Cristobal Palma, Lina Bo Bardi Untitled (Lina Bo Bardi's SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, 1977–86) 2008

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Cristobal Palma’s photograph shows a transformed former metal barrel factory in São Paulo that Lina Bo Bardi—a visionary architect, urbanist, designer, and political activist who settled in Brazil in 1946—rehabilitated into a collection of community-centered spaces in the 1970s and ’80s. Today known as the SESC Pompéia, the complex features classrooms and reading areas, restaurants and bars, a theater, and a sports block. “Cave mouths” have been inserted into walls as windows while eight pathways bridge various facilities. The project was the culmination of Bo Bardi’s embrace of a principle she termed “the civilization of survival,” in which she created non-hierarchical, democratic civic spaces in previously inhospitable urban contexts.

Gallery label from 2021
Giclée print
29 15/16 x 22 13/16" (76 x 58 cm)
Gift of Andre Singer
Object number
Architecture and Design

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