Press release - The Hague, 24 March 2016
'Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi'
6 April - 3 July 2016
'in progress' from 6 to 22 April
Location: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Lina Bo Bardi’s reputation as an architect is acknowledged all over the world. Some of her best known and most striking buildings in Brazil are the Museu de Arte São Paolo, Casa de Vidro and SESC Pompeia. But Bo Bardi was so much more than just an architect. The importance of her buildings extends beyond just their physical form. Stroom Den Haag invited six artists to reflect on precisely this aspect of her work. ‘Another Reality’ shows works ‘After Lina Bo Bardi’ by Céline Condorelli, Leonor Antunes, Manuel Raeder & Mariana Castillo Deball, Mike Cooter and Wendelien van Oldenborgh.
“I saw the world around me as just immediate reality rather than an abstract literary exercise”. By looking at the world in this manner Lina Bo Bardi (Rome, 1914 - São Paolo, 1992) developed a specific and generous oeuvre consisting of buildings, interventions, exhibitions, chairs, magazines, texts, posters, theater sets, jewelry, costumes and interiors. The meaning and impact of this versatile body of work – and its relevance in the world today - can be summarized in the concept of ‘the social’. This brings together her attention for everyday reality and the needs of the users, her belief in collectivity and creativity, and her interest in education and communication. According Bo Bardi, the people are the leading players in a space. They are the ones who bring the building, the city, the exhibition, the performance, the magazine, the chairs to life.
The exhibition ‘Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi’ presents the versatility of Lina Bo Bardi through the work of six contemporary artists, through drawings, photographs and films, books and documentation and by means of an extended program of events exploring her ideas about presenting, education, history, play, design, architecture, popular culture and everyday reality.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh will show ‘Lina Bo Bardi: The Didactic Room’ (created for the Van Abbemuseum in 2010), based on the ‘crystal easels' Lina Bo Bardi designed for the MASP. At Stroom the easels will be shown with works on loan from private collectors (mostly from The Hague) in combination with collages of Bo Bardi's work made by Van Oldenborgh and Grant Watson. Céline Condorelli will present a new work based on another exhibition design by Bo Bardi: a wooden grid structure combined with plants. On this structure (reproductions of) drawings by Bo Bardi will be shown on a weekly basis. In addition to these two large-scale installations Leonor Antunes will show one of her Lina sculptures, Mike Cooter will build a concrete stage based on anthropomorphic window holes, and Mariana Castillo Deball and Manuel Raeder will contribute various furniture objects in the shape of animals inspired by Bo Bardi's drawings.
'In progress' period and program
'Another Reality' is based on the current Stroom exhibition ‘Display Show’ (on view thru 3 April). From 6 April ‘Display Show’ will gradually transform into ‘Another Reality’ through lectures, temporary installations and talks. This public program of activities is still in development. For up-to-date information please check our website www.stroom.nl. The exhibition will come to a close on Saturday 2 July with a Lina Bo Bardi Fan Day, organized by Wendelien van Oldenborgh.
'Another Reality' is part of the long-running program ‘Attempts to Read the World (Differently)’ developed by Stroom Den Haag in collaboration with Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Céline Condorelli, Dunja Herzog and Neïl Beloufa. Parallel to the exhibition with Céline Condorelli at Stroom the artist Dunja Herzog will be introduced to the Dutch audience with the exhibition ‘The Word for World is Forest', on view from 8 April to 8 May at 1646 in The Hague.
'Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi’ is made possible in part by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Mondriaan Fund and The City of The Hague.
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