FUTURO
A Flying Saucer in Town
 
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Press conference: May 30, 2017, 11 a.m.
Exhibition opening: June 1, 2017, 7 p.m.
To be attended by State Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle
Exhibition duration: June 2, 2017 – June 3, 2018
 
Installation of temporary exhibition premises:
The FUTURO building by Matti Suuronen, initially designed in 1968 Die Neue Sammlung is paying tribute to the icon of the space age with a presentation in an outdoor space at Pinakothek der Moderne of the FUTURO, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1965-7 and originally intended as a ski lodge.
 
Ellipsoid in shape, the FUTURO definitely epitomizes the future visions of the 1960s, in which visionary designs focused on new materials for mobile living environments. Driven by a faith in science and technology and in the conquest of space, the FUTURO symbolizes the striving in that era for new, functional, efficient and mass-producible forms of housing.
 
With a diameter of eight meters and an overall height of just under six meters the building offers around 25 m² of living space which can be heated by electricity in less than 30 minutes. The building rests on a stable tubular steel frame. It has been designed so that it can even be erected on rough terrain and can withstand not only extreme temperatures, but also earthquakes and storms. The door doubles up as fold-out stairs similar to those on small private jets, and these can be used to access FUTURO, which seemingly floats on its steel base.
 
FUTURO was manufactured by Finnish company Polykem Ltd. as one of the world’s first mass-produced plastic houses and marketed internationally. Its walls are made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester shells with a sandwich layer of polyurethane foam providing insulation. In order to make assembly and dismantling easier, the house was manufactured in 16 arc segments which could be assembled on site in the space of only two days. A total of 16 double-glazed windows afford a panoramic view right round. There are unfortunately no records of how many FUTURO houses were sold in total. At a conservative estimate there were originally around 70 of them, of which around 60 are still in existence today.
 
The FUTURO house was acquired in 2016 for Die Neue Sammlung and it is now on show for the first time after comprehensive restoration work. Apart from a continuous bench right round, its circular, open-plan room boasts no interior fittings. The FUTURO house in Munich was initially purchased by Stiebel Eltron in the early 1970s and erected on the company site in Vlotho. It was subsequently acquired by the Charles-Wilp-Museum in Witten in 2012. From there, it has moved to Munich. In the 1970s, artist, graphic designer and composer Wilp owned a FUTURO house which was wrapped by Christo in 1970 and in which artists such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenbourg and Yves Klein guested; it has not, unfortunately, survived.
 
Curated by:
Dipl. Rest. Univ. Tim Bechthold
Dr. Caroline Fuchs
Dr. Angelika Nollert
 
Program:
The FUTURO is open to the public during special opening hours, guided tours (limited numbers of participants) as well as for special events. A number of “satellite programs” will complement the FUTURO presentation in Munich.
 
Satellite 1:
“Alles, was Sie schon immer über das FUTURO wissen wollten”
Lecture series with four experts
Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.– 4 p.m.
Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
 
Speakers:
Dr. Elke Genzel and Dr. Pamela Voigt (Leipzig):
Geträumte Zukunft. Pioniere der Kunststoffarchitektur
 
Cora Geißler (Berlin):
Das Leben mit dem FUTORO-Haus und der Roadtrip zu den FUTUROS in der Welt
 
Marko Home (Helsinki):
FUTURO World
 
Dipl. Rest. Univ. Tim Bechthold (Die Neue Sammlung, Munich):
Keep Watching the Skies. A Flying Saucer Comes to Town
 
There are further satellites in the pipeline. The program will be announced shortly.
 
The exhibition is sponsored by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. and KONEN.
 
Further information:
Dipl. Rest. Univ. Tim Bechthold
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Tel.: +49 (0)89 272725-0
E-mail: bechthold@die-neue-sammlung.de
 
Dr. des. Caroline Fuchs
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Tel.: +49 (0)89 272725-0
E-mail: fuchs@die-neue-sammlung.de
 
Tine Nehler M.A. | Head of PR & Communications
Pinakotheken im Kunstareal | Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
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E-mail: presse@pinakothek.de
 
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The FUTURO house at the Internationale Kunststoffhausausstellung (IKA) in Lüdenscheidt 1972. © Stadtarchiv Lüdenscheid, Bildsammlung, Werner Silla
Olotila FUTURO leaflet, detail, 1968-1969, Originally published by Polykem Oy Ab, producer of the FUTURO house. © Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum
Olotila FUTURO leaflet, detail, 1968-1969, Originally published by Polykem Oy Ab, producer of the FUTURO house.
© Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum
FUTURO houses on a mountain, late 1960s. The photo was taken with scale models of the house. © Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum, photo: unknown
Parts of the FUTURO during the disassenbly at Witten © Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Assembly of the FUTURO in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne © Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (A. Laurenzo)
FUTURO. Detail © Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum