The Language of Wood – Wood in Finnish Sculpture, Design, and Architecture is the catalogue for an exhibition that marked the 70th anniversary of Finnish independence. The exhibition was jointly produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Museum of Applied Arts (currently Designmuseum) and the Museum of Contemporary Art and it was on display between 21 August and 4 October in 1987. The catalogue was published by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in 1987. the exhibition committee and the exhibition design was led by Juhani Pallasmaa.
The book opens with three essays: Wooden god by Salme Sarajas-Korte, Wood and everyday aesthetics by Pekka Suhonen, and Architecture of the forest by Juhani Pallasmaa. The rest of the book contains of photographs thematised into sections such as wood in the Finnish lifestyle, shapes, texture, motion, image, milieu and so forth. The photographs depict art, furniture, design objects, household utensils, archeological finds, both historical and contemporary architecture and other cases where wood has been used as the primary material. The book concludes with three examples of wood in Finnish literature: Kalevala canto 44, an excerpt from Seitsemän veljestä by Aleksis Kivi, and Edith Södergran’s poem My childhood’s trees. All the texts are in English.
The copy in our stock is the 2nd edition of this beautiful catalogue. It is in good condition. There is some yellowing on the edges of the pages and some signs of shelf wear on the covers, but the pages are clean and the binding is fine.