Exhibit 1 -

ALVAR AALTO CENTENNIAL

 

 

 

 

Installed at the Rice University Media Center/Museum, generously made available by Mrs. Dominique deMenil following her closing early a Magritte installation, for the first venue after the Cooper-Hewitt Museum/New York. The spaces and layout were "as found" from the Magritte show, and adapted to accomodate not only the travelling material from the Finnish Museum of Architecture, but also all the Aalto furniture provided by the newly-opened ICF Showroom, as well as several slideshows of both Aalto architecture (featuring 'unique' pieces) and bentwood manufacturing in a small entry room with an array of various Aalto stools in a variety of laminate colors, and an impressive "tower" at the Entrance of a free-standing display, unsupported. My colleague Antonio de Souza-Santos [an Aalto Enthusiast] designed the installation. The Curators visiting from Finland were impressed by the breadth of our show.

 

[R: Poster/Mailer for the Houston Exhibit, which I designed]

'CLICK' on images for Caption and to review in Sequence.

AALTO - The Rice Museum
AALTO - The Rice Museum

appropriating an existing space, whose aesthetic was Spartan, was 'identified' by a Poster

AALTO-Entry
AALTO-Entry

adding materials to the Exhibition organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, included furniture provided by ICF, the US representative of Artek. Alvar Aalto's 3-legged stools were stacked in an unsupported spiral

AALTO-furniture process
AALTO-furniture process

in addition, and complementary with, the panels, a room adjacent to the Entry served as an informal 'lounge'

AALTO-slide show
AALTO-slide show

a cutout 'peephole' left over from the Magritte show was covered by a scrim, with a slide show of Aalto buildings added to the Exhibit, a pair of Aalto wood screens and a variety of stools in multiple laminate tops

AALTO exhibition space 1
AALTO exhibition space 1

given the flat panels of the Exhibit, strategic examples of Aalto furniture added a 3-dimensional aspect

AALTO-Exhibition space 2
AALTO-Exhibition space 2

long view down to the architecture slideshow, with a student model added

AALTO exhibition space 3
AALTO exhibition space 3

further extension, looking in the opposite direction

AALTO-Exhibition space 4
AALTO-Exhibition space 4

every room had both Exhibit models, and complementary furniture evocative of the point-in-time in Aalto's career

AALTO  Exhibition space 5
AALTO Exhibition space 5

same strategy: panels + 3-dimensional objects, in rooms accented with furniture

AALTO  Exhibition space 6
AALTO Exhibition space 6

the ICF/Artek furniture, especially with canonical pieces as the Serving Cart, underscore the special love of Finnish wood

AALTO  Exhibition space 7
AALTO Exhibition space 7

inclusion of Aalto's master plan for Helsinki Harbor

AALTO Exhibition space 8
AALTO Exhibition space 8

the Concert Hall Section model

AALTO  Exhibition space 9
AALTO Exhibition space 9

completion of the circuitous route inherited from the Magritte Exhibit layout

AALTO-Review 1
AALTO-Review 1

Introducing a Finnish architect to a Texas audience.

AALTO-Review 2
AALTO-Review 2

Aalto compared to Frank Lloyd Wright.

AALTO-Review 3
AALTO-Review 3

Aalto compared to Louis I. Kahn

AALTO-Review 4
AALTO-Review 4

Aalto linked to Mies van der Rohe and LeCorbusier.