Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World is the first exhibition in the United States to examine the pioneering Finnish design company Artek (founded 1935) and the principal architects, Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) and Aino Marsio-Aalto (1894–1949), together. On view at Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York City from April 22 through September 25, 2016, it features approximately 200 works – many never before exhibited – including architectural drawings, sketches for interiors and furniture, paintings, photography, furniture, glassware, lighting, and textiles.
The exhibition is curated by Bard Graduate Center Gallery Director Nina Stritzler-Levine, a recognized scholar of modern and contemporary design, and Juhani Pallasmaa, a practicing architect and leading authority on modern and contemporary architecture.
Under the editorship of Nina Stritzler-Levine, the catalogue accompanying Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World will be the first book in the English language on the topic and the most comprehensive to date, drawing its research materials from many archival sources in Finland, the United States, England, France, and Holland. Designed by renowned graphic designer Irma Boom, Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World will be published by Yale University Press in collaboration with Bard Graduate Center and the Alvar Aalto Foundation in May 2016.
Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World is organized by Bard Graduate Center Gallery in collaboration with the Alvar Aalto Museum, Helsinki.
Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World
22 April – 25 September 2016
Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
Tuesday, Friday to Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm