FIX: Care and Repair

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The joint exhibition FIX: Care and Repair at the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum focuses on repair and maintenance while also exploring how the passage of time affects architecture and design.

Objects and buildings undergo constant change. They age, get dirty, and break. Maintaining and repairing things are active practices that reflect our prevailing values. What objects and things do we invest time and money in caring for? What is left outside the scope of care? 

Maintenance-related work often takes place out of sight. The FIX exhibition places everyday tasks at the center of wonder. The exhibition features selected examples from the fields of architecture and design, along with four newly commissioned contemporary art installations. In their works, contemporary artists contemplate our relationship with dirt, power, and the seemingly mundane choices we make. 

Designer Lauri Johansson’s exhibition architecture, complete with plasterboard, also alludes to an ongoing renovation. It serves as a reminder that our shared world is never finished but constantly requires maintenance. Visitors are invited to contemplate questions of repair, cleaning, and upkeep, and to participate in events woven around the exhibition.

The exhibition has been curated by a multidisciplinary team from the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum, curators Kaisa Karvinen and Jutta Tynkkynen, exhibition producer Sara Martinsen, educational curator Hanna Kapanen and Manager of Learning and Public Programmes Jemina Vainikka Lindholm. The exhibition is designed by designer Lauri Johansson. 

Read more about the exhibition’s open call and the selected artists


Alvar Aalto, Antti Aaltonen, Eero Aarnio, Arkivé Atelier, Arkkitehdit NRT, Aurubis, Harry Bertoia, Jessica Andrey Bogush, Bertolt Brecht, Rut Bryk, Alexander Calder, Dyson, Factum Foundation, iRobot, Iskas, Max Hannus, Elina Helminen, Sini Henttu, Sofia Ilmonen, Helmi Kajaste & Petra Vallila, Hilkka Koivula, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Elli Kuuva, Ville Laurinkoski, Li Li, LPR-Arkkitehdit, Aino Marsio-Aalto, Kimmo Metsäranta, Juho Minerva, Takao Momiyama, Sirkka Tellervo Muurela, Hanna Nordenswan, Minou Norouzi, Antti Nurmesniemi, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Odd Tinkering, Lasse Ollinkari, Mikko Paakkanen, Timo Penttilä, Pirkka Hacks, Rakennustietosäätiö, Rekola, Restart, Roskasakki / Kaija & Ilkka Erkkilä, Liisa Ryynänen, Sinituote, Sokeva, Nanny Still, Iiu Susiraja, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Oiva Toikka, Paavo Tynell, Vaatelaastari / FabPatch, Veerkracht Dialogue, Väinö Vähäkallio, Minttu Wikberg