From the Architect's Pen – Sketches and Drawings by Eric Adlercreutz
13.6.2019–8.9.2019, small exhibition hall
Produced by the Pro Artibus Foundation, From the Architect’s Pen presents the rich and varied career of Eric Adlercreutz, vividly illustrating how drawing plays a big role in the work of an architect. The exhibition invites visitors to share the joy of drawing and discover its ability to transport the artist to magical planes of reality.
The featured exhibits include drawings of Finnish towns, sketches from Adlercreutz’s travels in Italy, and numerous competition proposals complete with perspective drawings. Adlercreutz took a special interest in how buildings engage in a dialogue with the site they occupy. He was a master of the architectural drawing type known as the capriccio, meaning ‘sudden whim’ or ‘caprice’, which evinces how drawing is a tool of thought fusing real-life perceptions with elements of fantasy. The feel for space that is unique to architecture also finds evocative expression in Adlercreutz’s abstract acrylic paintings and drawings in coloured pencil. The exhibition’s curator is Juha-Heikki Tihinen, PhD.
Alvar Aalto’s Refined Landscapes
26.9.2019–6.1.2020, large and small exhibition hall
The MFA’s main autumn exhibition connects Alvar Aalto’s architecture with the surrounding landscape. It presents a selection of landscapes that inspired Aalto, yielding insights into how he incorporated the scenery as part of his architectural designs. Aalto gradually developed his own unique vocabulary of design by combining various ideas about space and landscapes. He studied Nordic gardens and the natural scenery of central Finland, yet he was equally enchanted by Mediterranean architectural heritage, Japanese spatial philosophy, and the gardens of Islamic countries. He felt that architecture should be like a final touch added to an otherwise finished picture. Although he seldom had the chance to achieve his ideal due to practical constraints, his ideal of the “refined landscape” finds expression in projects such as the main building of the University of Technology, which fluidly blends Finnish clay and granite with the tree-lined avenue already existing on the site. The exhibition is a co-production between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Alvar Aalto Foundation. The exhibition concept is by Professor Emeritus Tom Simons and is scripted by curator Teija Isohauta.