Alvar Aalto Museum and Jyväskylä Art Museum celebrate their joint history this summer with “Räppänä – the Vent” exhibition, 3.6–18.9.2016. This 50th anniversary show will span both museums with the handiwork of two Jyväskylä brothers: visual artist Jussi Heikkilä and interior architect Simo Heikkilä.
Jussi and Simo Heikkilä each represents Finland’s front rank in his own field. The connection between their makers creates a fascinating link between the exhibition’s visual art and design. The Heikkiläs emphasize ecology and the need for craft. Their works often also address similar themes, such as sauna – a bridge between the Finnish soul and the Finnish landscape.
The exhibition spread across the two museums consists of furniture, lamps, photographs, artworks, installations, videos and interviews, with retrospective material and new works by both Heikkiläs.
This summer event is a milestone in the long joint history of the Alvar Aalto Museum and Jyväskylä Art Museum, which goes back fifty years to the founding of the Alvar Aalto Museum’s visual-art department. The visual-art department became an independent unit in 1998, under the name ‘Jyväskylä Art Museum’.
Exhibition workgroup: Jussi and Simo Heikkilä, exhibition curator Teija Isohauta, Director, Alvar Aalto Foundation Tommi Lindh, Director, Jyväskylä Art Museum Päivimarjut Raippalinna, Chief Curator, Alvar Aalto Museum Katariina Pakoma, Curator, Alvar Aalto Museum Mari Murtoniemi and Curator, Jyväskylä Art Museum Leena Lokka.
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V E N T
June 6–September 18, 2016
Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery
Alvar Aallon katu 7, Jyväskylä, Finland
Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 am–6 pm
Jyväskylä Art Museum
Kauppakatu 23, Jyväskylä, Finland
Open Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm
Mari Murtoniemi, Curator, Alvar Aalto Foundation, mari.murtoniemi (at) alvaraalto.fi,
tel. +358 (0)40 355 9162