Introduction to ENCOUNTERS WITH AALTO at Jackson Design in Berlin. Ola Kolehmainen and Paul Jackson in collaboration with Artek. On view March 14 - April 26, 2014.
Jacksons is pleased to announce the new Spring 2014 exhibition, which celebrates the living legacy of Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto. As a “Human Modernist”, Aalto’s work began in the 1920s by invigorating European modernism with a humanistic touch rooted in nature, architecture, and the human being.
In the exhibition, three different historical layers merge to elaborate on Aalto’s principles concerning transparency, translucence, and reflection. The first is a rare selection of original Aalto furniture from Jackson’s extensive vintage Scandinavian collection. These early pieces, which include some of his most emotive uses of bent wood, exude a sculptural simplicity that reveal their character and charm after having “lived” through the decades.
Accenting the Jacksons pieces are several series of new Pendant Lamps A110, designed in 1952 and still produced by Artek—the company Aalto had founded in 1935. Also known as the “Hand Grenade”, this iconic lamp was originally designed for the building of the Finnish Engineers’ Association. Today, Artek is renowned for its innovative contributions to modern design by building on the heritage of Aalto.
The third layer consists of three large-scale abstract photographic works by contemporary artist Ola Kolehmainen. Kolehmainen uses architecture as the starting point in his work, in which he approaches architecture with historical narratives to examine space, color, light, and volume. Two of the works–Library 2 and Villa 1–activate the Alvar Aalto archives by abstracting original material. This is the first time Kolehmainen uses archives as a source in his work.
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