Jorma Puranen at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Jorma Puranen’s extensive solo exhibition Museum Meditations is on display 30 June – 8 November 2020 at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku.

The photographic works of Jorma Puranen are a study in history, art, ethnography, anthropology and geography. His images dive deep into archived images and knowledge as well as the histories of our arctic regions. Our sense of cultural memory is explored through themes that span centuries. Puranen aims to unveil hidden histories, stories left in the margins and places that have been forgotten. At the same time the process of photography grounds his work in the present moment.

This exhibtion is presented on two floors and includes some of the artist’s most extensively developed series as well as recent works.

Image: Jorma Puranen Icy Prospects 65, 2014, 146 x 180 cm, pigment print

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Grönlund-Nisunen at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

Grönlund-Nisunen’s extensive retrospective exhibition Flow with Matter is on view at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum until November 2020. Flow with Matter is Grönlund-Nisunen´s first solo exhibition in China, and the first foreign exhibition in Shanghai after quarantine of Covid-19. 

“Reaching beyond the visible phenomena, Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen have perceived, in their explorations, nature´s true intentions. Their inquiries do not stem out of surface manifestations, but out of genuine enthusiasm for the living world. Seemingly hard and fast logic of the world is all too often taken for granted, then reduced to a lifeless dataset. The two artists reverse this process. Through a variety of interdisciplinary tactics, they re-examine the sonic and visual flux of nature, its phenomena and transformations, to re-ignite our curiosity in the world, and raise our awareness of the consequences of our own behavior.

Grönlund-Nisunen´s architectural and kinetic installations are minimal yet poetic, restrained and precise in their expressive language, and rigorously rational. Instead of creating works that are emotionally ‘loud’, the artists´ speech is latent, leaving the audience enough space to discover and think for themselves.”
– Ma Nan, curator of the exhibition.

Image: Electromagnet, 2020, installation | Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.


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Felt the Moonlight on my Feet by Jani Ruscica, Suzanna Pezo and Sam Watson

Felt the Moonlight on my Feet is a collaborative work by Jani Ruscica and tap-dancer Suzanna Pezo developed with producer and curator Sam Watson. The work is a newly conceived iteration of an ongoing collaborative project, specifically in the context of our current, shared situation, with a series of five live performative readings broadcast live across the internet via existing streaming platforms throughout the month of June.

For the first iteration of Felt the Moonlight on my Feet tap dancer Suzanna Pezo was presented with three pieces of poetry chosen by Ruscica in part due to their political and social censorship during the course of their existence. Each poem was translated into Morse Code, itself then further translated and interpreted by Pezo into a piece for tap, performed using specially crafted shoes utilising wool-felt in place of the usual metal-taps.

In this latest development of the work, conceived especially for the context of online-streaming,  Suzanna Pezo will translate the poem ‘Song of Myself’ by American humanist, poet, essayist and journalist Walt Whitman (1819–1892) into a new dance piece.

The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes’ Together Alone project has commissioned a series of new, live performances of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. The performative ‘readings’ will take place 5 times, broadcast live from the location of Pezo’s studio and her surroundings in Antwerp, Belgium. Consistent with Ruscica, Pezo and Watson’s practices to date, the collaborative work explores the intersections between language, place, culture, sculpture, sound, theatre and performance, posing questions relating to the processes of translation, cultural representation and communication.

Felt the Moonlight on my Feet streaming online in June every Tuesday at 20:00 (CET) via

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Galerie Anhava re-opens June 4th with Essi Kuokkanen & Underground: Elina Vainio

Galerie Anhava is happy to re-open its doors from June 4th onwards with exhibitions by Essi Kuokkanen and Elina Vainio.
Essi Kuokkanen (b. 1991) showcases her new paintings in the solo exhibition on the main floor of the gallery from 4 to 26 June. Kuokkanen’s surrealistic works address many fundamental issues of life, such as the relationship with nature and the difficulty of communication. 

Elina Vainio’s (b. 1981) site-specific installation is on view at the lower level of the gallery as part of the Anhava Underground series. In her recent work, Vainio has proceeded towards questions concerning the diversity of life and its present-day prerequisites.

Please note that owing to current special requirements no opening reception of the exhibition will be held. The exhibition opens on June 4th at 11 am. We kindly ask that you keep safe distances and maintain hand hygiene when visiting the gallery. Please refrain from visiting the exhibition if you have any symptoms of illness.

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Kristján Gudmundsson at i8 Gallery

Kristján Gudmundsson’s exhibition Mostly Drawings is on display 14 May – 20 June 2020 at i8 Gallery in Reykjavik. It is Gudmundsson’s sixth solo show at the gallery.

“This career long engagement with drawing has successively focused—with an uncanny intensity and wit—on reductive aspects of drawing. While each work has its own set of elements and concerns, collectively the work presses at the edges of drawing in the modern age. Gudmundsson’s work, like all great drawing, elicits an attention to how we connect to the material facts, and nothingness, of the world.”
– Gavin Morrison

Watch a walk-through of the exhibition here.

Image: Kristján Gudmundsson Drawing, Helvetica Medium, 2007, solid graphite, bolts, 176 x 128 x 6 cm | i8 Gallery

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Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s new public video work unveiled in Vantaa

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s new commissioned public artwork Sparrow Talk in Koivukylä Vantaa is now unveiled. The work has been commissioned by the City of Vantaa.

Sparrow is one of the widest spread bird species and very well adopted to urban settings. Through the shape of a sparrow and the text written by poet Pauli Tapio Sparrow Talk reflects the relationship between the bird and its environment but also communication and the multiplicity of languages – both human and animal.

The work includes two separate videos for day and night time which can be seen on a two-sided window shaped LED-screen installed over the staircase in Rautkallionrinne.

A video presentation of the work (in Finnish) can be found here.

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Galerie Anhava temporarily closed

We have been closely monitoring the instructions of local authorities and in response to the safety recommendations for limiting the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Galerie Anhava will be temporarily closed to the public as of Tuesday 17 March.

Our current exhibition of works by Matti Kujasalo can be viewed by appointment. We will continuously evaluate the situation and will inform about the updates on the gallery’s website and on our social media channels. Gallery operations will continue through remote working and we will be available by email: hanna.huitu(at)

Unfortunately the upcoming solo exhibition by Raimo Reinikainen as well as the Anhava Underground exhibition by Juhana Moisander will be postponed. The exhibitions were scheduled to open on 2 April.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery again.

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Anna Tuori at Suzanne Tarasieve

Anna Tuori’s second solo show at Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve in Paris runs from 14 March to 2 May 2020. The Never Seen a Bag Exploding exhibition presents her new drawings and paintings, including the Walkers series.

“The first word that comes to mind when I look at the works of Anna Tuori is restless. There are restless ‘walkers’ populating her paintings, ready to go but also wanting to stay. A restless hand made the paintings, moving over the surface, adding scribbles and patches in different places. And the resulting works never rest; they appear active, vibrant, and alive (…)” – Jurriaan Benschop

Santeri Tuori at Purdy Hicks

The Purdy Hicks Gallery in London is showing a solo exhibition of photographer Santeri Tuori from 28 February to 28 March 2020. For the new Water Lilies series, Tuori photographed ponds over a period of time; the works are layered images on top of each other taken from the same spot at different times. As a result, the image becomes abstracted – no longer a specific record of the original pond and water lilies photographed by Tuori, but more the essence and memory of the place.

Image: Water Lilies #9, 2019, pigment print, 93.5 x 70 cm

Kari Vehosalo at the Oulu Museum of Art

Works by Kari Vehosalo are on view at the Oulu Museum of Art from 29 February to 26 April 2020. The Displaced – The Archaeology of Refugees exhibition examines how people displaced by the Second World War have become accepted or rejected by their new communities, what the process of forced immigration has been like, and what kinds of stories the memory constructs out of it. The exhibition is based on a collaboration of researchers and artists.

Image: Kari Vehosalo, Finnhorse II, 2020, oil on canvas, 155 x 195 cm

Gallery Talks: Heini Aho

Welcome to the Gallery Talks event on Saturday 29 February at 1pm. Artist Heini Aho will talk about her current solo exhibition ‘Pastel Lemon Yellow Soft Passive Aggressive’ at the gallery. Please notice that the event will be in Finnish.

Grönlund-Nisunen at Shangai Minsheng Art Museum

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum will host an extensive retrospective exhibition Flow with Matter of works by Grönlund-Nisunen. Along with the earlier production of the artist duo, the exhibition will also include new artworks. The internationally acknowledged artists Tommi Grönlund (b. 1967) and  Petteri Nisunen (b. 1962) have showcased their works in numerous private and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad.

With their backgrounds in architecture, Grönlund-Nisunen’s art addresses issues of space and physical phenomena, such as gravity, magnetism or the movement of light, through the sophisticated installations. Using technology, sound and light as the primary material, their precisely constructed artworks crystallise and encapsulate these phenomena we tend to regard as self-evident.

Flow with Matter will open in May/June 2020. The exhibition is curated by Ma Nan.

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Time Is No Longer Round – an illustrated publication on Santeri Tuori’s photography

Hatje Cantz has published a new illustrated art book on Santeri Tuori’s photography. The publication is titled Time Is No Longer Round, including texts by Timothy Persons, Alistair Hicks and Birta Gudjonsdottir.

Santeri Tuori’s (b. 1970) compositions of trees and clouds are fascinating photography montages made up of several layers of images. The result is nearly abstract, complex images of nature. The eye is no longer guided toward a vanishing point around which the image is organised – instead, viewers enjoy a wealth of new perspectives.

Explorations – the Lars Göran Johnsson Collection on view at the Turku Art Museum

The Explorations exhibition at the Turku Art Museum gives an overview to the art collection of Lars Göran Johnsson (b. 1930), one of the foremost private art collectors in Finland. He donated the collection of over 500 artworks to the art museum in 2016, and it has continued to grow since. The Lars Göran Johnsson Collection exhibition includes works by Kari Cavén, Jacob Dahlgren, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Jani Hänninen, Pertti Kekarainen, Matti Kujasalo, Elina Merenmies, Silja Rantanen and Mari Sunna, among other artists.

The multifaceted collection reflects Johnsson’s mobile lifestyle and interest in current events and trends. His work as doctor and researcher took him to the United States in the 1970’s, and today he divides his time between Finland and France. The collection includes alongside Nordic art also American and Central European art. The exhibition opens up vistas onto international modernism and contemporary art.

Explorations is on view from 24 January to 17 May 2020.

Image: Silja Rantanen, What I Know of Burano, 1998, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Photo Erkki Valli-Jaakola/Pori Art Museum

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Jacob Dahlgren at Stavanger kunstmuseum

Jacob Dahlgren’s first exhibition in a Norwegian art museum is now on view at Stavanger kunstmuseum. The works of the exhibition focus on the possibilities of nonfigurative art. Dahlgren also invites the public to participate – exploring the potential of colour and form through workshops and diverse social activities.

The exhibition is open until 31 December 2020.

Gallery Talks: Jussi Niva

Welcome to the Gallery Talks event on Sunday 26 January at 2pm. Artist Jussi Niva will talk about his current solo exhibition Matter at the gallery. Please notice that the event will be in Finnish.