São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP)
São Paulo, Brazil | Lina Bo Bardi | 1968
The MASP’s elevated concrete mass makes a monumental statement on São Paulo’s famous Paulista Avenue. The juxtaposition between weight and lightness translates into the upper gallery floor with Lina Bo Bardi’s bold and controversial glass and concrete easels. Following the original design, these easels were recently recreated for a 2015 exhibition that showcases works from 400 BC to 2000 AD.
By removing the normative white gallery walls, the “floating” artworks enable a higher density display of objects and create new visual relationships between the works. The glass easels also reveal the skeleton or backside of the paintings, which are typically hidden from view.
Visited: January 17, 2018