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ON IN LONDON: Alvar Aalto through the eyes of Shigeru Ban
Posted By Adele Chong On March 20, 2007 @ 6:26 pm In Architecture,Art,Green Design Events,New York City | No Comments
If you happen to be in London, you should hightail it over to the Barbican Art Gallery  where one of the most talked about architectural shows in the city, Alvar Aalto Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban , is being showcased from now until mid-May. Beautifully curated by world-renowned Japanese architect Ban , the exhibition traces the life and work of legendary architect Alvar Aalto  whose modernist designs made him a national treasure in his native Finland and put him on par with the likes of Le Corbusier  and Mies Van der Rohe .
Image by Heikki Havas, courtesy of the Barbican Art Gallery
The exhibition primarily features Aalto’s  drawings, plans, photographs and design prototypes which are additionally enhanced by the subtlety of Ban’s  own signature aesthetic – rows of paper tubes structured as room-partitions. Some additional highlights include a small-scale model of Aalto’s  Finnish pavilion during the New York World’s Fair of 1935 – 36, in which undulating walls were constructed to evoke the northern lights of the architect’s beloved homeland.
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 Barbican Art Gallery: http://www.barbican.org.uk
 Ban: http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/
 Alvar Aalto: http://www.alvaraalto.fi/indexe.htm
 Le Corbusier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Corbusier
 Mies Van der Rohe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Mies_van_der_Rohe
 Japan: http://www.trycards.com/calling-cards/Japan
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