Architecture of Independence

Architecture of Independence

African Modernism
20.02.2015 – 31.05.2015

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

When many countries in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence in the 1960s, experimental and futuristic architecture became a principal means by which the young nations expressed their national identities. The exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery is one of the first presentations of this remarkable period of our more recent architectural history. This exhibition was researched and curated by architect and author Manuel Herz, with a substantial contribution by photographer Iwan Baan. The exhibition documents more than 50 buildings in countries such as Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Ghana and Senegal, which mirror the forward-looking spirit that was dominant in these countries at the time. More

Architecture of Independence

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

Second Nature
27.09.2014 – 01.03.2015

Vitra Design Museum

The architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was one of the most important proponents of organic design in the twentieth century. His architecture continues to captivate with its natural materials and sculptural, curved forms. For the Paimio Sanatorium, Aalto designed the first wooden cantilevered chair in 1932 while his Savoy Vase (1936) remains a quintessential symbol of Finnish design. The exhibition provides comprehensive insights into Aalto’s oeuvre, presenting his most significant buildings, furniture and lighting designs and exploring the inspirations that shaped his work. Key themes are Aalto’s dialogue with important artists such as Hans Arp, Alexander Calder and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, his extensive international collaborations and activities, his investigations of rational architecture as well as his constant concern for the human factor in design. More

 

 

Alvar Aalto