Futuro has landed in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
17 May 2011
Following a thorough restoration, the prototype of Futuro (1968) is currently being assembled in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The mobile holiday home, designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (1933), consists of several hundred components which are being carefully assembled in the correct order: from the walls with elliptical doors to the cushions on the chairs.
The acquisition of Futuro has been supported by the BankGiro Loterij, which has also funded the two-year-long restoration. Now the 4-metre-high elliptical house with an 8-metre diameter is being constructed in the large Bodon gallery. Despite its floor area of only 25 m2, the mobile home has a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. It is estimated that there are approximately sixty Futuros around the world, but the prototype is the only one in a public collection. The UFO-like house is on display from 21 May to 9 October 2011 in the exhibition ‘Futuro – Constructing Utopia’, with a festive opening on 28 May. (Press preview on 25 May)
Futuro is an extraordinary example of the modern design of the 1960s, when bold experimental forms reflected new materials and optimistic ideas about progress. Suuronen’s elliptical house was a highpoint in the search for the perfect form. The exhibition brings together approximately 200 objects from the museum’s collections of applied arts, design and prints, which illustrate this quest. The display also includes works by Bruce Nauman and Atelier Van Lieshout.
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