The Alvar Aalto exhibition proposes a new look at the work of the most famous Finnish architect and designer.

Baptised as the “Wizard of the North” by the critic Sigfried Giedion, Alvar Aalto brought human touch into modernism. His work, which is closely related to nature and to Finnish landscapes, finds here a new genesis through the works of other artists of his time, including László Moholy-Nagy, John Arp, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger. Strongly influenced by visual arts, photography and cinema, Aalto’s production combines volumes, materials and lights, a combination that results in a synthesis as never seen before: harmonious and unitary, transforming the space into a new landscape for the modern man.

Through mock-ups, drawings and photographs lent by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, Aalto’s major architectural achievements, including the Paimio Sanatorium (1928-1933), the Viipuri Library (1927-1935), the Villa Mairea (1937-1939) or Maison Louis Carré (1956-1959), enter in dialogue with a selection of works by his contemporaries, thus bringing together design, architecture and visual arts.

Jochen Eisenbrand, Curator, Vitra Design Museum with the collaboration of Stéphanie Quantin-Biancalani, Curator of Heritage, City of Architecture & Heritage

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Image: Pavillon finlandais, World’s fair in New York © Alvar Aalto Museum,
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