Re-imagining the Past - Stories from the Aalto Archives exhibition

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Aalto Archives exhibition in Dipoli Gallery

Re-imagining the Past - Stories from the Aalto Archives exhibition highlights selected items from the Aalto University Archives. We invited professors, professors emeriti and current Aalto students & staff to choose their own favorites from the collection.

Aalto University Archives provide a treasure box into the history of Aalto University and its founding universities. During the past two years moving both Arabia and Töölö campuses to Otaniemi have caused a huge moving project of archives and art collections for the Archives and many valuable additions have been made to the collections. At the same time Aalto University Archives have digitized nearly 300 000 works within the last ten years. The aim is to give better access to this national treasure and hopefully these past collections will be both useful and most of all, inspirational for the whole society.

This exhibition highlights carefully selected items from the Aalto University Archives. We invited professors, professors emeriti and alumni from Outi Krause and Tapio Yli-Viikari to Krister Ahlström and current Aalto students & staff to choose their own favorites from the collection. There are stories from a small cardamom paper box symbolizing the fundraising for Töölö building, a touching example how a piece of artwork has brought comfort in time of illness, to a fictive story on artefacts from the physics laboratory museum collection. The aim of the exhibition is to open the collections and the possibilities on how to work with them.

The Aalto University Archives is an archive open to all researchers. The key task of the Archives Services is the preservation of Aalto University's documented heritage and the promotion of research based on it. The Aalto University Archives include the collections from Aalto University, the Helsinki School of Economics (HSE), the University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK) and the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and their predecessors, as well as numerous private archives closely linked to Aalto University and its remits. 

See the exhibition catalogue (pdf) below to read more about the exhibition.

Dipoli opening hours

More info on Aalto Archiveshttps://learningcentre.aalto.fi/en/vrc-archives/

Curators: 

Susanna Kokkinen, Manager, Records Management, Aalto University
Outi Turpeinen, Art coordinator, Aalto University

Contact: 

[email protected]

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