Design Museum permanent Collection Exhibition “Finnish Form” tells the story of Finnish design from the late 19th century to today. The exhibition highlights the most important periods and styles of Finnish Design and showcases the biggest names of Finnish design all the way from Akseli Gallen-Gallela and Alvar Aalto to Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva. The exhibition also looks to the different aspects of design from craft to fashion and from furniture design to industrial design.
Leena Luostarinen: Tiger Drawer 12 January – 3 March
Sphinxes, ibises, lotuses – and feline beasts, of course. Leena Luostarinen’s long-awaited retrospective exhibition includes classic pieces as well as surprises from the artist’s career spanning 40 years.
Leena Luostarinen’s powerful and colourful paintings have touched and even shocked Finnish art audiences for decades. Produced by the Finnish Art Society, this major retrospective in Kunsthalle Helsinki presents nearly sixty works, showcasing Luostarinen’s unique character as a painter, both wild and gentle at the same time.
The exhibition showcases the scope of Luostarinen’s career from the breakthrough works of the 1970s to the most recent paintings. In addition to the master of monumental cat pieces, the exhibition also features a more intimate and subtler side of Luostarinen: sensitive watercolours and lyrical paintings that effectively counter-balance the idea of Luostarinen as an explosive expressionist. The show also includes sketchbooks that offer a glimpse into the artist’s creative process.
Gallery Bulevardi 7 and Design & Art Management Finland have made an agreement on the distributorship of Modern Historic 1900 – Collection.
Modern Historic 1900 – Collection and the accompanying book “Furniture of the Finnish masters – stories, tales and atmospheres” illustrating the collection, originate in similar passion and willpower to what is behind the greatest achievements in design.
Both the collection and the book came into being by the efforts of Mr Antti J. Kallio and they represent a collection of Finnish furniture with background tales that differ from most usually told. “I have always had an almost childlike belief in the idea that the creative drive of people engaged mainly in the field of art can also manifest itself in something beyond their first love – why not in designing furniture?”, says Mr Kallio.
Modern Historic 1900 – Collection includes furniture that has never been produced previously. Now these numbered pieces of furniture produced to order will be for sale in the heart of Helsinki – the Boulevard.
The selected designers of the collection are masters with great reputation: Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Jean Sibelius, Aulis Bolmstedt, Oiva Kallio, Kimmo Kaivanto, Timo Sarpaneva, Kimmo Pyykkö, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Eero Aarnio and Björn Weckström.
“We are very proud to be able to present the unique pieces of furniture designed by our national masters. This furniture adds significantly to the concept of Finnish Design. We are convinced that we will attract buyers and collectors also from abroad and thus export will have our special focus”, says the owner of Gallery Bulevardi 7, Mr Jarmo Haapalainen. He continues: “We are now able to offer high-end furniture to our quality-conscious customers who treasure the history of Finnish design and we believe that these extraordinary pieces will become design icons to Finland’s already internationally recognized reputation in design”.
The opening will be on 17 January, 2013 at 18 in Gallery Bulevardi 7.
Photo: Kimmo Levonen
Bringing French neo-realism to Finland in the 1960’s, Kajander can be considered Finland’s pioneer of ready-made art. His works acknowledge art history, offer social commentary, and crystallize life’s diminutive moments and insights. His objects are imbued with new stories and meanings even when arranged in a conflicting manner. Strongly present in many works is the city of Paris, where the artist’s old palette splashed a persisting influence upon the Académie de la Grande Chaumièren croquis from 1962 onwards. Kajander’s renderings of the living model are immersed in references and the traditions of centuries of art history.
The Ball Chair 50th Anniversary!
Eero Aarnio designed the Ball Chair on January 11th 1963.
The Ball Chair – or Globe Chair 1963, as it’s called sometimes – was designed by using one of the most simple geometric forms – the ball. Cutting of a part and fixing it at one point Eero Aarnio comes to a remarkable result – a completely unconventional shaped chair. 1966 the Ball Chair was presented at the international furniture fair in Cologne. It was the sensation of the fair, the international breakthrough for Eero Aarnio and the start for a whole line of fibreglass designs by Aarnio.