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Alvar Aalto

16 October to 8 December 2007

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Architecture cannot save the world but it can set a good example, so said Alvar Aalto.

Guided by his philosophy of architecture’s “ulterior motive” in creating buildings as symbols of “the idea of creating paradise” for ordinary mortals, Aalto conceived designs for almost 100 one- family houses during his 55 year career as an architect from 1921 to 1976. More than half of these were realised. Yet, as much as he has achieved recognition within and beyond his home country, Finland, this aspect of his work receives little attention.

The exhibition then highlights 16 one-family houses from Terho Manner (1923) via the more renowned Villa Mairea (1939) and Muuratsalo Experimental House (1954) to Villa Skeppet from the early 1970s. Through these houses, Aalto’s architectural trajectory and its developments can be traced.

NUS Museum partners with the Department of Architecture at NUS to facilitate interpretation and analysis of Aalto’s practice by first-year students, in dialogue with other masters of modern architecture. Selected presentations will be featured in the exhibition.

The exhibition is also held in conjunction with this year’s Singapore Design Festival and is "copresented" by NUS Museum, the Embassy of Finland and the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Click here to check out the exhibition programme.

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