STILL / LIFE – TAPIO WIRKKALA RETROSPECTIVE

STILL / LIFE – TAPIO WIRKKALA RETROSPECTIVEImage courtesy of Emma Museum

Still/Life – Tapio Wikkala Retrospective
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
THE WEEGEE EXHIBITION CENTRE – Tapiola, Finland
17 November 2017 – 22 April 2018

STILL / LIFE – Tapio Wirkkala Retrospective is the first changing exhibition in Aukio, the space for alternating exhibitions, dedicated to Rut Bryk’s and Tapio Wirkkala’s life’s work and design.

STILL / LIFE – Tapio Wirkkala Retrospective is based on an exhibition concept composed by designer Harri Koskinen, presenting Tapio Wirkkala’s life and work through the eyes of a colleague and contemporary designer. The majority of the exhibition is from EMMA’s Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala collection. It also includes loans from other museums, producers and private persons. The exhibition has been curated by Harri Koskinen and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation. The structures and visual look of the exhibition are designed by Harri Koskinen.

 

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There are two parts to the exhibition. LIFE presents Wirkkala’s work and life, working processes, travels and backgrounds behind his creative work. The section covers several of Wirkkala’s important personal items. STILL highlights Wirkkala’s role as a sculptor whose hands shaped materials ranging from glass to plywood. It includes industrial works, unique art objects and prototypes, sketches and archive material. The exhibition covers about four hundred items in total.
STILL / LIFE is the main exhibition of the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation’s 2015-2016 year of celebration. Before EMMA, the exhibition was seen at Rovaniemi Art Museum – Korundi, The Sámi Museum Siida, and Seinäjoki Art Hall. The 1000 m2 extension Aukio is opened by EMMA, the City of Espoo and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation for Rut Bryk’s and Tapio Wirkkala’s collection and archive, as well as changing design exhibitions. 

 

STILL / LIFE – TAPIO WIRKKALA RETROSPECTIVE
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The life’s work of Rut Bryk (1916–1999) and Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) is entrusted to the care of the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation, established in 2003. The foundation, City of Espoo and EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art have signed an agreement according to which EMMA manages over 5,000 objects owned by the foundation, including works of art, design objects, prototypes and archive material. The collection is both rare and internationally significant. The design legacy of the world-renowned artist-designer couple will open up in an even more diverse way when the new design space is launched in EMMA in November 2017. EMMA will display the collection permanently in exhibition centre WeeGee, Tapiola, Espoo. At this moment there is a possibility to view the cross-section of the collection in the Wirkkala Cabinet, located on the ground floor WeeGee building, free of charge.

 

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