Alvar Aalto: between humanism and materialism

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Of the indisputably great figures in 20th-century architecture, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976)is in many ways the most humane, the least rigid, the most relevant to our contemporary sensibility and the emerging future. This sumptuous book offers a thorough study of an innovative and prolific master, whom Frank Lloyd Wright termed a genius.

Published to accompany a retrospective exhibition that opens at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, on February 19, 1998, this fresh, penetrating examination of Aalto's work and influence includes essays by five notable critics and historians. Some 50 of Aalto's projects -- houses, town halls, cultural institutions, factories, furniture and glass designs, and regional plans -- from all periods of his extraordinarily productive career are illustrated and described, using much previously unpublished and newly photographed material.

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Foreword Glenn D Lowry 9 Preface Kristian Gullichsen
Appreciation MarjaRiitta Norri
Introduction Terence Riley 15 Acknowledgments Peter Reed

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About the author (1998)

Born in 1898 in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto opened The Alvar Aalto Office for Archetecture and Monumental Art in 1923. In 1932, his Turun Sanomat Building was included in The Museum of Modern Art, New York's first architecture show; 1938 saw the museum honor him with a solo exhibition. Throughout his life he won countless awards and competitions, and designed dozens of signature, highly admired structures. Aalto died in 1976 in Helsinki.

Reed is associate curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art.

Kenneth Frampton is the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

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