“Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design” at CaixaForum Madrid

This major retrospective of this legendary architect analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, among them László Moholy- Nagy, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images.

 

Aino Aalto en una cadira Paimio, fotomuntatge, dècada del 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

Aino Aalto on a Paimio chair, circa 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

 

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), who was called the “Magus of the North” by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion, is the best known Finnish architects 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.

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Alvar Aalto retrospective at CaixaForum Barcelona

The exhibition includes Aalto’s most iconic buildings and designs, but also lesser-known projects that remained on paper, as well as Armin Linke’s new photographs and footage on the architect’s work.

 

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, Alvar Aalto, 1956-1959, 1961-1963 © Armin Linke, 2014. Gentilesa de la Galleria Pescamara, Pescara

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, Alvar Aalto, 1956-1959, 1961-1963 © Armin Linke, 2014. Courtesy of Galleria Pescamara, Pescara

 

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.

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