Feb 12–Apr 9, 2016

Paimio Sanatorium

Keeping It Modern
Alvar Aallon katu 7, 40600 Jyväskylä Map
Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm

One of Alvar Aalto’s best-known works, Paimio Sanatorium was completed in 1933. With its adjoining hospital complex, the functionalist sanatorium is one of Finland’s most significant architectural environments.

The exhibition presents the various stages and historical layers of the sanatorium with reference to Finland’s first architectural conservation management plan. The plan, which is pending the approval of the project’s steering group, provides new detailed information on the sanatorium. Paimio Sanatorium is a total work of art whose architecture, interiors and lighting and even its aural environment were designed to support the recuperation and rest of patients.
The exhibition design makes prominent use of photographs and drawings among other material. Also on display are unique one-off items of furniture designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto that have not been previously seen outside Paimio Sanatorium. A reconstruction of a patients’ room at Paimio is also on show in the permanent exhibition of the Alvar Aalto Museum.

In 2014, the Getty Foundation chose Paimio Sanatorium as one of the ten pilot projects of its Keeping It Modern initiative which aims to find new methods and renovation standards for the care of works of the modern architectural heritage. The conservation management plan will be implemented with the aid of a grant awarded by the Getty Foundation.