Alvar Aalto – Second Nature
26 January 2017 – 17 April 2017
Scandinavian architecture and design is famous around the world as it is, but has become ultramodern in recent years. Celebrated Danish names include Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Jørn Utzon. In Scandinavia, one of the most important pioneers is the Finnish ”starchitect” Alvar Aalto. In Denmark, we mainly know him as the man behind the Aalto vase and Aalborg’s art museum, Kunsten. Now Kunsten has created an exhibition in collaboration with one of the world’s most renowned museums, Vitra Design Museum, offering a comprehensive insight into Aalto’s work while also showing a new side of the architect.
The exhibition opens 26 January at 5:30 p.m. The press is welcome to visit the exhibition before the official opening. They are also welcome to interview Curator Jochen Eisenbrand from Vitra Design Museum and Director Gitte Ørskou from Kunsten. Please contact Head of Communication Lars Ulrich Hansen at telephone number +45 31994105 or at /LUH@kunsten.dk
Kunsten’s greatest work of art is the museum building itself. Every year thousands of architecturally-minded guests visit the only art museum in the world designed by Alvar Aalto. However, he not only designed the building but big parts of the furniture and equipment as well, such as lamps and door knobs. The building was created in co-operation with Aalto’s wife Elissa Aalto and Danish architect Jean-Jacques Baruël. The exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature lets viewers see the unique museum building in the context of Alvar Aalto’s extensive oeuvre.
The exhibition takes the audience on a journey through Aalto’s life and work. The first focal point is Aalto’s early work and development towards a unique modernist expression. This covers the period of his famous Paiomio Sanatorium. The Finnish nature and landscapes are often regarded as Aalto’s primary sources of inspiration, but the next focal point reveals new and as yet unexplored sides of Alvar Aalto’s work, showing how greatly inspired he was by artists of his time such as Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger and Jean Arp, whose works are presented. There is also an in-depth presentation of two chief works by Aalto, namely Villa Mairea in Finland and Maison Louis Carré in France. The next topic focuses on Aalto’s furniture, lamp and glassware designs, including a presentation of the company Artek, which Aalto co-founded. The fourth and final theme is dedicated to Aalto’s international career.
The exhibition, apart from showing Alvar Aalto’s architecture and design, also exhibits images by the internationally acclaimed photographer Armin Linke, who has visited and photographed Aalto’s most prominent buildings, including Kunsten. Linke’s photographs are displayed alongside original drawings and material from the archives of the Alvar Aalto Foundation and other international lenders.
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For further information please contact:
Head of Communication Lars Ulrich Hansen
Telephone: 31 99 41 05