Untitled (Kiss) Stool 60/ Alvar Aalto/Barbara Kruger, 2019/ Courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Institute of Contemporary Arts x Artek presents ‘Untitled (Kiss)’ Stool 60 by Barbara Kruger

The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, presents a newly commissioned multiple by conceptual artist Barbara Kruger produced in collaboration with the Finnish furniture company Artek. Kruger’s Untitled (Kiss) forms the starting point of a new collaboration between the ICA and Artek, which will result in a series of artists’ customizations of Stool 60, Alvar Aalto’s iconic piece of modern furniture design.

With a career spanning the past fifty years, Kruger is internationally known for her collaged photographs featuring provocative statements on issues surrounding commercial culture, feminism, and identity politics. Untitled (Kiss) offers a humorous, feminist perspective on commerce and identity.

Founded in 1946 by a collective of artists, poets, and their supporters, the Institute of Contemporary Arts is an independent organization and registered charity that supports the most pressing debates in contemporary culture.

Artek was founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.” In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art.

Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer. His furniture designs are considered Scandinavian modern, owing to his concern for materials, especially wood, and his approach, which combined simplification with technical experimentation.