The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will exhibit Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi

Julien’s passion for Lina Bo Bardi appeared in the 1990s during a trip to Brazil, where he saw many of his fascinating and daring buildings. Since then, her artistic career has regularly crossed paths with her creative universe, establishing a fruitful and successful dialogue between their works at the SESC Pompeia by Lina Bo Bardi in her personal exhibition. Geopoetics from 2012. Filmed at multiple locations in Brazilincluding the Museum of Art of São Paulo, the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia and the Teatro Gregório de Matos de salvadorJulien’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 on different lives to host events, leisure activities, convivial initiatives and cultural. At Bo Bardi’s life story is performed by brazilian actresses Fernanda Montenegro and Fernanda Torresmother and daughter in real life, who embody the mature version and the younger version of Bo Bardi.

Isaac Julien, CBE RA, was born in London in 1960. He has pioneered multi-screen installation techniques in contemporary art for the past 25 years. Rising to fame 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, the global South and migration through the through installation and cinema. His work continues to examine the poetics of migration, black politics, and cultures in diasporas, seeking out important cultural and political figures, from Frederick Douglass to Frantz Fanon. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and MAXXI, Romeamong other major contemporary museums around the world and is part of the permanent collections of museums around the world.

The narrative planes throughout the work overlap, 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 narrative is called into question. The title of the book is inspired by a well-known passage from At Bo Bardi’s correspondence:

“Linear time is a Western invention. Time is not linear, it is a marvelous entanglement, where at any moment points can be chosen and solutions invented, without beginning or end.”

At Lina Bo Bardi life and his thoughts 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 julienne and propose projects like A marvelous tangle directly support our commitment to exploring the complex histories of modern art and examining its legacy. We are delighted to launch the next chapter of the museum’s curatorial program with this important and meaningful work. »

A series of photographic collages created for the Bechtler presentation, of 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 the research and filming of the cinematographic installation accompany the installation on nine screens. On the occasion of the exhibition, the Bechtler Museum will present a rich program of activities dedicated to the themes present in the exhibition.

isaac julienne: Lina Bo Bardi – A marvelous tangle is the first exhibition to kick off the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s 2021-2023 exhibition seasons, 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 the Southern United States exclusively dedicated to modern European and American art and its legacies. Capturing a remarkable era in the history of art from the Zurich-based Bechtler family collection, the collection of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art includes works by some of the most important and influential figures of Modernism, including Alexander Calder, Le CorbusierEdgar Degas, Max ErnstAlberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, Alfred Manessier, Joan Mirwhere, Kenneth Noland, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Riley, Nicolas de StaëI , Andy Warhol and a host of other 20th century notables. The museum, designed by Swiss architect Mario Bootshighlights the iconic Niki de Saint Phalle The Great Firebird on the Ark at his entrance. Located in the heart of Uptown, the Bechtler is a bright community space created to inspire and engage new visitors and long-time supporters.

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