Join Modernism Week's Executive Director, Lisa Vossler Smith, on ModernismWeek@Sea aboard Oceania's Marina. This 12-day cruise will visit seven culturally significant ports in the Baltic region that demonstrate how modern influences in architecture and design have been artfully folded into these sometimes ancient cities. Modernism Week guests will explore Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Finland and Russia through special Modernism Week-curated parties and tours.
A highlight will be an optional tour in Helsinki to visit Alvar Aalto's studio and house. After qualifying as an architect from Helsinki Institute of Technology (later Helsinki University of Technology and now part of the Aalto University) in 1921, Aalto set up his first architectural practice in Jyvaskyla. His early works followed the tenets of Nordic Classicism, the predominant style at that time. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, he made a number of journeys to Europe on which he and his wife Aino Marsio, also an architect, became familiar with the latest trends in Modernism, the International Style.
The Aalto House, completed in 1936, is a classic example of this noted designer and architect’s style that embraced individual expression, uniqueness of design and uncharted experimentation. The house has a residential wing clad in stained-timber slats, and a white-washed brick section. It is accompanied by a studio, built in the 1950s. Both structures feature stunning design elements such as Aalto’s lighting pendants, bentwood furniture and architectural models, Berber rugs, high-reaching vines and white walls. This residence and studio are photogenic spaces. Their calming harmony is a clear and holistic realization of Aalto’s vision.
In addition to participating in a rich array of optional port excursions offered by Oceania Cruises, ModernismWeek@Sea participants will be able to enjoy several private events especially organized for this group such as "Bevvies on the Baltic," “Summer Soirée,” and “From Russia with Love - Vodka Martini Party."
Optional limited-participation opportunities include a “Mod Bites” cooking class that will showcase favorite mid-century cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of the era and an exclusive dinner limited to 24 guests in the extravagant La Reserve by Wine Spectator dining room hosted by Lisa Vossler Smith. Oceania has partnered with France’s esteemed Moët & Chandon to create the Dom Pérignon Experience at La Reserve by Wine Spectator, an exuberant six-course gustatory indulgence that pairs each course with a special Dom Pérignon vintage, capturing every aspect from subtle, effervescent nose to lively, satisfying finish. From Brittany Blue Lobster in Yellow Curry Broth with Coco Foam to Sashimi-Style Seared Wagyu Beef with Sautéed Arugula, Blood Orange-Soya Jus and Caviar Perlita, each beguiling bite is a celebration of the finer things in life.
ModernismWeek@Sea participants will receive a rare, insiders-view of the Baltic region's modernist architecture, and when they return to the ship, they will be able to enjoy Oceania’s lavish amenities, luxurious accommodations and choose to dine at the many onboard complimentary restaurants as they travel to their next destination.