Mystery in the Submarine Wharf
May 2011

Ufo has landed in museum

21 May 0 9 October 2011

The restoration of Futuro (1968), made possible by the BankGiro Loterij, is almost complete. Soon you will be able to take a peep inside this futuristic mobile home in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. You can also follow the age-old quest for the perfect form through objects from the Renaissance to the present day.

Design: Thonik
Design: Thonik

This spring the museum is presenting the original prototype of Futuro, designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1968. It is estimated that approximately sixty of these UFO-like buildings were made, a few of which are still in use all over the world as a home, café or office. In the years immediately after its introduction, Futuro attracted the attention of photographers, advertisers and artists and took on an iconic status. In 1970 the holiday home served as a location for a Playboy photo shoot and the artist Christo wrapped an example in Germany.

The prototype in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is the only Futuro in a public collection. It forms the centrepiece of an exhibition of approximately 200 objects from the museum’s collection of applied arts, design and prints. The exhibition also includes two large recent works by Atelier Van Lieshout and Bruce Nauman from the museum’s collection.

Click here for the schedule of the official opening on Saturday 28 May.