Heli Hiltunen and Jorma Puranen at the Mänttä Art Festival

The Mänttä Art Festival 2019 features an installation by Heli Hiltunen and Jorma Puranen. The artwork is based on photographs of Werner Holmberg’s classic landscape paintings: “Combining the faded photographs, metallic serigraphy surfaces and old engravings, Hiltunen and Puranen take the viewer to some unusual and menacing scenes.”

More than 50 artists exhibit their works in the largest summer exhibition of Finnish contemporary art, curated by Marja Helander.

The festival in Mänttä-Vilppula, Finland, is open from 16 June until 1 September 2019.

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Anne-Karin Furunes at Ryan Lee Gallery

The Together but Apart exhibition at Ryan Lee Gallery presents new works by Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes. The exhibition includes a selection of portraits, landscapes, and monumental paintings which Furunes has created with her signature technique: she perforates a painted canvas with thousands of holes.

The exhibition calls attention to the urgent threat of climate change and to the mistreatment of the indigenous inhabitants of Fennoscandia, the Sámi people. The Sámi are facing the threat of climate change after living harmoniously in the Arctic for centuries.

Together but Apart is on view at Ryan Lee Gallery in New York from 19 June to 9 August 2019.

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A K Dolven at Trondheim Kunstmuseum

A K Dolven is one of Norway’s most well-known contemporary artists with an extensive international career. Her current exhibition, titled hitting a mountain with snow on my right and left shoulder, is on view at Trondheim Kunstmuseum / TKM Gråmølna from 15 June to 15 September 2019.

The exhibition consists of paintings, photographies, video and sound installations, including four new works.

“Based on her own bodily experiences and her work environment, she takes up general human themes in her art practice. In her works one will often be faced with a raw simplicity where one can also see traces of the process.”

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Antti Laitinen invited to exhibit his works in Brussels

Antti Laitinen has been invited by the European Space for Sculpture association to exhibit his works in Brussels in summer 2019. The exhibition is a part of the cultural programme of Finland’s presidency of the Council of the EU.Laitinen’s exhibition, Fused with Nature, in Tournay-Solvay Park includes two site-specific artworks and a video installation, and is open from 4 July to 29 September. In addition, Laitinen’s photography and video works are on view at La Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valérie Bach on 6–27 July.

Gallery Talks: Karoliina Hellberg

Karoliina Hellberg will discuss her artistic practice and current solo exhibition Knot at the gallery on Thursday 27 June 2019 at 3 pm. Please notice that the event will be in Finnish. Welcome!

Public sculpture by Jacob Dahlgren unveiled in Helsinki

Early One Morning, Eternity Sculpture by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren brings colour and playfulness to the Kalasatama residential district in Helsinki. The pink steel sculpture is located at Capellanaukio in Kalasatama and is unveiled on Helsinki Day 12 June 2019.

Dahlgren wants to create urban spaces that provide an opportunity for relaxation and play. “Its appearance changes depending on which direction you look at it from. It is like a phrase written in longhand and in a completely new language,” the artist describes his work.

Photo: HAM/Maija Toivanen

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Salla Tykkä at MOMENTUM10

MOMENTUM, The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, celebrates its 10th edition with a program that presents 29 international artists. It also rediscovers iconic works of art that have been shown in previous editions. Salla Tykkä participates in the biennial with her work Victoria (2008).

“From the late summer until the end of the year 2007, I observed the giant water lily during the nights in the botanical garden in Helsinki. I wanted to see how this photosensitive plant would open its tight bulb in the darkness—but I never witnessed this happening. The bulb remained closed the night of filming and in the morning, after turning the lights off and switching off cameras, it had opened alone. In the film, one sees only the closing of the flower played in reverse.”
– Salla Tykkä

MOMENTUM10: The Emotional Exhibition is on view at the Momentum Kunsthall and Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway, from 8 June to 9 October 2019.

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Kari Vehosalo and Antti Laitinen at Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin

Kari Vehosalo and Antti Laitinen take part in Mostly Happy – Finnish Art Today group show at Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin. The show, curated by Marc Wellmann, presents ten artists who allow an insight into the diversity and the quality of Finnish contemporary art. On one hand, their works are connected to the codes and discourses of the global art world. On the other hand, one can identifiy country-specific references to the history, society and most of all to the nature of the country.

The exhibition opens on 7 June and will be on view until 11 August 2019.

Image: Kari Vehosalo, Wanderers IV, 2019.

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Vesa-Pekka Rannikko at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s exhibition Limbo at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte opened on Friday 31 May.

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s two artworks at the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte are based on intermediate states of uncertainty, isolation, and endless expectations. Both the video installation Limbo, built in the gallery space, and the animated drawing Multi-faith Prayer Room, projected on the gallery wall, are associative, party-personal peregrinations—mixing artificial structures of culture with nature-related imagery. The works outline the boundary that emerges when a constructed fictional reality meets an aspiration for an authentic experience.

The exhibition is on view until 28 June. 

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