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The leading role in the Alvar Aalto Library of Vyborg exhibition at Salon Dahlmann in Berlin is played by interpretations of the Library made by two prominent Finnish artists: Ola Kolehmainen and Liisa Roberts. The exhibition is open to the public 13.6–5.9.2015.

The exhibition interweaves architecture, design, photographic art and moving images. Ola Kolehmainen, who is known for his works focussing on modern architecture, is showing Library, a photographic work, with its third part, Library 3, getting its premiere at the exhibition. The visual artist Liisa Roberts is showing her film What´s the time in Vyborg?, which centres on six young women considering their relationships with their home town.

Alongside Kolehmainen’s and Roberts’ artworks, exhibition visitors will be able to take a look at the restored Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg and its history, for instance, in photographs, original drawings and scale models. There is also a reading corner offering a plentiful array of Aalto literature on the subject.

The exhibition has been curated by Margit Emesz and Heike Tosun. Salon Dahlmann’s exhibition programme reflects its owner, Timo Miettinen’s, idea of using art to build a bridge between Finland and Germany, and to promote awareness of Finnish artists in Berlin. Salon Dahlmann has mounted the exhibition in collaboration with the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Artek.

The Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg, completed in 1935, was one of the buildings that brought Alvar Aalto a worldwide reputation. The prize-winning, multi-national restoration project has revived the Library’s original architectural value. The most recent recognition granted to this exemplary project is the prestigious Europa Nostra Award, presented 11.6.2015, in Oslo.


Exhibition open: 13.6–5.9.2015

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More information about the exhibition:
Chief Curator Katariina Pakoma
Alvar Aalto Foundation
tel. +358 400 849 315