Exhibition “Alvar Aalto” at Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

Exhibition “Alvar Aalto” at Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

In France Alvar Aalto is also known for the Louis Carré Villa, located in Yvelines. This white, minimalist structure could lead one to think that Aalto (1898-1976) was the Finnish Mallet-Stevens.

That would be too hasty a conclusion. One cannot make a mockery of the work of this prodigiously productive architect. Rather see for yourself; throughout his career he built villas, town halls, churches, libraries, universities, offices, administrative buildings, a sanatorium, an opera… And that’s not all! He had more than one string to his bow, he was also a designer and designed furniture as well as lamps. And amidst all this one wonders whether this demiurge ever rested on the seventh day.


Nicknamed “Wizard of the north” by the great critic Sigfried Giedion, Aalto is entitled to his own first Paris retrospective in thirty years. More than hundred models, drawings, photos are on display. As many ideas for our homes and our dream holiday homes


Till 1st July
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
1, place du Trocadéro
75116 Paris


Armin Linke, Villa Mairea ©Armin Linke, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2014