FUTURO 50 YEARS
The Exhibition Centre WeeGee celebrates the jubilee year of the icon of the space-age architecture and design of the late 1960s
The utopian plastic house known as Futuro, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (1933–2013), celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Futuro house was first exhibited on television and to the press at the Polykem plant in Hiekkaharju in Vantaa, Finland, at the end of March 1968. The house made its international breakthrough in October 1968 when the third Futuro (no. 002) was displayed at the Finnfocus Export Fair in London.
The Futuro house, a vision of its time, still fascinates people. The Exhibition Centre WeeGee organises together with EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art a range of exhibitions and events in the summer and autumn to celebrate Futuro’s 50th anniversary. The events offer visitors a comprehensive view into the experimental forms and optimistic ideas of modernism.
THE FUTURO HOUSE IS OPEN DURING THE SUMMER SEASON
Matti Suuronen: Futuro, from 15 May to 16 September 2018, Exhibition Centre WeeGee
The Exhibition Centre WeeGee has acquired the first ever mass-produced Futuro house (no. 001), which was owned by Matti Kuusla from summer 1968 to autumn 2011 and located in Hirvensalmi in Finland. After being carefully restored, the house opened in WeeGee’s yard in 2012. The Futuro house will be open to public from mid-May to mid-September during WeeGee’s regular opening hours.
MIKA TAANILA’S PLASTIC HEART TELLS THE MUSICAL “BIRTH STORY” OF THE FUTURO HOUSE
Mika Taanila: Plastic Heart, from 17 August to 16 September 2018, Futuro house
Over the years, the Futuro has captured the imagination of artists, designers and the public at large all around the world. To celebrate the jubilee year, artist and filmmaker Mika Taanila has been invited to create a new artwork based on the Futuro. The result is Plastic Heart, a multi-channel sound installation paying homage to the Futuro. Taanila created the artwork using only authentic sounds associated with the plastic material from which the Futuro is constructed.Plastic Heart can be heard in August and September inside the Futuro: the oval interior transforms the house into an echo chamber, immersing the visitor in the musical “birth story” of the Futuro.
Plastic Heart is produced by the Exhibition Centre WeeGee / Espoo Event and Cultural Services in collaboration with the EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, with support from Ekin Muovi, Finnvox and Genelec. Plastic Heart is part of the Helsinki Festival programme.
STUDIO SUURONEN’S EXHIBITION PRESENTS 50 FUTURO HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD
Futuro world 50 years, from 15 May to 31 December 2018, Studio Suuronen
The entrance hall of the Exhibition Centre WeeGee encompasses Studio Suuronen, named after architect Matti Suuronen. Studio Suuronen houses the exhibition Futuro world 50 years from mid-May to the end of 2018. The exhibition presents the Futuro house as well as its international spread through photographs, captions and map graphics. The exhibition contains photographs of 50 Futuro houses around the world. The exhibition is an updated version of WeeGee’s Futuro world, which ran from June 2015 to January 2016. On request by the public, the exhibition now makes a comeback in honour of the jubilee year.
At the exhibition, visitors can also see the documentary Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow (Director Mika Taanila, script Marko Home and Mika Taanila, Kinotar Oy, 1998).
The exhibition has been produced by the Exhibition Centre WeeGee / Espoo Event and Cultural Services, the contents of the exhibition has been planned by Marko Home and the exhibition architecture by Kaisa Kantokorpi, Anna-Riikka Nuutinen and Henna Palonen.
EMMA’S FUTUROMANIA BRINGS UTOPIAN VISIONS OF LIVING FROM PAST TO PRESENT
Futuromania – Designing Future Living, from 6 June 2018 to 17 February 2019, EMMA
Futuromania – Designing Future Living casts a glimpse back at the futuristic utopias envisioned by Finnish architects and designers back in the 1950s and ‘60s. The exhibition looks at the bold visions of the future dreamed up by classic Finnish designers over half a century ago. How do their utopian ideas about boundless free time and unlimited resources match up with the reality of today? Residential and urban planning schemes by Aarne Ervi, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, Antti Nurmesniemi, Armi Ratia, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Matti Suuronen and Tapio Wirkkala will be presented alongside a new installation by Aamu Song and Johan Olin (Company).
Cooperation partners of Futuromania are Espoo City Museum and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation. The exhibition is supported by Innovarch.
TALKING ABOUT FUTURO
The lectures during the jubilee year offer a chance to learn more about the Futuro house, the utopian visions of modernism and the inspiration they provided for artists.
Marko Home: Futuro world 50 years
On Saturday 19 May at 1 pm, WeeGee
Art historian and Futuro specialist Marko Home discusses the colourful phases of the Futuro and especially the current situation of the Futuro houses in various corners of the world (in Finnish).
This programme may be subject to change.