On Friday, April 9 at 7 PM ET, Scandinavian House will present a film talk with director Virpi Suutari & moderator Peter Reed (former Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, MoMA) on Aalto, screening to virtual audiences throughout the U.S. from April 9-15.
Aalto (2020, Finland) is a documentary and love story of Finnish modern architecture/design masters Alvar and Aino Aalto, a couple who shared their lives and great passion for the organic human-scale architecture. Together they worked to create a better and a more democratic modern world; in their philosophy, the “little human” was always in the center. The film shares for the first time Alvar and Aino’s intimate love story, highlighting Aino’s importance as an equal architect colleague and visionary designer, and takes us on a cinematic tour of their creative processes and iconic buildings, including a library in Russia, a student dormitory at MIT, an art collector’s private house near Paris, and a pavilion in Venice.
With Peter Reed, director Virpi Suutari will discuss the making of the film, which combines contemporary film material and rare unforeseen archives to dive into the colorful history of modernism, as well as the lives and works of Alvar and Aino.
The video will premiere at 7 PM ET on April 9 to launch the week of screenings, and will be accessible on this page via YouTube at the link below and Facebook. The film talk will be available to stream here through April 15.
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About Virpi Suutari
Virpi Suutari is an awarded filmmaker known for her personal cinematic style and emotional narratives. Her films have been shown all over the world. The Idle Ones (2002) was nominated for the Best European Documentary (EFA) and she has received several awards as the Best Nordic Documentary. Her latest film, Entrepreneur, was in the Masters selection at IDFA 2018. Virpi has received the national Jussi Award (the Finnish Oscars) three times.
She is working with the top film professionals, among them editor Jussi Rautaniemi, who has edited internationally acclaimed films such as The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Un Certain Regard prizewinner, Cannes 2016).
About Peter Reed
Peter Reed is the former Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at The Museum of Modern Art. In 1998, he organized MoMA’s exhibition and accompanying publication on the Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto: Between Humanism and Materialism.
Before joining MoMA in 1992, Reed taught art history at the University of Pennsylvania and was the Director of Research for Penn’s Architectural Archives. Reed holds a B.A. degree in art history from Lake Forest College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.