HOW FINLAND WAS MODERNIZED – A STORY TOLD IN 200 DRAWINGS
(1.3.2017 - 3.9.2017)



Modern life began with the rapid spread of the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century. After declaring independence in 1917, Finland embraced the birth of this new era by eagerly projecting an image of itself as a thriving, modern nation – an endeavour in which Finnish architects played a prominent role.
 
How Finland was Modernized outlines the various social, economic and technological changes that have influenced Finnish architecture up to the present day. The story is told through six themes, each highlighting a different perspective on Finnish history: motorization, recreation, trade and commerce, industry, wellness and services.
 
The exhibition shares an unusual angle on Finnish history by charting Finland’s evolution into a modern nation through a selection of original architectural drawings. These exquisitely drawn artworks offer insights into a major watershed in Finnish architecture through which the story of modern Finland unfolds era by era. The exhibition features also an unprecedentedly large selection of works from the museum’s own collections, thus forming a mark of appreciation to all the kind individuals and organizations that have donated architectural drawings to the Museum of Finnish Architecture
 
How Finland was Modernized forms part of Finland’s official centenary programme for 2017. It is thematically linked to the Modern Life! exhibition at Helsinki Art Museum (HAM).
 
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Adopt a drawing and support the museum’s collections!


 
The Museum of Finnish Architecture is the custodian of nearly half a million drawings, an unprecedentedly large selection of which is featured in How Finland was Modernized. This treasure trove of architectural history is now open to the public in a wholly new way with the museum offering anyone the chance to adopt their own architectural drawing. By adopting a drawing, you receive a certificate and a copy of the drawing to hang in your home or office. Depending on the size of the drawing, the cost is from €400 to €700, and the proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the drawing collection.
 
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Programme


 
The accompanying programme will introduce the public to the secrets of architectural drawings. The museum’s resident conservator will give demonstrations showing visitors the intricacies of museum conservation, and our experts will offers insights into ‘reading’ and interpreting architectural drawings in a series of special lectures. The programme also includes visits to archives and sites outside the museum.
 
Most of the programme is in Finnish.
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Wednesday 8.3.2017 at 6 pm
BEHIND THE SCENES: Conservator at her work I / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Museum of Finnish Architecture
 
In this unique show, the public gets a glance behind the scenes of the archives! By working, the museum’s conservator Paula Alavuo illustrates how architectural drawings are preserved.
Price: 10/5/0€
Duration: 1–1,5 hours
 
 
Wednesday 15.3.2017 at 6 pm
From the Archives: the dream and the reality / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Arkkitehtuurimuseo
 
How Finland Was Modernized exhibits the museum's collections in an exceptional scale. The archives course, organized at the museum, widens perspectives on these treasures.
The course starts with a lecture by Antti Aaltonen from the museum's drawing collection. For most people architecture is the reality that they see every day, but sometimes the drawings remain only as architects' dreams on paper. How is this phenomenon reflected in the museum's collections?
Price: 10/5/0€
 
 
Wednesday 29.3.2017 at 5:30 pm
Thematic guided tour: Hotels / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Museum of Finnish Architecture
In this guided tour, Curator of the exhibition How Finland Was Modernized, Elina Standertskjöld focuses on the theme of hotels.
 
Price: 10/5/0€
 
 
Wednesday 29.3.2017 at 6 pm
New Discoveries in Architecture: Case engineer Alexander Yevsigneyeff / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Museum of Finnish Architecture
During his lecture, Researcher Timo Keinänen discusses the Russian engineer and architect Alexander Yevsifneyeff and his work in Finland.
 
Price: 10/5/0€
 
 
Wednesday 5.4.2017 at 4pm
Visit to the Archives – The National Archives of Finland: The Historic Intendant Office / HELD IN FINNISH
@ The National Archives of Finland Rauhankatu 17, Helsinki
 
During the visit, the drawings and designs of the Intendant Office by Engel will be preseted.
Guide: Development Manager Tomi Ahoranta
 
The visit is free.
If you wish to attend, please send a message to the address hanna.ruokomaki@mfa.fi by Sunday 2.4.2017.
 
 
Wednesday 12.4.2017 at 4 pm
Visit to the Archives – National Board of Antiques: The Collections of Åkerfeldt & the City of Engel / HELD IN FINNISH
@ ational Board of Antiques, Sturenkatu 2a, Helsinki
 
Researcher Jarkko Sinisalo presents the famous collectionc of Åkerfeldt, including drawings by Engel and Lohrmann.
 
The visit is free.
If you wish to attend, please send a message to the address hanna.ruokomaki@mfa.fi by Sunday 9.4.2017.
 
 
Wednesday 19.4.2017 at 4 pm
Visit to the Archives – Finnish National Gallery: Artist Collections / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Finnish National Gallery, Kaivokatu 2c, Helsinki
 
The last archive visit in the Finnish National Gallery presents collections of letters, photograps and news clips by Finnish artists from the 19th century up to this day.
Guide: Intendent Hanna-Leena Paloposki
 
The visit is free.
If you wish to attend, please send a message to the address hanna.ruokomaki@mfa.fi by Sunday 16.4.2017.
 
 
Wednesday 26.4.2017 at 6 pm
From the Archives: How to read architecture through drawings. Nordea collection / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Museum of Finnish Architecture
 
More info to come.
The lecture is given by the museum's Head of Archives Elina Standertskjöld.
 
 
Wednesday 3.5.2017 at 6pm
From the Archives: The procedural nature of architecture through different collections: competition, architecture photography / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Museum of Finnish Architecture
 
More info to come.
The lecture is given by the museum's Image Assistant Anna Autio.
 
 
Wednesday 10.5.2017 at 5:30 pm
Thematic guided tour: Places of commerce / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Museum of Finnish Architecture
 
In this guided tour, the museum's Head of Research Juhana Lahti focuses on the theme of commerce.
 
Price: 10/5/0€
 
 
Wednesday 10.5.2017 at 6 pm
BEHIND THE SCENES: Conservator at her work II / HELD IN FINNISH
@ Museum of Finnish Architecture
 
More info to come.
The work who is held by conservator Paula Alavuo.


KAJ & DAG ENGLUND: Competition proposal for the Alko (Finnish alcohol monopoly) factory and central warehouse, Salmisaari, Helsinki, 1935–1936. / MFA original archive
HILDING EKELUND: Bio Capitol cinema, 16 Mannerheimintie Street, Helsinki 1926. / MFA original archive
THEODOR HÖIJER: Kämp Hotel, 29 North Esplanade, Helsinki 1886. / MFA original archive
SIGURD FROSTERUS: Stockmann Department Store, plan, 52 Aleksanterinkatu Street, Helsinki 1919. / MFA original archive