Kellndorfer Casa de Vidro
Foto: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland

Finissage: «Casa de Vidro. Lina Bo Bardi in dialogue with Sverre Fehn»

14. mai 2017

The National Museum – Architecture

Welcome to the closing event for the exhibition  “Casa de Vidro. Lina Bo Bardi in Dialogue with Sverre Fehn” and presentation of the Architecture Yearbook 2016/17!

To mark the last day of “Casa de Vidro”, we have invited Jan Maruhn, art historian and director of the Berlin Sculpture Workshop, and artists Veronika Kellndorfer, Michael Wesely and Knut Åsdam to discuss the examination of architecture and urban structures in the visual arts.

On the same occasion, we will present the brand new Architecture Yearbook 2016/17, with a focus on modernist glass houses including contributions by Jan Maruhn on Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat and Markus Richter on Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro and Norwegian glass houses.


  • 12.15–12.30: Presentation of the Architecture Yearbook by editors Nina Berre and Markus Richter
  • 12.30–13.30: Conversation between art historian Jan Maruhn and artist Michael Wesely
  • 14.00–15.00: Guided tour through the exhibitions “Casa de Vidro” and “The Norwegian Glasshouse” with the curators Markus Richter and Talette Rørvik Simonsen
  • 15.30–16.00: Round table discussion with Veronika Kellndorfer, Michael Wesely, Knut Åsdam, Jan Maruhn and Markus Richter

The exhibition presents Lina Bo Bardi’s glasshouse in São Paulo, Casa de Vidro (1950–52), inside Sverre Fehn’s glass pavilion (1997–2008). It encompasses a dialogue between the architectural idioms of Bo Bardi and Fehn and the visual language of artist Veronika Kellndorfer. The National Museum commissioned the Berlin-based artist to reflect Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro in a new installation created especially for Fehn’s glass pavilion. Kellndorfer employs transformed and rasterized photographs of the building, which are silkscreened onto huge glass sheets, creating a representation of the house that is at once spectral and painterly.

The dialogue extends into the display elements used in the exhibition: We combine Bo Bardi’s iconic glass easels, developed for the presentation of paintings in the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), with the modular wall elements that Fehn designed for the National Museum – Architecture.