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Lina Bo Bradi Drawing


When we design, even as a student, it is important that a building serves a purpose and that it has the connotation of use. It is necessary that the work does not fall from the sky over its inhabitants, but rather expresses a need. [...] In conclusion, youshould always look for the ideal, decent object, which could also be defined by the old term «beauty».


Architect, designer, graphic artist and keen observer of life Lina Bo Bardi (1914 – 1992) is remembered today for her iconic buildings located mostly in Brazil. This exhibition at the Fundació Joan Miró considers her drawings, both artistic and working sketches, a series of 100 documents that capture aspects of her designs for buildings, furniture, exhibitions as well as the artistic sensibility underlying her work. The exhibition is curated by another architect, Zeuler Rocha Lima – also an artist, researcher, and internacional expert on Bo Bardi – with support from the Fundació Banco Sabadell. Bo Bardi had a very specific understanding of drawing and the works are displayed in such a way as to recreate this approach, many of the drawings are placed on scaffolding poles and structures.

  • Lina Bo Bardi Drawing

    Interior sketch of the Casa de Vidro, São Paulo, 1951
    Series of four drawings
    Colour pencil and China ink on paper
    10,9 x 11,8 cm

  • Lina Bo Bardi Drawing

    View of the exhibition Lina Bor Bardi Drawing

    The style of the drawings is in turns naïf, informative with annotations, figurative and abstract produced with a variety of techniques; pencil, watercolour, gouache, felt pen, pen and ink also reveal her broad view of design and architecture, accessible to everyone, in which she merges different artistic sensibilities that are fed by nature and everyday life. To quote the curator, “her drawings are highly personal. They constitute an emotional exercise that goes beyond intellectual practice […] clearly, in her hands, drawing involved a quest for knowledge and intimacy. It was an act of love. And, like all forms of love, it was full of challenges, contradictions and ambiguities.” 

  • Lina Bo Bardi Drawing


    The Fundació Joan Miró is one of Barcelona’s most emblematic museums, not only for its permanent collection and temporal exhibitions, but also for its support to emerging, avant-garde artists with Espai 13. Designed by architect Josep Lluís Sert in collaboration with the artist himself the building was opened in 1975 (later extended in 1988 and 2000). Perched on the hillside of Monjuïc, close to the MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya), with views over Barcelona integrated with the naturally lit gallery spaces the museum beautifully integrates painting, sculpture and architecture.

  • Lina Bo Bardi Drawing

    Furniture designs for the Casa Mondadori, Milan, 1945
    Watercolour, gouache, graphite pencil and China ink onf card
    37,7 x 53,8 cm

  • Lina Bo Bardi Drawing

    Illustration for the poster of the Agricultura paulista exhibition, São Paulo, 1951
    Watercolour, colour pencil, graphite pencil,
    wax crayon and collage on offset paper  
    56.6 x 81.3 cm

  • Lina Bo Bardi Drawing

    portrait of Lina Bo Bardi. Bob Wolfenson, 1978 IBCV Archives


    Lina Bo Bardi drawing

  • From 15 February to 26 May
  • Fundació Joan Miró
  • Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038
  • www.fmirobcn.org