This postdoctoral proposal aims to study the Italian presence in art and architecture in São Paulo in the post-war period, based on works by the artist Bramante Buffoni (1912-1989), especially in association with the architecture of Ermano Siffredi and Maria Bardelli. Although little is known about these characters and their performances in São Paulo, their works occupy important spaces of the city and combine a series of fundamental concepts for the construction of a modern identity for the city. In addition to his public works, Buffoni also has a work in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, donated by Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho. The work - about which there is little information - is apparently linked to the mural production of the artist and is the only one of his works present in a museum collection in Brazil.In addition to further investigating Buffoni's production in Brazil, the research also seeks to elucidate the relationship of this production with two forces within the history of Brazilian art: the tradition of decorative arts - and its connection with modern architecture - and the dissemination of a specific taste, which had as main articulators Pietro and Lina Bo Bardi, with whom Buffoni maintained a close relation. In spite of the importance of these aspects for the history of art in Brazil, there is still little specialized literature that focuses on these themes and observes them as points of problematization within the studies on modernism in Brazil. In this sense, the present study proposes a displacement of theoretical references from the French school of Le Corbusier and the German school of the Bauhaus - and that guided much of the studies on art and architecture in Brazil - to the Italian context in which important agents to Brazilian modernism were formed.
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