Giraffe chair Lina Bo Bardi 
Instituto Bardi 

Lina Bo Bardi

the Italian architect, designer, 

scenographer, artist, 

who lived and worked mainly in Brazil, 

is recognized fully in her home country 

of Italy and consequently the whole of Europe,

since she is the recipient of 

the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 

in memoriam of the 17th International Architecture 

Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

that  opened  May 22, 2021 

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The acknowledgment was recommended by Hashim Sarkis, 

curator of the Biennale Architettura 2021, 

and approved by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia.

In recommending this award, Hashim Sarkis 
expressed the following motivation:

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«If there is one architect 
who embodies most 
fittingly the theme 
of the Biennale Architettura 2021, 

it is Lina Bo Bardi. 

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Her career as a designer, editor, curator, 
and activist reminds us of the role of 
the architect as convener and importantly, 
as the builder of collective visions. 

Lina Bo Bardi also exemplifies the 
perseverance of the architect 
in difficult times whether wars, 
political strife, or immigration, 
and her ability to remain creative, 
generous, and optimistic throughout.

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Above all, it is her powerful buildings 

that stand out in their design and in the way 

that they bring architecture, 

nature, living, and community together. 

In her hands, architecture becomes truly a convening social art.»

Just as one example, the design of the São Paulo Museum 

MASP click to see my visit at MASP

is exemplary in its ability to create a 

public space for the whole city, 

to create spaces inside that are flexible 

and to be open to experimental and more inclusive 

exhibitions such as Bo Bardi’s own exhibitions. 

The titles of these exhibitions alone, 

“The House as Soul,” “The Dignity of Architecture,” 

and “The Hand of the Brazilian People,” 

illustrate very strongly the power 

of architecture to bring people together.

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The Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is a long overdue recognition for an illustrious career straddling between Italy and Brazil, for re-enlivening the role of the architect as an enabler of society, 

and for a woman who 

simply represents 

the architect 

at her best.»

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