Bottega Veneta announces the third iteration of The Square São Paolo, an event conceived by Creative Director Mattieu Blazy. The Square brings artists, guests, and the public together to inspire curiosity and champion Bottega Veneta values such as craft, creativity, and self-expression. The Square was first introduced to Dubai in 2022, followed by a second installment in Tokyo.
The Square São Paolo
Opening May 24th through May 26th, The Square São Paolo follows a unique artistic program hosted at Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro (Glass House). Curated with Mari Stockler, the 11-day program brings artists and artworks from across Brazil to honor the legacy of Bo Bardi and Brazil.
The Square São Paulo include Arnaldo Antunes, Ibã Salles, Vivian Caccuri, Luiz Zerbini, Carlito Carvalhosa, Rosana Paulino, Alaíde Costa, Lenora de Barros, Cristiano Lenhardt, Leda Catunda, Ricardo Aleixo, and João Camarero. The event features works by Lygia Pape, Hélio Oiticica, Augusto de Campos, Mestre Guarany, Surubim Feliciano da Paixão – as well as Bo Bardi’s work, writings, and original furnishings housed in Casa de Vidro. Four books, based on The Square’s four pathways, will be published in a limited-edition boxed set.
Born in Rome, Bo Bardi moved to Brazil in 1946 and became one of Brazilian modernism’s most important and expressive figures. With a strong emphasis on the social potential of design and architecture, her pioneering projects include the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and the leisure center SESC Pompéia. A keen writer and thinker, she co-founded the influential art magazine Habitat and also created jewelry, costume, furniture, and set designs.
Casa de Vidro
Casa de Vidro was Bo Bardi’s first built project and personal residence until she died in 1992. Completed in 1951, the house has been a meeting point for artists, architects, and intellectuals during Bo Bardi’s lifetime and subsequently under the direction of the Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro.
Casa de Vidro is one of my favorite places. It’s a real inspiration to meet here with artists from across generations, across disciplines, and across Brazil to celebrate Lina Bo Bardi’s legacy and the richness of Brazilian culture. Bottega Veneta is all about timeless style. With The Square São Paulo, we recognize how Lina’s ideas and aesthetics resonate to this day, always reminding us of the transformative power of design and culture.Matthieu Blazy, Creative Director, Bottega Veneta
From the modernist project to her embrace of the power of Brazilian popular culture and collaboration with the counterculture, Lina challenged norms and developed ideas that crossed chronological time like arrows and are, today, an essential perspective of Brazilian identity. With The Square São Paulo, we dive into her revolutionary thinking. The event is designed as a dialogue. We provoke time by contrasting Lina’s objects with works by modern and contemporary artists in an exchange between past, present, and possible futures.Mari Stockler, Curator
The Square São Paulo
Casa de Vidro
May 24th – May 26th
R. Gen. Almério de Moura, 200 – Morumbi, São Paulo – SP, 05690-080, Brazil