Grönlund-Nisunen on view in Beijing

The artist duo Grönlund-Nisunen takes part in WAVELENGTH: At the Moment group exhibition at Times Art Museum in Beijing, China. The exhibition is on view until 14 June 2021 and will later tour to Chengdu and Chongqing.

18 contemporary artists from different cultural and artistic backgrounds have been invited to create an interactive, unprecedented exhibition experience, transforming the site “into a junction point between time, space and reality”, with art as a medium of connection. The viewer becomes a “time traveler”, shuttling between different exhibition scenes that has been divided into four tenses: Past Future, Present Continuous, Present Simple and Future Continuous.

“Time is eternal, while space has no boundary. As the connection point of the two, people connect time and space together, and generate the spark of thought and philosophical meditation”, says curator Zhao Yan.

The works displayed from Grönlund-Nisunen are 24 Hours (2005), Lines and Circles (2007) and Pneumatic Cloud (2007/2021).

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Santeri Tuori on view in Mänttä and Clervaux

Santeri Tuori’s partly retrospective solo show Posing time is on view at Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä until 6 March 2022. In his photographs and video works Tuori examines the dimensions of time and nature, breaking up images into parts and reassembling them by combining the elements into a harmonious whole. A single image, like condensed time, is constructed of pictures taken over a long period. In addition images of nature, the exhibition includes a series of moving portraits. Some of the works of the exhibition are now seen for the first time in Finland. 

In Clervaux, Luxembourg, Tuori’s works from series Forest and Sky are on view until 25 March 2022. Clervaux – cité de l’image is an organisation dedicated to the medium of contemporary photography. The images are hung in large scale under the open sky, spreading all over the town and its gardens. “Santeri Tuori’s photographs seem like pictures from a parallel world, a universe which underlies the law of time while moving and existing outside of human paradigms.” (A. Meyer)

Also, Tuori’s photobook Time is No Longer Round  has been nominated as the finalist for Photobook Award of the year award by Association of Photographic Artists and the Finnish Museum of Photography.

Image: Sky 7, 2012, 55,5 x 45 cm, pigment print mounted under acrylic

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Antti Laitinen’s new public art work completed in Jyväskylä

Viivasto, a new public art work by Antti Laitinen has been completed in Ruusupuisto, Jyväskylä. The installation was commissioned by the City of Jyväskylä.

The materials used in the work are geometric grids of steel mesh panels and planted rowan trees, standing out against light elements. Seen from the air, the elements form a cross resembling a marking on a map. In autumn and winter, when the trees are bare, the work resembles a reduced line drawing, forming new patterns depending on the direction of the viewer. In spring, when the trees are in bloom, the work gets a colorful canopy. In summer and autumn, during the rowan berry season, it provides shelter and food for birds.

“The key elements of the work are playing with two- and three-dimensionality, the contrasts of light and shadow, and the juxtaposition of natural and controlled growth,” says Laitinen. “In the beginning rowans are still quite delicate, but over the years they grow and strengthen, so the ratio of the trees to the grid is constantly changing.”

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Tor Arne’s exhibition postponed

Tor Arne’s solo exhibition, planned to open next week, has  been postponed and will take place next year. The replacing programme will soon be announced, and meanwhile our current exhibition Silja Rantanen: Tesserae will be extended for one more week, until 21 March.

Image: Tor Arne, Painting 11, 2015-2018, oil pastel on paper, 40 x 55 cm

Hreinn Fridfinnsson at WAM

Hreinn Fridfinnsson takes part in Uncertain Horizon group exhibition at WAM Turku City Art Museum, on view until 16 May 2021. 

The exhibition observes the changing sea around us and the emotional states reflected by it. Responsibility, consequence, vulnerability and the co-existence of humans and nature are examined through the works of contemporary international and Finnish artists. What we see in the horizon and under the rippling surface depends on the choices we make today. Things that we have taken for granted might become uncertain in the future.

WAM accepts limited number of visitors at a time. Exhibition visits need to be booked in advance.

Image: Hreinn Fridfinnsson, I have seen the sea through my tears | Courtesy of Museum Centre of Turku

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Grönlund–Nisunen’s new public art installation completed in Kalasatama

Triad, a new public art work by Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen has been completed in Kalasatama Comprehensive School, Helsinki. The work, commisioned by HAM Helsinki Art Museum, is a colourful light installation embedded into the wall of the school cafeteria.

The installation consists of three circles, created with LED strips with regularly changing colours, studying possible corresponds between musical triads and the tricolour combinations. The seven-colour palette, based on the ideas of physicist Sir Isaac Newton, can be seen as similar to the octave in Western music, which includes seven whole tones.

“Many of our works involve randomness, which is often based on natural phenomena, such as the fluctuations in radioactive background radiation. Even if its average stays constant, there may be vast variations within a short period of time. The works have a life of their own within specifically set threshold values for the works’ control systems. What’s fascinating about randomness is that, despite our rational efforts, life is always random in the end,” the artists say.

Photo: HAM / Kirsi Halkola

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Kari Vehosalo at Sara Hildén Art Museum

Kari Vehosalo’s extensive retrospective exhibition at Sara Hildén Art Museum opened last weekend and is on view until 23 May 2021. The exhibition occupies the whole museum, offering a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre so far.

Kari Vehosalo’s art is rooted in reality and based on a critical examination of it. The imagery of the history of art, the concepts of philosophy and psychology and the facts and fictions of Hollywood all constitute starting points for Vehosalo’s works. At the heart of it are light and darkness and the beauty and terror of being.

In Vehosalo’s paintings, technical skill is combined with an imagery of cool beauty, in which a monochromatic palate lends a distancing effect to images of reality depicted with photographic exactitude. In his pictures he tends to place some disturbing element that shatters our sense of familiarity and security – and thereby summons up questions. For him art means above all deliberation.

A richly illustrated book containing articles by the philosophers Sanna Tirkkonen and Juha Varto is published in conjunction with the exhibition, and is also available at Galerie Anhava.

YLE interviewed Vehosalo right before the opening of the exhibition. Watch the video here (the interview is in Finnish).

Photo: Sakari Piippo

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Jussi Niva at Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne

Jussi Niva takes part in Sculptural.Painting. group exhibition at Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne, on view until 6 March 2021. The thematic group exhibition is formed around the work of Niva, the winner of Art Matters Open Call last April, and highlights artistic processes that address a hybridisation of painting and sculpture.

“With a deliberate focus on wall-based works, we present sculptural forms in which the boundaries between painting and sculpture are explored, blurred and suspended. Because these objects, while possessing dimensional qualities, inhabit the wall, a place traditionally occupied by painting, they reference painting yet function beyond it.”

Image: Jussi Niva, Innermost, 2018, oil on board | Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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Galerie Anhava viewing room launched

Galerie Anhava is happy to launch its online viewing room – a platform that offers the viewer an online experience of our exhibitions, artists and their work. 

We welcome you to have a look at the ongoing exhibition and browse the recent works by artist Jani Hänninen, as well as a collection of graphic prints and unseen paper works. Read more about the methods behind Hänninen’s artistic work from Odd One Out – Inner flow, a text by Aleksandra Oilinki based on discussions with the artist, and have a glimpse at one of the artist’s many notebooks, filled to the brim with sketches and drawings.

Enter the viewing room: https://galerieanhava.viewingrooms.com

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Mari Sunna at Galerie Burster in Karlsruhe

Mari Sunna’s solo exhibition Passed is on display at Galerie Burster in Karlsruhe until 24 April 2021.

“Just like us and our various states of mind themselves, her (Sunna’s) figures simply exist and yet reveal something that goes beyond the actual motif and tells us so much more than what we see. They seem incredibly close to us – in times of digital communication culture, when we long for real, authentic feelings – and especially today, in a moment when everything that used to be ‘normal’ has suddenly passed away, a moment when physical closeness is indefinitely disrupted by closures and social distance bans.” 

Image: Servant, 2020, oil on canvas, 41 x 41 cm

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Visiting Galerie Anhava

From 14 January on, we are again open according to our regular opening hours, Tuesday–Friday 11 – 17 and Saturday–Sunday 12 – 16.

To guarantee a safe visit to all, please note that we limit the number of visitors to 5 persons at a time, and require our visitors to wear a face mask. We have hand sanitizer and masks available at the gallery.

We kindly ask that you keep safe distances and maintain hand hygiene when visiting the gallery. Please refrain from visiting the exhibition if you are feeling even slightly ill. 

If you would like to visit the exhibition privately, please contact us at galerie(at)anhava.com or +358 9 669 989.

We wish you a pleasant and safe visit!

 

Image: Jani Hänninen, installation view
Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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