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A photo from a 60's style living room with two armchairs, tables and benches. The furniture is mainly light coloured wood.
Interior in the Diverse design – 30 years of passionate collecting exhibition. photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation

The world’s most extensive private Aalto collection now on show in a virtual exhibition

The Alvar Aalto Museum ‘s popular Diverse design – 30 years of passionate collecting exhibition from spring 2021 has now opened in a virtual version. The exhibition offers an opportunity to peek into Pertti Männistö’s unique Aalto-collection of more than a thousand objects. 

Exhibiton: Diverse design – 30 years of passionate collecting
Open around the clock until the end of 2023
Virtual exhibition
Alvar Aalto Museum

Alvar Aalto Foundation’s first virtual exhibition displays pieces of furniture, lights and glass objects, but also details of interiors designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto. The collection particularly represents the very first steps in the couple’s industrial design. Various prototypes and other rarities stand out from the ranks of furniture serially produced from standardized components.

By paying a small fee one can explore units constructed around various themes or opt to focus on individual objects. In the virtual version the original exhibition has been augmented with archive material, such as photographs and furniture drawings that illustrate the design and use history of the furniture designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto. Short video clips give us a glimpse into the collector’s experiences when building up his collection.

The exhibition also offers an opportunity to visit the sculptural exhibition space of Alvar Aalto Museum, which is currently closed for renovation.  The refurbished museum will be opened to the public in summer 2023.

Find out more about the virtual exhibition through this link (opens in a new tab).