Design is never about isolated objects; it is about their mutual interaction. The MUDAM asked designer-film-maker Alexandre Humbert to respond to the installations, using the museum’s archive. Humbert chose the pieces of furniture designed by Alvar Aalto and Aino Alto for the iconic tuberculosis sanatorium in Finland because of their legendary, timeless eloquence: Sanatorium Paimio – Mobilier d’une Chambre. The viewer’s eye is led into the room from the frame of the door (the same size as the original door). Through the camera, the viewer looks around the room of a tuberculosis patient and zooms in on the outstanding details of the furniture. Positioning and lighting enable the same elements to continuously tell a new story about the life and the state of mind of the objects who temporarily occupied the room.
The Door, 2018 by Alexandre Humbert is a film installation commissioned by MUDAM Luxembourg in response to the Sanatorium Paimio – Mobilier d’une Chambre installation by Alvar & Aino Aalto, 1933.
Director of Photography: Pierre Alexandre Gaudru
Music Composition: Arnaud Pujol
Scenography: Claus Wiersma
Thanks to Anna Loporcao, Design City and MUDAM crew
The Door was premiered within the context of Beyond the New exhibition at MUDAM Luxembourg curated by Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg.