Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza

The Alhambra Project
13.06.2014 – 31.08.2014

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

The Alhambra palace complex is a highly renowned monument of Moorish culture in southern Spain and is officially recognised as a world heritage site. The architect Álvaro Siza has known the palace since his childhood and repeatedly engaged with the site over the past decades. In 2010, an international jury chose Siza to create the Alhambra’s new entrance and visitor centre. The exhibition presents Siza’s designs via a selection of drawings, interviews and models, and demonstrates how he brings his own architectural language into harmony with the Alhambra and the surrounding landscape. A cooperation with the Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin.

Álvaro Siza

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

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.

 

 

Alvar Aalto