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Futuro - Constructing Utopia

from May 21 2011 until October 9 2011

Futuro (prototype), Matti Suuronen (1968) photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Futuro (protoype), Matti Suuronen (1968) photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Futuro (prototype), Matti Suuronen (1968) Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Prototype Futuro under construction, Matti Suuronen (1968), Photo: Kees Spruijt. Purchased and restored with the support of the BankGiro Loterij Exhibition opening, Photo: Fred Ernst Matti Suuronen, Futuro 1968. Prototype. Polyester and various materials. Purchased with the support of BankGiro Loterij 2007. Photo: Jelle Brandt Corstius Prototype Futuro under construction, Matti Suuronen (1968), Photo: Nikki van Basten. Purchased and restored with the support of the BankGiro Loterij Exhibition opening, Photo: Fred Ernst Anonymous goldsmith. Nautilus goblet, circa 1590. Nautilus shell, silver gilt, mother of pearl, semi-precious stones Albrecht Dürer, St Jerome in His study, 1514. Engraving (digital presentation) Andries Dirk Copier, Globe vase 1929. Frosted glass Panasonic Company, Toot-a-loop bangle radio R-72, 1970. Plastic (polyamide) and various materials Matti Suuronen, Futuro 1968. Prototype. Polyester and various materials. Purchased with the support of BankGiro Loterij 2007. Copyright Centraal Museum, Utrecht / Photo: Maurice Boyer Prototype Futuro under construction, Matti Suuronen (1968), Photo: Nikki van Basten. Purchased and restored with the support of the BankGiro Loterij Exhibition opening, Photo: Fred Ernst Allessandro Mendini, Silver coffee pot, 1983. Silver Charles and Ray Eames, Fibreglass chair, 1951. Fibreglass-reinforced plastic Exhibition opening, Photo: Fred Ernst

This spring a futuristic holiday home is coming to land in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: Futuro (1968). Following a thorough restoration the original prototype by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen has been acquired by the museum and will be on display for the first time. Come on board this UFO-like house and travel back in time to the 1960s. 

The Futuro house is being given pride of place in the museum’s large Bodon gallery as the centrepiece of a display of twenty prints and approximately a hundred design and applied art objects from the collection, such as a wearable radio in the form of a bangle and a futuristic recumbent bicycle. All these objects are linked by a common search for the perfect form: a quest that has played an important role in the history of art and design.

Watch here a video about Futuro.

Futuro 

In 1965 Matti Suuronen was asked to design a mobile holiday home that could be erected in poorly accessible skiing areas. De Futuro was revolutionary for its time: fully demountable, made from lightweight polyester and suitable for serial production. Although production of the mobile home was halted prematurely, in part due to the oil crisis of 1973, there are dozens of Futuros spread across the world. Most are in private collections, but the original prototype can be seen at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The prefabricated interior comprises a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom.

The perfect form 

In the design of Futuro, Suuronen was looking for perfection within a minimal form. The form had to be efficient in design and production, but must also have a natural beauty. He found these qualities in the ellipsoid: a three-dimensional ellipse based on the proportions of the golden section. You will also recognise this search for the prefect form in the other objects on display. In addition to the ellipsoid you will discover other mathematical principles such as the Fibonacci sequence and the Archimedean spiral. Come and be amazed at extraordinary objects from the collections’ entire time span and see prints by Albrecht Dürer, a design chair by Charles and Ray Eames and Czech glasswork.

The Collection Enriched 

From April Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing The Collection Enriched. Over the next two years these new displays of the permanent collection showcase the museum's masterpieces of European painting together with several loans from other museums. The acquisition of the Futuro represents another enrichment of the collection.

BankGiro Loterij 

The acquisition and restoration of the Futuro prototype has been made possible by the BankGiro Loterij. The BankGiro Loterij is once more supporting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen over the next five years as a regular beneficiary.