Finnish architect/designer Alvar Aalto is one of the leading lights of modernism – a fact that’s being recognised by London’s Barbican Gallery, which is hosting his first UK retrospective, curated by contemporary Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
The exhibition primarily focuses on Aalto’s architectural style, featuring models, drawings, photographs and artefacts from 14 key projects across six decades, including Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium (1929-33), Villa Mairea (1938-39), AA-System Houses (1937-1945), Experimental House (1952-53), North Jutland Art Museum (1958-72) and the development of the urban centre for Seinäjoki (1952-87).
But Aalto is probably just as well known for his interiors, which are also featured. Items on display include his famous stacking stool and other furniture, as well as glassware, light fittings and textiles, many of which are still manufactured today by Artek. Also featured are works by the exhibition curator, heavily influenced by Aalto’s past work.
The exhibition runs from 22nd February – 13th May 2007, with tickets priced between £6 and £8. The gallery is open daily from 11am – 8pm, excluding Tue & Thu (11am – 6pm).