Alvar Aalto retrospective coming to Kunsten

23.1.2017 by

From January 26th to April 17th 2017, you have the chance to learn more about world-renowned Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) at Kunsten in Aalborg.

Photo: Göran Schildt

Photo: Göran Schildt

Kunsten, in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum, is bringing the exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature to Aalborg. This retrospective exhibition gives you the opportunity to take a closer look at Alvar Aalto’s life and work. It also offers new perspectives on his highly influential style and sources of inspiration. One major addition to the exhibition is the building itself, designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1972. Other famous buildings by Aalto include the Paimio Sanatorium (1928-33) , Villa Mairea (1939) and the Finlandia Concert Hall (1975).

Finlandia Concert Hall. Photo: Rune S.

Finlandia Concert Hall. Photo: Rune S.

Aalto drew inspiration from both art and nature to create architecture and design with an organic, natural feel. His attention to detail and personal interpretation of functionalist design made for an exciting career spanning from the early 1920s to the 1970s. Through the years, Aalto created more than 400 buildings and a great deal of furniture, glass and lamp designs. He also co-founded the gallery and furniture company Artek, which is still viewed as a major contributor to modern design.

Paimio Armchair. Photo: Jürgen Hans

Paimio Armchair. Photo: Jürgen Hans

The exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature includes architectural models, furniture design, lamps and glassware. It also includes pieces by artists such as Alexander Calder and Jean Arp to showcase the important relationship between Aalto and the art of his time.

The exhibition will be open 26.1-27.4.2017 so do go and have a look!

More information can be found here or here.