architecture

In Brief

Among the branches of Finnish visual culture, architecture is internationally the most well known. Alvar Aalto and Eliel and Eero Saarinen are familiar names also in the United States and in North America at large. The biggest exhibition the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York has yet produced has been Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future. The broadest retrospective exhibition on Saarinen this far was co-produced with the National Building Museum and the Finnish Museum of Architecture, in collaboration with Yale School of architecture. The show was also accompanied by a more than 400 page research publication.

The Institute also promotes contemporary Finnish architecture. The architects participate in the Institute's residency program, and the Institute organizes lectures and discussions on architecture, presenting both established and emerging architects–and the distinctively Finnish practice: fairly young architects being able to design notable commissions, and even start up their own offices.

The latest, ongoing project in architecture, coordinated by the Institute is Newly Drawn, a combination of en exhibition, video presentations and lectures of young Finnish architects representing nine offices. Newly Drawn was exhibited in St. Louis 2011, and in New York 2012.

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