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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Gallery Talks: Päivikki Alaräihä

Päivikki Alaräihä will discuss her artistic practice and current solo exhibition May at the gallery on Saturday 18 May 2019 at 2 pm. Please notice that the event will be in Finnish. Welcome!

Antti Laitinen at Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum

Antti Laitinen takes part in the group show The Storm Station at Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum in Punkaharju, Finland. The exhibition opened on 26 April 2019 and is on view until 12 January 2020. 

The Storm Station is an interpretation of storms and related experiences through different art forms, science and cultural research. The works in the Storm Station project highlight features such as the history and interpretation of storms from folklore to the present day, the birth of storms, and people’s experiences and memories of storms.”

Image: The Storm Station, Antti Laitinen © Timo Kilpeläinen.

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Hanna Huitu appointed new CEO of Galerie Anhava – Ilona Anhava will continue as the gallery’s Senior Advisor

Hanna Huitu, 41, Master of Political Sciences and Master of Fine Arts, has been appointed CEO of Galerie Anhava. She has worked at Galerie Anhava since 2003 as a coordinator and assistant director and has served in various expert capacities in the arts.

During the past three years, Hanna Huitu has worked alongside Ilona Anhava, the founder of Galerie Anhava and its previous CEO, in planning the programme and strategy of the gallery, being responsible for contacts with artists, financial administration and international art-fair and development projects.

“My new role as CEO feels inspiring and challenging at the same time. A solid and interesting programme of exhibitions is, of course, at the core of our activities. Alongside it, our main tasks consist of international projects, serving artists and clientele and the marketing of art. As CEO, I also want to work to help new audiences and generations of art collectors discover Galerie Anhava and our fine artists”, Huitu describes her aims.

Ilona Anhava, who founded the gallery in 1991, is retiring and moving on from her position as CEO to serve in an advisory capacity. Anhava will still be on the board of the gallery and serve as its senior advisor.

“I have worked with Hanna for well over a decade and I’ve come to know her not only as someone who is widely read, but also as a highly reliable and conscientious person with intuition. We hold similar views of the values of the gallery, its procedures and mission and the future that we want it to have. Furthermore, Hanna may also be slightly more diplomatic than me, which might not necessarily be a disadvantage. I am very grateful that she has chosen to accept this challenge”, says Anhava.

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