The ”la Caixa” Foundation, together with the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany) and the Alvar Aalto Museum (Jyväskylä, Finland), presents the exhibition Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design, a major retrospective of this legendary architect that takes a new look at his work and analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images produced by Armin Linke.
A new section of the exhibition has been added for its tour of Spain, detailing Aalto’s visits to our country in 1951. The exhibition will be open until August 23, 2015.
Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), who was called the “Magus of the North” by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion, is the best known Finnish architect of his generation and one of the chief proponents of a human-centred modernism. His buildings such as the Paimio Sanatorium (1933) for patients suffering from tuberculosis, and Villa Mairea (1939) embody a masterful interplay of organic volumes, forms and materials. Aalto’s Paimio Chair (1931–1932) and his Stool 60 (1933) were milestones in the development of modern furniture, and his emblematic Savoy Vase (1936) has become the symbol of Finnish Design.
CaixaForum Barcelona is now pleased to present the exhibition Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design, an extensive overview of the life and work of Alvar Aalto (Kuortane, Finland, 1898 – Helsinki, Finland, 1976). The exhibition – curated by Jochen Eisenbrand, Chief Curator at the Vitra Design Museum – looks at the life of this Finnish architect and provides insights into every aspect of his artistic process thanks to the 350 exhibits featured, among them period models, original drawings, furniture, lamps and glassware, as well as works by other notable artists, among them Alexander Calder and Jean Arp.
The exhibition includes Aalto’s most iconic buildings and designs, but also lesser-known projects that remained on paper. The display is complemented by the work of the German artist Armin Linke, who was commissioned to produce new photographs and film footage of particular buildings.
Linke’s pieces appear throughout the exhibition, engaging in a dialogue with the period and archive material of the Vitra Design Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum, as well as pieces from international lenders.
Parts of the exhibition
Nature, art and architecture
Flexible standardisation and reconstruction
Rational but human lighting
The art of the everyday
An architecture of synthesis
1951: Aalto in Spain
Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design.
4 June to 23 August 2015
Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
Exhibition information and images courtesy of laCaixa