Weekend house by Alvar Aalto for the Insulite Company of Finland. The house was on display at the Paris World Fair in 1937. Drawing from the Alvar Aalto Museum collections.
Weekend house by Alvar Aalto for the Insulite Company of Finland. The house was on display at the Paris World Fair in 1937. Drawing from the Alvar Aalto Museum collections.

Aalto’s summer paradises at the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä

Alvar Aalto’s prolific career included designs for more than 100 summer homes. A carefully curated selection of these is now on display at the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä in the delightfully sunny gallery exhibition La Dolce Vita – Summer Paradises by Alvar Aalto. The exhibition embraces the versatility of Aalto’s architecture including various versions for pre-fabricated holiday homes, competition entries as well as commissioned private villas.

A fantastic gem included in the exhibition is a film from the private collections of the Aalto family. The homely, black and white footage takes the visitor on a trip back in time to the carefree, forever sunny days at a genuine summer paradise, namely Villa Flora designed by Aino Aalto for the Aalto family in 1926.

The modest summer cottage Villa Flora is located in Alajärvi and it was designed by Aino Aalto in 1926 for her own family. Photo by Aino or Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Museum / the Aalto family.

The modest summer cottage Villa Flora is located in Alajärvi and it was designed by Aino Aalto for her own family in 1926. Photo by Aino or Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Museum / the Aalto family.

Scale model of Villa Flora. La dolce vita – Summer paradises by Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Museum. Photo: AV / Archinfo.

Scale model of Villa Flora. La Dolce Vita – Summer Paradises by Alvar Aalto at the Alvar Aalto Museum. Photo: AV / Archinfo.

La dolce vita – Summer paradises by Alvar Aalto from 22 May to 13 September, 2015 at the Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä.
More information about the exhibition: aaltopress.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/aaltos-summer-paradises-will-fascinate-visitors-to-the-museums-new-exhibition.

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The smartly chosen yellow colour accentuates the elegant exhibition architecture designed by Jonas Hakaniemi. Photo: AV / Archinfo.