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The Finnish Embassy’s celebration of the nation’s most famous architect on the centennial of his birth is—appropriately, disappointingly—fairly understated. “Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation” is mostly the stuff of photographs and principal-explaining graphics. Saarinen’s best-known creations include the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Knoll-manufactured “Tulip” chair. You’ll find no sketches or models here, only photos and textbook information. One focus of the exhibition is Saarinen’s relationship with Washington, from his Office of Strategic Services days to his posthumously executed design for Dulles International Airport. Beyond the Finnish connection, the setting is an appropriate venue to showcase Saarinen’s work: It’s one of the best-designed, and outwardly simple, embassies in the city.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M. FRIDAY TO SUNDAY TO NOV. 28 AT THE FINNISH EMBASSY, 3301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW. FREE. (202) 298-5800.