The concept development for a new museum of architecture and design in Finland advances. This year’s Finnish Architecture Day, celebrated annually on Alvar Aalto’s birthday on 3 February, opens new perspectives to the museum discussion by presenting international examples.
Scotland’s new design museum V&A Dundee, designed by the renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, opened to the public in September 2018. The building, resulting from an international architecture competition held in 2010, has received appraise both from the media and users – Wallpaper*selected V&A Dundee as the best public building of 2018. Architecture Day participants will hear first-hand experiences about Scotland’s new museum from Director Philip Long, V&A Dundee.
Museum of Estonian Architecture’s Director Triin Ojari will disclose news from across the Gulf of Finland where, following a recent decision, the museums of architecture and design will also be merged. Reetta Heiskanen, Acting Director of Museum of Finnish Architecture and Jukka Savolainen, Director of Design Museum, will take part in the discussion held in English and moderated by Hanna Harris of Archinfo Finland.
The ‘New Museums’ session is followed by a film screening which focuses deeper into one of the main functions of architecture museums, the archives. The Proposal (2018) tells a story about the legacy of the Mexican architect Luis Barragán and the American artist Jill Magid striving to get access to the archives. The film is presented in the programme of DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival.
The film is followed by a discussion in Finnish on Barragán’s architecture and the preservation of architectural treasures. Architect Jouni Kaipia, Director Tommi Lindh of Alvar Aalto Foundation and Head of Archives Elina Standertskjöld of the Museum of Finnish Architecture will take part in the discussion moderated by Archinfo Finland’s Miina Jutila.
Architecture Day on 3 February 2019
Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
Session 1: New Museums
12.00 Programme starts
13.45 Coffee and cake to celebrate Alvar Aalto’s birthday
Session: Architect’s legacy
14.30 The Proposal documentary film, duration 83 min
16.30 Programme ends
Participation in the New Museums -session is free of charge, registration here by 30 January. EDIT: The New Museums session is full. Standby seats may be enquired via email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be streamed on Facebook.
Tickets for the film screening are sold at DocPoint webstore. The film is in English.
Kiasma museum offers free entry for registered Architecture Day attendees on Sunday 3 from 10 am to 5 pm. See the current exhibitions. Tickets by name from the ticket sales desk.
Architecture Day is held annually on 3 February, Alvar Aalto’s birthday. The event is organised by Archinfo Finland, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Alvar Aalto Foundation and Finnish Association of Architects SAFA. We would like to thank the 2019 partners: DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Kiasma, Design Museum and Friends of Design Museum and Museum of Finnish Architecture DAMY.
Philip Long has been in charge of the V&A Dundee since 2011. His appointment as director came when the museum was still in the early planning stages. Born in Edinburgh, Long initially trained as an artist and designer. As an acknowledged expert in Scottish art and design, Long has organised numerous exhibitions and written highly praised publications and articles, including on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, as well as on numerous contemporary artists and designers. Prior to joining the V&A, he was Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. In 2007 Long was invited to curate Scotland’s national representation at the Venice Art Biennale and in 2016 and 2018 he was part of the selection panel for the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
V&A Dundee is an international centre for design housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee’s waterfront in Scotland. It was designed by award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, following an international competition, and is Kuma’s first building in the UK. Kuma’s vision for V&A Dundee was that it will be a welcoming space for everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise in – a ‘living room for the city’. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space. It celebrates Scotland’s historic importance in design and hosts major exhibitions of international design. The target is to inspire and promote contemporary talent, help people understand their own and others’ cultural heritage and encourage design innovation for the future.
Triin Ojari is art historian and critic, and since 2014 Director of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. Her research subjects have included 20th century modern architecture, housing and urban planning of the Soviet period, contemporary architecture and architectural criticism. In 2001–13 Ojari was Editor-in-Chief of the Estonian architectural review MAJA. Author of the books 21st Century House: New Estonian Residential Architecture (2007) and Positions. Articles on Architecture 1992–2011 (2012).
The Museum of Estonian Architecture was founded on January 1, 1991 – at a time of political anxiety that lasted for a little over six months more, until the restoration of Estonian independence. Since 1996 its permanent home has been the historical building of the Rotermann Salt Storage – one of Tallinn’s most outstanding examples of industrial architecture. The Museum of Estonian Architecture focuses on collecting, researching, and displaying 20th-century and contemporary architecture. The Museum possesses a very good archive of drawings and design projects from the 1920s–30s as well as from the Soviet period, and also a photo archive and a constantly-expanding collection of models.