Exhibitions in Paimio Sanatorium

We offer an exhibition which presents specialities of Sanatoriums design and life. The exhibition is called ‘Rooms at Paimio Sanatorium’ 

Opening hours:

From September 1st

Thursday 13-19

Friday 11-17

Saturday 11-18

Sunday 11-17

Rooms at Paimio Sanatorium

Rooms at Paimio Sanatorium, exhibition from summer 2021 opens a new era for the sanatorium . Sanatorium building designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto is an architectural masterpiece, a gestalt, in which the details of interior design have a profound and very intimate relationship with the functionality and purpose of the building. At the same time, the architectural ensemble is in a unique relationship with the surrounding nature. At the heart of it all, however, is the human being, the person who contracted tuberculosis in the 1930s. Alvar and Aino Aalto wanted to create a functional but humane and beautiful environment for patients who came to the sanatorium to receive treatment, to seek hope. In the colors of the building, in the language of the forms, there is something quite exceptional timelessness, simplicity, yet in all things skillfully thought-out expediency.

The exhibition is curated by Miina Karske and Martin Born in collaboration with Henna Helander.

Alvar Aallon suunnittelema vaatekaappi

The exhibition carries its guests to the patient rooms through the yellow staircases and turquoise corridors, the color scheme of the Paimio sanatorium. The experience is emotional, impressive. Just as tuberculosis shocked society in the 1930s, the pandemic has touched our daily lives over the past year, months. Time seems to stop for a moment, moving backwards in the moods of the rooms, to continue again in this moment. Human well-being is suddenly a fragile thing, and the connections of the moments are present.

Alvar Aallon suunnittelema vaatekaappi

The exhibition carries its guests to the patient rooms through the yellow staircases and turquoise corridors, the color scheme of the Paimio sanatorium. The experience is emotional, impressive. Just as tuberculosis shocked society in the 1930s, the pandemic has touched our daily lives over the past year, months. Time seems to stop for a moment, moving backwards in the moods of the rooms, to continue again in this moment. Human well-being is suddenly a fragile thing, and the connections of the moments are present.

The story of the exhibition consists of the time of construction, the birth of the sanatorium and its daily life. Impressive, black-and-white photographs are the very exceptional content of the exhibition, both very private and public. The images tell of the mutual energy and connection of two extremely talented architects. Alvar and Aino Aalto were equally world citizens, locals and Finns. Their work has left a huge significance in the history of modern architecture. And the core and heart of everything has always genuinely been human wellbeing.

The summer exhibition is also an experience of encountering the sanatorium building and the surrounding nature. A guided path built around the Paimio sanatorium leads the guests to experience the building from the outside, to feel and breath its connection to nature and space. Nature is like assembling rooms, building into the great surrounding world.

The summer at Paimio Sanatorium welcomes its guests with joy.

The summer exhibition has been planned by Miina Karske and Martin Born.