14 December 2023 to 26 May 2024 | Rome, ITALY.
The exhibition, ‘AALTO – Aino Alvar Elissa. The Human Dimension of Design’ is curated by architecture and research studio Space Caviar, and hosted at the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Italy. Studio Aalto was founded in Finland in 1923 during a time of rapid change as Finland was establishing itself as a free nation.
The exhibition at MAAXI features eleven of Studio Aalto’s most significant projects, completed from the 1920s to the 1980s. Additionally, five in-depth studies cover the studio’s work with glass, textiles, lighting, children’s furniture and the formation of the company Artek, unlocking the potential of mass production in the furniture industry.
The phrase ‘True architecture only exists when it is centred around human beings’ was central to the work of Alvar Aalto and his first wife architect Aino Marsio. After her passing, it remained central to his work with his second wife, architect Elissa Mäkiniemi.
Photo of Paimio Sanatorium, Finland 1929-1933, by Gustaf Welin. View of the terrace. Courtesy of The Alvar Aalto Foundation. MAXXI