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Alvar Aalto――Second Nature
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About the Exhibition

This exhibition introducing the creative world and sense of design of Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), a leading Finnish architect of the twentieth century, is an exhibition of Vitra Design Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum, touring the world. Regarding nature his ultimate model, Aalto incorporated nature into his materials and forms, creating architecture that coexists with nature. Meanwhile, his furniture and glassware characterized by curved lines that pleasantly stimulate our sensations are still highly popular today. This exhibition also explores a close dialogue with the artists of his time, such as Jean Arp and Fernand Léger, whose works are juxtaposed with Aalto’s design and it illustrates his significance in the international art and architecture in the twentieth century. Introduced here are about 300 works, vintage products, and reference materials.


HAYAMA, Galleries 2 and 3
September 15 ‒ November 25, 2018
Mondays (except for September 17, September 24, and October 8)
Opening hours
9:30‒17:00 (Last admission at 16:30)
Adults: 1200 yen (1100 yen) Under 20 or Students: 1050 yen (950 yen) 65 and over: 600 yen High School Students: 100 yen Junior High School Students and under 16: Free *Prices in ( ) indicate group (over 19 persons) discount tickets. *Tickets of the exhibition "Alvar Aalto ― Second Nature" also entitles to entry "From Museum Collection: Buildings in Pictures" on the day of purchase. *A person with disabilities and one accompanying caretaker are admitted free of charge upon presenting Disabled Person's Handbook or an equivalent governmentissued identification. *"Family Communication Day" offers a discount for all group (under 65) accompanying children under 18 on the first Sunday of every month. * Free admission day - November 3 (Cultural Day / Japanese National Holiday)
Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, The Yomiuri Shimbun, and The Japan Association of Art Museums
With the sponsorship by Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Nippon Television Network Corporation, and inter office ltd.
With the cooperation of Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo AG, and Fiskars Japan Co., Ltd.
Supported by Embassy of Finland
An Exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum
Vitra Design MuseumALVAR AALTO MUSEO
Main partners
Global sponsor
Main sponsor of the Japanese tour


  • Living Room, Maison Louis Carre, Bazoches-sur -Guyonne, France, Alvar Aalto, 1956-1959 ©Alvar Aalto Museum photo: Heikki Havas

  • Viipuri (Vyborg) City Library, Vyborg, Karelia (today Russia), Alvar Aalto, 1927-1935 ©Alvar Aalto Museum photo: Gustaf Welin

  • Aalto in his studio, 1945 ©Alvar Aalto Museum photo: Eino Makinen

  • Finnish pavilion, World’s Fair, New York, 1939 ©Alvar Aalto Museum, Esto Photographics photo: Ezra Stoller/ Esto Photographics Inc.

  • Pendant Lamp A331, “Beehive,” Alvar Aalto, 1953 ©Vitra Design Museum photo: Andreas Jung

  • Savoy Vase, Alvar Aalto, 1936 ©Vitra Design Museum, Alexander von Vegesack

  • Stool 60, Alvar Aalto, 1933 ©Vitra Design Museum photo: Jurgen Hans

  • Tea Trolley No 900, Alvar Aalto, 1937 ©Vitra Design Museum photo: Jurgen Hans

Related Events

The conditions of the planned events can be changed.
  • Director's Talk

    Tsutomu Mizusawa, director of The Museum of Modern Art, will talk about the exhibitions "Alvar Aalto - Second Nature“ and "From Museum Collection: Buildings in Pictures."
    Place Galleries 1-3
    Date Saturday, September 15
    Time 14:00–15:00
    * No bookings needed * Free of charge with exhibition ticket * Available only in Japanese
  • Curator's Talk

    Curator will talk about the exhibition in the gallery.
    Place Galleries 2 and 3
    Date Saturday, September 29 / Saturday, October 13 / Saturday, October 27
    Time 14:30–15:00
    * No bookings needed * Free of charge with exhibition ticket * Available only in Japanese