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THE ICONIC AND THE EVERYDAY:  Creative Finland in America

As a part of Finland’s centennial celebration, the Embassy of Finland is hosting an exhibition showcasing how Finnish design and architecture have been a part of American life in the last century.

The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America

THE ICONIC AND THE EVERYDAY exhibition proposes an explicit condensed assertion of the contemporary presence and influence of Finnish design, industry and identity in the United States. Two exhibition displays are interwoven, each of which can be seen simultaneously as both “iconic” and “everyday” in character. The exhibition’s ambition is to produce a composite understanding of the presence and strength of Finnish architecture, design and industry in the lives of everyday Americans – and to benefit both nations’ mutual appreciation and understanding.

THE ICONIC AND THE EVERYDAY exhibition focuses on iconic architecture in the United States by Finnish masters such as Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto and the likes, as well as, the everyday items by Finnish companies, such as Marimekko and Fiskars, known not only for their design but also, functionality. The exhibition is curated by Professor Peter MacKeith, Dean of Architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design in University of Arkansas. The exhibition designer is architect Jonathan Boelkins.

The exhibition also has a reading nook where children and the childlike can get to know Moomins, the loved cartoon characters from Tove Jansson. Moomins live in Moominvalley and go on many wondrous and often accidental adventures. Even adults can learn something from the surprisingly philosophical and laidback characters.

On Sunday, July 16 at 2pm the Embassy of Finland is hosting a special movie screening of "Moomins on the Riviera".  A film for all audiences, the Moomins embrace cross-cultural understanding and tolerance.Addressing universal themes such as finding joy in the small things in life, family, and optimism,‘Moomins on the Riviera’ is sure to resonate with viewers around the world.

Special event Sunday, July 16 at 2pm - Moomins on the Riviera movie screening

pdfMoomins on the Riviera

The Iconic and the Everyday

The exhibition is open on Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm and on the following weekends from 11am to 4pm:

May 20 – 21
June 3 – 4, 11
July 2, 9, 16, 30
August 6, 12 – 13
Free Admission

Address: 3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Updated 7/7/2017

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