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The international touring exhibition offers a broad general overview and a new perspective on the life and work in architecture and design of Alvar Aalto, who was known as a cosmopolitan.

It brings out the factors underlying Aalto’s design work and reflects the development of his production in close interaction with his visual-artist contemporaries, such as Lászlo Moholy-NagyJean ArpAlexander Calder and Fernand Léger. The architect’s buildings inspired by art and nature skilfully combine different building masses and materials, the choreography of natural light and electric light, and the human scale of the spaces.

The sites chosen for the exhibition represent the best of Aalto’s prolific career and will display scale models, original architectural drawings, furniture, light fittings and glass designs, including some from the collection of the Alvar Aalto Museum.

The exhibition is being produced in co-operation with the Vitra Design Museum, Alvar Aalto Foundation and Cité de l´architecture et du patrimoine.


Event info

9.3. – 1.7.2018
Cité de l´architecture et du patrimoine Paris, France