The Museum of Finnish Architecture’s Juhana Lahti and Joona Rantasalo visited Het Nieuwe Instituut from 2 to 3 September 2019.
The visit, part of a job-shadowing research trip, was funded by the Erasmus+ programme, which enables professionals to visit peer organizations, learning best practices and collecting ideas for exhibition production. Staff members of the Helsinki-based museum visited several organizations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK, among other countries.
Juhana Lahti is an art historian who holds a PhD from the University of Helsinki (2006). He acquired the title of Associate Professor in 2019 and currently works as the Head of Information Services and Research at the museum. In his research and publications, he focuses on the history of Modern architecture and planning, especially the post-second world war period. He is also interested in the digital paradigm shift in culture. Previously, Lahti has occupied other positions at the museum, as well as at the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.
Joona Rantasalo is an art historian who has been working at the Museum of Finnish Architecture on several projects and in several capacities since 2011. In January 2019, he was appointed as a curator of the collections department. He is also the secretary of the Finnish Architectural Society, as well as a board member of Docomomo Suomi Finland.