(Alvar Hugo Henrik Aalto)Born in 1898 in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto opened The Alvar Aalto Office for Architecture and Monumental Art in 1923. His first independent commissions were for the Finnish Parliament House and a private house and sauna. In 1932, His Turun Sanomat Building was included in The Museum of Modern Art, New York’s first architecture show; 1938 saw the museum honor him with a solo exhibition. Throughout his life he won countless awards and competitions, lectured and held posts around the world, and designed dozens of signature, highly admired structures. Aalto died in 1976 in Helsinki.
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Aalto’s innovative, wedge-shaped brick from his House of Culture, Helsinki (195258) and his much-favored dark blue and white tiles, used in buildings such as the National Pensions Institute (186857), are reproduced in full scale constructions. These installations of his materials offer a first-hand, tactile experience of Aalto’s brilliant synthesis of color, material, form, and scale. They are intended to convey something of the power of his architectural work that can otherwise only be experienced by visiting an Aalto building.
The most important Finnish architect of the 20th century, ALVARAALTO (1898-1976) was a central figure in international modernism. His greatest buildings, like the 1927 Viipuri Library and 1928 Paimio Sanatorium, fused the naturalism of Finnish romanticism with modernist ideals: as did his influential furniture and glassware….