Heini Aho at Gallery Fikka, Porvoo Art Hall

“Why is the skin of the cucumber green and why is it so light inside? Is its liquid possibly the most important of all liquids? This, and many other things where on the artist Heini Ahos mind, when she woke up from her dream in the middle of the night realising that she knows very little about this weird Fruit.”

Heini Aho’s installation Surreal Salad is on view at Gallery Fikka, Porvoo Art Hall until 25 October 2020.

Image: Heini Aho, Surreal Salad (2020), installation (still)

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Mari Sunna at Galerie Burster in Berlin

Mari Sunna’s first solo show Passed at Galerie Burster in Berlin is on view until 24 September 2020. 

“Just like us and our various mental states themselves, her figures simply exist, and yet at the same time reveal something that goes beyond the motif itself and tells so much more than what we see. 

Sunna’s paintings touch in a very intimate, intuitive way, addressing something unspeakable deep inside us, where we recognize ourselves and through which we feel connected to each other.“

Image: JUST FINE, 2020, oil on canvas, 65 x 60 cm. 

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Anna Tuori: Meet the Artist & Gallery Talks

Welcome to meet the artist Anna Tuori and to hear about and discuss about her creative practice and her current solo exhibition Window | Ikkuna | Fönster at the following events:  

Gallery Talks I, Sunday 13 September at 2 pm:
Anna Tuori will discuss her artistic practice and her current solo exhibition with philosopher Kai Alhanen.

Meet the Artist, Wednesday 16 September from 3 to 5 pm:
Anna Tuori will be present at the gallery to discuss and answer questions about her creative practice and her current solo exhibition.  

Gallery Talks II, Thursday 24 September at 4 pm:
Anna Tuori will discuss her artistic practice and the current solo exhibition with gallerist Hanna Huitu.

The health of our visitors and staff is a priority for us. Please sign up for the Gallery Talks -events (Sun 13 September and Thu 24 September) beforehand at galerie@anhava.com 

We kindly ask you to wear a mask during these events. 

The discussions will be held in Finnish.

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Kari Vehosalo at Lappeenranta Art Museum

Kari Vehosalo takes part in The Displaced – The Archaeology of Refugees group exhibition at Lappeenranta Art Museum, which is on view until 4 October 2020. 

“The artworks of this exhibition have been born in a new dialogic collaboration project where researchers from the University of Oulu and a group of artists have explored the same historical source materials with the aim of finding a common language and developing communication. The Displaced opens both universal and private perspectives to Finnish war refugees as well as the emigration and immigration movements of our time.”

Image: Kari Vehosalo, Finnhorse I, 2020, oil on canvas | Jussi Tiainen

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Galerie Anhava at CHART De-centred

Galerie Anhava has the pleasure to present paintings by Anne-Karin Furunes and Essi Kuokkanen at CHART De-centred.

The eighth edition of CHART will take place in a new de-centred format across the Nordic capitals from 28 – 30 August. The art fair will not take place at Charlottenborg in Copenhagen this year, but within the exhibiting galleries’ own spaces in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavík and Stockholm.

The works by Anne-Karin Furunes and Essi Kuokkanen will be presented at Galerie Anhava’s office and showroom in Helsinki 28 – 30 August 2020. Visit CHART’s website for the full 2020 programme and registration.

Preview the stand on Artsy.

Image: Anne-Karin Furunes (left) and Essi Kuokkanen (right), photos: Vegar Moen and Matti Kunttu.

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A K Dolven’s Untuned Bell in Oslo

The untuned town hall bell, which was removed from its 48 fellow bells in the tower of Oslo City Hall in year 2000, is on its way back to its old neighborhood. Today 22 August, the artwork will be installed at Honnørbrygga on Rådhusplassen in Oslo.

A K Dolven discovered this 1.4-ton bell mute on the ground and has conserved its voice. Untuned Bell is installed close to the City Hall at Honnørbrygga, one of the quays adjacent to Rådhusplassen, The City Hall Square. The bell hangs suspended from a 30-metre wire strung between two 20-metre steel columns, directly opposite its former home, with the sea and sky as a backdrop.

A “Cry Baby” pedal, of the same type used by rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and others, has been set onto the ground. By pushing the pedal, the audience can call forth sound from the shunned, out-of-tune and long-silenced bell.

Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin has composed a specially commissioned work for Untuned Bell – each day over the course of a week, the composition gradually activates the bells remaining in the City Hall’s carillon. One by one, they join in. As always, when an outcast is welcomed back into the fold, only a few initially dare to speak out on the outcast’s behalf. The composition will be performed in connection with the bell’s return. Close to its original home, the bell can once again converse with its former community at the top of the tower.

Curator: Kristine Jærn Pilgaard

Image: Vegar Moen

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Meet the Artist: Antti Laitinen

Welcome to meet the artist Antti Laitinen on Sunday 23 August from 2 pm to 4 pm. Laitinen will be present at the gallery to discuss and answer questions about his creative practice and his current solo exhibition Broken Landscape. 

Antti Laitinen’s practice has long revolved around trees and the forest. He may, for example, cut a tree to pieces and then reconstruct it, encase the tree in a piece of armour made from sheet metal, or cover the tree with nails.

In this exhibition, as the name of the exhibition already implies, Antti Laitinen focuses on photographs from the Broken Landscape series. These works can be regarded as pieces of dialogue with the trees and the bushes. On the one hand, Laitinen uses the bushes as visual elements; on the other hand, he lets us see things which would normally remain out of sight. By cutting holes into the bushes and forming circles by bending the branches, he lets us look either through the bushes or straight into the forest. The overall shape of the work is memorable, balanced and absurdly beautiful.

Image: Nail Cube, 2016, wood, nails, 28 x 28 x 28 cm.

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Heli Hiltunen at Heinola Art Museum

Heli Hiltunen’s exhibition Sydän on ontto lihas is on view at Heinola Art Museum until 6 September 2020. 

Heli Hiltunen’s works – paintings, collages and photographs – are entities of sensory perception and the memory, understanding and replication of seeing. They are combined and linked by viewing, remembering and the aim of creating a joint interface for the artist and the viewer.

Image: Wind Nest (Shelter for the Unsheltered), 2016, pigment print, 79 x 123 cm.

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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 feltthemoonlight.xyz

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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)anhava.com.

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.