Magic of Flight

series of exhibitions in Jyväskylä museums 19.3.-24.5.2009

The museums of Jyväskylä are offering their visitors the possibility to explore the secrets of flying!

This unique aeronautical voyage is brought to you by the Jyväskylä Art Museum, the Museum of Central Finland, the Aviation Museum of Central Finland, the Craft Museum of Finland, the Natural History Museum of Central Finland and the Alvar Aalto Museum.

Pick up your pilot's licence from any of the museums, collect a stamp from each of the exhibitions and you're in with a chance of winning a hot air balloon ride for two!

The exhibition at the Art Museum of Jyväskylä is piloted by artists Jussi Heikkilä and Jyrki Siukonen. The artists examine their vision of flying in various new and previously unseen works, as well as by staging brand new installations from the collections of the Aviation Museum of Central Finland and the Natural History Museum of Central Finland. In exchange, the artists also contribute mystery works to the exhibitions of these two museums.

In the Craft Museum of Finland, the ITE In Flight exhibition of outsider art takes wing with works by 14 self-taught artists from all over Finland. The artists have used a great variety of materials in innovative ways, and their ideas have materialised as images, statues, text and sound. In the exhibition workshop the visitors can create their own flying-related works of art.

How do creatures fly? And how have humans managed to satisfy their desire to fly? Travelling by air is not natural for man, and therefore assistive equipment is required. In the Aviation Museum of Central Finland, the Magic of Flight exhibition can be found amid their wide-ranging permanent exhibition, which illustrates the history of aviation here and abroad.

The Extraordinary Flyers exhibition of the Natural History Museum of Central Finland demonstrates the diverse ways of flying from both flora and fauna. Why do animals and plant seeds travel by air? Can a pair of handsome wings win over a potential mating partner? Flying seeds are the plants' way of taking over the world. The exhibition reveals the various exciting ways of flying in nature: gliding, using airstreams and hitching free rides! The exhibition will be open throughout the summer until 30.8.2009.

In the Museum of Central Finland, the Jyväskylä Seen from the Air exhibition displays aerial photos from 1930's and 40's Jyväskylä, taken by the local Karhumäki Brothers. The photographs feature aerial views of the town centre, the districts of Lutakko, Nenäinniemi, Mäki-Matti and Lohikoski, as well as the Pori Match Factory on the Kuokkala-side of Lake Jyväsjärvi. The exhibition also includes television ads for the Karhumäki brothers' private airline company Kar-Air Oy from the 1950's and 60's.

The exhibition in the Alvar Aalto Museum focuses on architect Aalto's travels. During his career Aalto travelled all over the world and his journeys often included air travel. The exhibition also takes a look at the interior of the Helsinki-Malmi airport, which is furnished with pieces from Aalto's design company Artek. The online exhibition Malmilta maailmalle (From Malmi to the World) can be found at . Also on display is a collection of architect Leif Englund's masterfully crafted paper aeroplanes. Englund worked with Alvar Aalto from 1955 to 1971 as an architecture modeller.