Study and Documentation Centre Norbertov
15. 2. 2018 – 1. 4. 2018
The exhibition Brno and Suomi, curated by Jindřich Chatrný, architectural historian and head of the architectural-history department of the Museum of the City of Brno, presents through several concrete examples the mutual relationships between artistic personalities of Moravia’s metropolis and Finnish figures of artistic, cultural and social life. The Brno architect, journalist and cultural organiser František Kalivoda forged contacts during the interwar years – when Brno ranked among the most progressive cities in Czechoslovakia – with figures like Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, Nils-Gustav Hahl et al. Moreover, Brno was where a striking number of exceptional Modernist buildings were constructed, crowned by one of the great icons of world architecture - Villa Tugendhat by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The history and restoration of this key achievement of Modernist architecture was presented to the wider public in the successful previous exhibition.
The exhibition ‘Brno and Suomi’ is another instalment in the exhibition cycle of the Study and Documentation Centre for modern architectural heritage. Through it, we would like to recall the exceptional quality and significance of Brno’s Modernist architectural scene. One particularly special component of the exhibition is a small display of original items of furniture designed by Alvar Aalto in cooperation with Otta Korhonen and realised by the company Artek.