Good News from Fri, 16 March, 2012:

Japan stages Finnish art and design exhibition

Aomori Museum of Art is the first port of call Aomori Museum of Art is the first port of call

A huge retrospective of Finnish art and design from the nineteenth century to the present is due to open in Japan at the beginning of April.    

The exhibition, entitled The Essence of Finnish Design and Culture will tour five cities, starting in the north in Aomori, followed by Utsunomiya, Shizuoka, Nagasaki and Kobe.

Consisting of about 350 works and objects, the show will run until March next year.

The idea is to show how good design can change and improve life itself, curator Yuko Hashimoto told Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. 

Subjects will range from Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala, portrayed through the paintings of Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) to the Moomins, created by Tove Jansson, which are a best seller in Japan.

Also represented in Japan will be works by painters Albdert Edelfelt and Pekka Halonen, the architect Eliel Saarinen, 20th century designers such as Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, and even old banknotes and postage stamps.