EMMA – the Espoo Modern Art Museum – will have two exhibitions in 2012 as part of its programme for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012: one on Nordic design and the other on the world-famous BMW Art Cars. In addition, Matti Suuronen’s Futuro house will be arriving at the WeeGee exhibition centre in May.
The WeeGee exhibition centre has acquired the first of the mass-produced Futuro house. Designed by Espoo architect Matti Suuronen, it was in entertainer Matti Kuusla’s ownership, in Hirvensalmi, from summer 1968 to autumn 2011. After 40 years of being exposed to the elements, it is now being carefully restored and will go on show at WeeGee in May 2012.
Among the other events being organised is a small exhibition in EMMA’s Ilme Gallery arranged in collaboration with young students from the ARKKI Architectural School. FUTURO 2012 is the result of collaboration between the WeeGee Exhibition Centre and the EMMA and KAMU museums.
Nordic Design Today
The exhibition features the work of five Nordic designers and design groups. Over the past five years all of them have won the highly prestigious design prize, the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize awarded in Gothenburg to Nordic designers and art craftsmen. The winners are Steinunn Sigurðardóttir from Iceland, Harri Koskinen from Finland, Henrik Vibskov from Denmark, and the groups Norway Says from Norway and Front from Sweden.
Harri Koskinen is to curate an exhibition from his own works. The works of the other designers, ranging from fashions and furniture to lamps and glassware, all seek to indicate the direction in which Nordic design identity is moving.
The exhibition is being organised in cooperation with Röhsska Museet, the Gothenburg design museum.
BMW Art Cars
Since 1975, BMW has been producing unique cars in the BMW Art Cars series. They have been shown at design events and art exhibitions throughout the world, including the Paris Louvre and the New York Guggenheim. The six cars in EMMA’s exhibition will come straight from the London Olympics.
Alexander Calder, 1975
The first BMW Art Car dates from 1975 when artist Alexander Calder transformed the appearance of the BMW 3.0 CSL. Calder’s BMW Art Car took part in the 1975 legendary 24-hour race at Le Mans.
Frank Stella, 1976
New York artist Frank Stella is known not only for the versatility of his media expressions, but also as a passionate motor racing fan. Stella’s BMW Coupé took part in the 1976 Le Mans race.
Andy Warhol, 1979
Andy Warhol’s name is almost synonymous with Pop Art, so for him to view a car as a moving work of art is anything but untypical. Warhol’s BMW Art Car ran in the 1979 Le Mans race.
Ken Done, 1989
Artist Ken Done’s powerful colours and distinctive brushwork reflect the landscapes and coastlines, flora and gardens of his native Australia. After becoming acquainted with the spectacular BMW Art Car Collection created by his illustrious predecessors, Done felt drawn to the challenge and honour of also changing the appearance of a BMW racing car.
Michael Jagamara Nelson, 1989
Artist Michael Jagamara Nelson hails from the Warlpiri people of Australia and was brought up in the strict traditions of their culture. His grandfather taught him the art of painting in the style of the Papunya community. The BMV given to Nelson to design was a black M3 racing model.
Sandro Chia, 1992
Artist Sandra Chia was born in Florence in 1946. As a child he daubed cars with graffiti, but in time his attitude changed: “Cars are highly desired objects in society,” Chia observes, “All eyes are glued to them. Everybody’s hooked on them. It’s this way of looking at cars that I wish to reproduce when painting them. Much like a mirror which reflects those who look at it.”
The exhibition is being organised in conjunction with BMW Finland. BMW is the main partner of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.
Other exhibitions in WeeGee museums in 2012
Three Tales of Urbanisation: Katutura, Dakar, Kashmir
The result of cooperation between Finnish designers and Namibians, Senegalese and Indians.
Champions of Recycling – Learning Centre for the Zabbaleen Community of Cairo
The 2012 exhibitions and happenings are organised by the Helinä Rautavaara Museum.
MARCO POLO – Man and Myth
KAMU, the Espoo City Museum, presents an international exhibition of historical objects and art works illustrating the world and travels of Marco Polo. Most of the works come from museums in Venice and Rome.
Stylishly in Time
The Finnish Museum of Horology’s special exhibition focuses on the form language of timepieces and how they have been influenced by stylistic changes.
Toys - the good, the bad and the funny
This special exhibition at Horseshoe, the Finnish Toy Museum, concerns the changes that have occurred in the design and manufacture of toys. It displays design toys alongside all-time children’s favourites from the 1910s onwards.