Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to Exhibit Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi – A Wonderful Entanglement | State / Regional

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, October 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is delighted to present Isaac julien: Lina Bo Bardi – A wonderful entanglement, the institutional beginning of the exhibition at United States. In this installation, Julien examines the legendary Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, telling the story of the architect’s life and work through dramatic staging of his words and ideas performed in the midst of his most prized Modernist buildings. Run from October 30, 2021 through February 27, 2022, Julien’s video installation – the beating heart of the exhibition – envelops the viewer and crosses the boundaries between art forms, time and continents. Conceived as a multi-layered film, the work is projected simultaneously and alternately on nine screens, which means that time loses its chronological meaning.

Julien’s passion for Lina Bo Bardi emerged in the 1990s on a trip to Brazil, where he saw many of his fascinating and daring buildings. Since then, her artistic career regularly crosses her creative universe, establishing a fruitful and successful dialogue between their works at SESC Pompeia by Lina Bo Bardi in her solo exhibition. Geopoetics from 2012. Shot on several locations in Brazil, including the São Paulo Museum of Art, the Bahia Museum of Modern Art and the Teatro Gregório de Matos de Salvador, Julien’s work acts as an open reflection on the Brazilian projects of the architect from the 1960s to the 1980s. These places are exceptional places that sometimes take different lives to host events, leisure activities, initiatives. friendly and cultural. Bo Bardi’s the story of life is performed by Brazilian actresses Fernanda Montenegro and Fernanda Torres, mother and daughter in real life, who portray the mature version and the younger version of Bo Bardi.

Isaac Julien, CBE RA, was born in London in 1960. He has pioneered several screen installation techniques in contemporary art over the past 25 years. Having made his mark in the art world in the late 1980s with his cinematic exploration of black gay desire and the Harlem Renaissance in Finding Langston, Julien has remained at the forefront of contemporary art by breaking down the barriers that exist between artistic disciplines and exploring themes such as history, storytelling, race, southern countries and migration through mediums installation and cinema. Her work continues to examine the poetics of migration, black politics, and diaspora cultures, researching important cultural and political figures, from Frédéric douglass to Frantz Fanon. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, new York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and MAXXI, Rome, among other major contemporary museums around the world and is kept in the permanent collections of museums around the world.

Narrative shots throughout the work are superimposed, and the two actresses – the younger and older portrayals of Bo Bardi – are often present in the same scene. This double presence blurs fiction and reality, and the linearity of the biographical story is called into question. The title of the work is based on a well-known passage from Bo Bardi’s correspondence:

“Linear time is a Western invention. Time is not linear, it is a marvelous entanglement, where at any time points can be chosen and solutions invented, with no beginning or end.”

At Lina Bo Bardi life and his reflections on politics, society and culture are presented both through his architectural vision and through Julien’s artistic vision, ”said Todd D. Smith, Executive Director, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. “As the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art continues to evolve, working with living artists like Isaac julien and propose projects like A wonderful entanglement directly support our commitment to exploring the complex histories of modern art and examining its heritage. We are delighted to launch the next chapter of the museum’s conservation program with this important and meaningful work. “

A series of photographic collages created for the Bechtler presentation, biographical and archival material associated with Lina Bo Bardi, and a chronology exploring the genesis and production of the work by reconstructing the stages of research and filming of the cinematographic installation accompany the installation of nine screens. On the occasion of the exhibition, the Bechtler Museum will present a rich program of activities dedicated to focusing on the themes present in the exhibition.

Isaac julien: Lina Bo Bardi – A wonderful entanglement is the first exhibition to launch the 2021-2023 exhibition seasons of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which include Annemarie Schwarzenbach: Departure Without Destination (April 2 – June 19, 2022) and Sol LeWitt: All ideas are art (October 15, 2022February 19, 2023). For more information, visit

About the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is the only museum in Southern United States exclusively dedicated to modern European and American art and its legacies. Capturing a remarkable era in the art history of the Zurich-based Bechtler family collection, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s collection includes works by some of Modernism’s most important and influential figures, including Alexandre calder, Le Corbusier, Edgar Degas, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara hepworth, Jasper john, Paul Klee, Alfred Manessier, Joan miró, Kenneth noland, Pablo Picasso, Bridget riley, Nicolas de Staëme, Andy warhol and a host of other 20th century notables. The museum, designed by the Swiss architect Mario botta, highlights the iconic Niki de Saint Phalle The Great Firebird on the Ark on its entry place. Located in the heart of Uptown, the Bechtler is a bright community space created to inspire and engage first-time visitors and longtime supporters.

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