewelry, she was also an editor, illustrator, and curator. Her enthusiasm for wanting to integrate the values of the Modern Movement with popular culture was game changing.


Prior to the screening, Dr. José L.S. Gamez, Associate Professor of Architecture and the Associate Director of the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte, will present opening remarks. A panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Gamez, will follow the film's screening. The panel includes:

- Nathalia Garcia-Rios, a Colombian artist and architect. She graduated from the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture in 2015. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC. 

- Lucia Zapata Griffith: With an innovative spirit and over 25 years of proven expertise in the design and construction fields, Lucia leads the efforts at METRO Landmarks to say ahead of the curve. She has led the development of projects of a diverse variety and complexity including retail facilities, interior renovations, restaurants, office buildings and manufacturing plants. 

- Jack Ossa: Founder and Principal of Ossa Studio, a multidisciplinary design firm centered at the intersection of creativity, culture and technology to create impactful experiences through the power of design. Jack has an infectious passion for design, and as a first generation immigrant he brings a unique cultural perspective to problem solving, always trying to turn the constraints of every project into the design directive.  


An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.


Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students (Student tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Must present student ID to claim). Buy Tickets online, tickets may also be purchased by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk.

Watch the trailer for The Precise Poetry of Lina Bo Bardi below:

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