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Alvar Aalto. The Scandinavian Modern


CaixaForum hosts an exhibition that traces the career of the great Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, one of the most important twentieth century, noted for his interest humanize architecture, in which a masterful interplay of volumes, shapes and organic materials occurs, as well as avant-garde furniture design.

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was the most important Finnish architect of his generation and a leading exponent of modernism viewed from a humanistic perspective. His buildings, such as the Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium, the Viipuri (Viborg) Library and the Villa Mairea, all situated in Finland, embody a masterful, organic interplay of volume, materials and light.

Aalto worked in several countries like Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany or the United States during the war, where he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among his more than 400 buildings are the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki (1975), the University of Helsinki or Opera Essen (1988). He also designed furniture, glassware and lamps.

Art, together with the contacts and conversations Aalto had with numerous international avant-garde figures, played a significant intermediary role in the translation of natural forms into architecture and design. The architect took a great interest in the potential for symbolic expression inherent in shapes borrowed from nature. He believed that nature illustrated and strategically legitimised a certain creative attitude, as well as a humanistic perspective that strived to preserve individuality in a society of the masses that is mechanised, technologically-driven and conditioned by economic constraints.

The exhibition takes a look at his life and work, highlighting the most important buildings and designs, through historical and more than a hundred pieces of original drawings, furniture, lamps, glass objects and works by other contemporary artists as models Jean Arp and Alexander Calder, and historical and modern photographs of Armin Linke.

The building is 100% accessible for wheelchair users and scooter users. Access the building taking an elavator.

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Alvar Aalto
When: 30 September - 10 January 2016
Where: CaixaForum Madrid
Address: Paseo del Prado, 36 (Madrid)
Web: http://agenda.obrasocial.lacaixa.es/-/alvar-aalto-1898-1976#itinerancias
Ticket price: 4 EUR
Opening hours: Lun-dom: 10:00 – 20:00 h