New public works by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko unveiled

Two new public works, Phoenix and Welcome, by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko have been unveiled at the Koivutori square in Vantaa.

Phoenix consists of a large bird pattern painted and illuminated on the surface of the asphalt, round seating areas, and cherry tree plantings. With the flame red evening lighting, designed by Ari Tiilikainen, the Phoenix bird is reborn at nightfall. The starting point of the work was the Phoenix fable, which is familiar in many cultures and mythologies.

In the work Welcome, multilingual greetings cut out of steel decorate the edges of Residential activity facility Kirnu’s roof. In the text, the word ‘Welcome’ is repeated in 14 languages spoken in the area. The residents were involved in the implementation of the work: they were asked to write a welcome greeting in their native language and own handwriting.

The works are added to the collection of Vantaa Art Museum.


Photo: Vesa-Pekka Rannikko

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“The works have become my friends.” –Vexi Salmi

Works by Kari Cavén, Jorma Hautala, Heli Hiltunen, Jani Hänninen, Pertti Kekarainen, Anne Koskinen and Jorma Puranen are on view as part of a commemorative exhibition Vexi Salmi and Friends at Hämeenlinna Art Museum, running from 25 November 2022 until 22 October 2023.

Veikko Olavi “Vexi” Salmi (21 Sep 1942 – 8 Sep 2020) collected a large art collection during his life, which he donated to his hometown and its art museum in 2010. This year would have marked Salmi’s 80th birthday, which Hämeenlinna Art Museum celebrates with the commemorative exhibition, showcasing comprehensively works from the Vexi Salmi Collection. The general public knows Salmi as the lyricist, record producer and song writer, but he was also a passionate collector and connoisseur of fine art – the collection has more than 550 works or series of works, including paintings, drawings, graphics, photographic art and sculptures. Many of the artists also became Salmi’s close friends.


Image: Jani Hänninen, Less is More, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

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Third part of a collaborative project by Antti Laitinen completed in Sweden

One Tree Four Seasons: Season III, the third part of a collaborative work between artist Antti Laitinen and architect-artist Ulf Mejergren, has been completed.

In Nykvarn, Sweden, Laitinen and Mejergren create four different artworks from one tree – one for each season – with available material found in nature. For their third part of the project, started in late October, the artists collected leaves fallen from the tree and the surrounding forest and placed them inside the woven nest structure. “With an artificial wind we made them move around and upwards and then fall again. A large portion of the leaves left the structure through the hole where real wind joined our man-made storm”, Laitinen and Mejergren write.

A photographic documentation of Season I, the first part of the project, was seen at Galerie Anhava in June 2022 as part of the group exhibition Openings. See all the previous parts of the project and watch a video documentation of part three behind the link.


Photo: Courtesy of the artists

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Karoliina Hellberg on view at the new Café Savoy

Karoliina Hellberg’s new large-scale painting Ne m’oublie pas has been placed in the newly opened Café Savoy in Helsinki. The painting is a lush combination of elements characteristic to Hellberg’s works, such as fountains, forget-me-nots, onions and oysters. Like at the original Restaurant Savoy, which just turned 85 this year, design and art are in an important role at Café Savoy. The late Maire Gullichsen, the founder of Restaurant Savoy, Helena Puolakka, the current Chef Patron, and Hellberg all share a love for southern French lifestyle and cuisine.

Photo: Anton Sucksdorff

Matti Kujasalo on view in Berlin

Matti Kujasalo’s solo exhibition Paintings opened last weekend at Galerie Friese in Berlin. The focus of the exhibition is on the paintings he has created in recent years and on his current paintings, in which colour plays an increasingly central role. Kujasalo created the foundations of his reduced vocabulary as early as the mid-1970s, from which he continues to draw new pictorial inventions to this day: line, dot, circle and square.

The exhibition runs through 14 January 2023.

Image: Matti Kujasalo, Painting, 14.7.2016, acrylic on canvas, ø 65 cm. Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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Noora Schroderus and Santeri Tuori in Mänttä

Works by Noora Schroderus and Santeri Tuori are on view in the group exhibition Morning Coffee on the Roof of a Town at the Serlachius museum Gösta in Mänttä. The exhibition is a vantage point over discussion topics on the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation’s contemporary art collection. Around sixty works are featured in the exhibition, and gathered under eight different themes: borders, heroes, roots, hometown, present, unprotected, roles and nature.

The exhibition runs from 5 November 2022 until 16 April 2023. 


Image: Santeri Tuori, Nightfall Tokyo, 2009/2016, HD video projection on backlit film, rearprojection, framed, duration: 7:45, no sound

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Heini Aho and Antti Laitinen at Kiasma

Heini Aho and Antti Laitinen take part in the group exhibition Navigating North – Works from the Wihuri Foundation Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. The exhibition showcases Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation’s contemporary art collection, with a focus on works by artists from or working in Northern Finland. The exhibition features works by 48 artists, and runs until 2 April 2023.

“The exhibition looks north, featuring numerous artists who either come from northern Finland or reside there, highlighting themes related to the natural environment and local communities. One of its primary thematic concerns is the relationship between humans and nature. It portrays how nature is a source of life and strength, but also an object of control and exploitation upon which humans have left their imprint.” –Kiasma

Image: Antti Laitinen, Attempt to Split the Sea, 2006, c-print, Diasec

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Anne Koskinen and Noora Schroderus on view in Salo

Anne Koskinen and Noora Schroderus take part in the group exhibition Überhund – Art’s Fascinating Dogs at Salo Art Museum, from 24 September to 8 January 2023. The exhibition tells about the unique relationship between humans and dogs by presenting the various roles of the dog in the visual arts. Traditionally, dogs in art have been associated with, for example, security, loyalty, companionship, or cuteness. In addition, Überhund raises questions about the dog’s political and ethical aspects. Displayed are over 100 works from around 50 artists. The exhibition is curated by Susanna Luojus. 

Image: Noora Schroderus, Elephant, 2016, pigment print, photosec

Heini Aho on view in Kiel

Heini Aho takes part in a group exhibition Nature Morte – Still Alive. Contemporary Still Life in Finnish Arts at Stadtgalerie Kiel in Germany, from 18 September until 27 November. The group exhibition explores the intentions and techniques with which Finnish artists deal with the genre of still life today. The traditional motifs of still life are inanimate objects, mostly taken from everyday life, especially food and objects from flora and fauna. Often the depictions also had a coded, moral message: memento mori – remember that you will die. In contemporary context, due to new medias and topics of our complex time, the genre of still life remains an interesting and fascinating field. The exhibition is curated by Ritva Röminger-Czako.


Image: Heini Aho, Surreal Salad, 2022, soft foam, acryl, plywood, video. Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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Grönlund–Nisunen on view in Palma

A solo exhbition by artist duo Grönlund–Nisunen is on view at La Bibi gallery, in Palma, Mallorca, from 16 to 24 September 2022 as part of Nit de l’Art event.

“Known worldwide for their interdisciplinary practice, they [Grönlund–Nisunen] reexamine through their work the sonic and visual flow of nature, its movements and transformations, to reactivate people’s curiosity about the world. As a result of their constant observation and research on the phenomena of nature, they invite the viewer to take their time to find, meditate and discover.” – La Bibi


Image: Levitation, 2012, mixed media. Photo: Tommi Grönlund

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Second part of a collaborative project by Antti Laitinen completed in Sweden

One Tree Four Seasons: Season II, the second part of a collaborative work between artist Antti Laitinen and architect/artist Ulf Mejergren, is now finished.

In Nykvarn, Sweden, Laitinen and Mejergren will create four different artworks from one tree, one for each season, with available material found in nature. For the second part of the project, which started in August this year, the artists collected hay from the surrounding field to create a floor and seating inside the structure as well as inner walls while the tree crown became the roof. A concert performed by the local string quartet Julikvartetten was held inside the structure as a homage to the tree.

A photographic documentation of Season I, the first part of the project, was seen at Galerie Anhava in June 2022 as part of the group exhibition Openings.


Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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New public work by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko unveiled in Seinäjoki

Vahdit, a new public artwork by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko has been unveiled in Seinäjoki, Finland. The work consists of three owl sculptures attached to street light poles at the Björkenheim bridge. Like the nocturnal animal, the work comes to life in the dark: the eyes of the owls act as lamps, casting beams of light on the street surface and water. Rannikko describes the guarding owls as bringers of light, protecting those crossing the bridge. Design language of the sculptures comes from real and imaginary: they are a kind of hybrids, referring to stories, technology, and biology.

The public art project was coordinated by Kunsthalle Seinäjoki.


Photo: Vesa-Pekka Rannikko

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Jacob Dahlgren in Waldenbuch, Paris and Istanbul

Jacob Dahlgren’s playful, colourful and immersive works are on view in several exhibitions this upcoming autumn and winter. At Museum Ritter, is Waldenbuch, the visitors can envelop and conceal themselves inside Dahlgren’s ribbon cube, The Wonderful World of Abstraction. In Istanbul, the group exhibition ThisPlay revolves around the concepts of childhood and play, aiming to explore its liberating aspects. Also in Paris, the Venez jouer avec l’art art fair encourages the viewer to see, touch and get carried away by contemporary art. 

When Play Makes Art
Museum Ritter, Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter
Waldenbuch, Germany
Until 18 September 2022

Venez jouer avec l’art !
LA FFAC Centquatre
Paris, France
19 September 2022 – 29 January 2023

This Play
Istanbul, Turkey
Until 16 April 2023


Image: Jacob Dahlgren, I, The World, Things, Life, 2007. Courtesy of Arter

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New public art works by Karoliina Hellberg displayed in Helsinki

The renovated Kallio General Upper Secondary School houses a series of four new paintings by Karoliina Hellberg, an alumnus of the school. The series of paintings is titled Lilacs, Anemones and Wind, and it is divided into two pairs located in the stairway of the building. The pairs of paintings are placed opposite each other, like a reflection, and they show the same situation as if from two different perspectives. On the second landing, the pair shows the spatial imagery and highly detailed interiors that Hellberg’s works are known for. The impression of abundance is created by the railings, pillars, decorative furniture and ornamented rugs, along with plants and flowers. On the third landing, the pair leads the viewer into a recurring theme in Hellberg’s paintings: nocturnal gardens and vegetation.

The works are implemented with the Percent for Art principle, dedicating one per cent of the City’s new construction and renovation expenses to the creation of new public art, and added to the City of Helsinki’s art collection managed by HAM.


Photo: HAM / Kirsi Halkola

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Grönlund–Nisunen in Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale

Tommi Grönlund’s and Petteri Nisunen’s work Unstable Matter (2013) is a part of Onoma’s summer exhibition Hidden – forms of the senses, in Fiskars, Finland. The Exhibition, curated by Laura Sarvilinna, is a part of Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, and is open daily until 4 September 2022.

Unstable Matter is borrowed from the collection of the Helsinki Art Museum. In the work, tens of thousands of steel balls roll on an aluminum surface according to which direction the motored surface tilts, making a  soothing, rattling sound and creating changing patterns.

Grönlund-Nisunen makes laws of nature and chance visible, a recently published article on Helsinki Design Weekly’s website, draws a fascinating picture of the two artists, their artistic practice and the 30-year-long career of working together. Read the interview here.


Image: Timo Junttila

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New public work by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko unveiled in Tuusula

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s new public sculpture series Kirjoverkkoperhonen (Scarce Fritillary) was unveiled during the summer in Tuusula, Finland. The body of work consists of forty butterfly sculptures, which are placed on trees, lamp posts and other structures along the light traffic route. The sculptures are made of steel and each one is painted individually.

The work is based on the history and natural environment of the Rykmentinpuisto area. In the past, during the area’s garrison’s activities, the terrain conditions favored the living conditions of the scarce fritillary. Lately, the species has no longer been observed. Alongside Rannikko’s sculptures, different flowering plants are planted in the area, hoping to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Rannikko wants to gently provide the residents of the area with opportunities to look at their surroundings with fresh eyes, and also to remind them of the changes in the natural environment. For him, art is a great tool for experiencing familiar places and routes in a different way.

The work is part of the production of the Rykmentinpuisto art program of Tuusula municipality.


Photo: Courtesy of Vesa-Pekka Rannikko

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Anne Koskinen and Noora Schroderus at Serlachius Art Sauna

Works by Anne Koskinen and Noora Schroderus are featured at the new Serlachius Art Sauna in Mänttä. Standing on the shore of Serlachius Museum Gösta, the architecturally unique sauna building is characterised by the dialogue of art, design, landscape, and architecture. Several of Koskinen’s Findling sculptures are peeking from among the cobblestones at the outside patio, and Schroderus’s Intim Interiör plaster works lead to the unisex restrooms. Other participating artists are for example Jussi Goman, Laura Könönen and Anni Rapinoja.

Anne Koskinen, Findlings, 2014-2017, granite, migmatite. Courtesy of Serlachius Museums, Sampo Linkoneva

Mari Sunna in New York

Between 25 June and 6 August, Mari Sunna will take part in the Universes 5 show at The Hole gallery, New York. This is the 5th iteration of the international group exhibition, this time conceptualized and curated by Saša Bogojev, and previously held in Imola, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris. The Universes 5 brings together a selection of 26 artists that work with painting, sculpture, and installation, focusing on the artists that strongly rely on creating their own spectrums of characters, settings, and/or events. With her work “Twin“ (2020), Mari Sunna pushes the viewer into a fantastical, imaginary sphere and challenges the minds of the viewers with her own perspective and reinvention of reality.

Image: Mari Sunna, Twin, 2020, oil on canvas, 75 x 65 cm

Grönlund–Nisunen’s facade relief revealed

The artist duo Grönlund–Nisunen was invited by SARC Architects to plan a facade for the new Hotel AX in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. The facade relief goes by name Split Views and it consists of 480 pieces of polished and perforated steel plates. The appearance of the sheer relief, which reflects its surroundings, varies according to weather conditions and the time of day and season. In gloomy weather, its surface is enlivened by the movement of reflected clouds. On a clear day, it reflects the sky and, in the evening, the redness of the setting sun. During the dark hours of the day, the vertical look of the façade relief is accentuated by narrow-beam LED lights. In the evenings, the lighting changes subtly and becomes dimmer and more static during the night.

The new concept hotel is dedicated to showcasing a variety of works by established and coming artists in its exterior and interior, inside its lobby and restaurant areas, as well as inside the hotel rooms. One of the artists who has been invited to create an art piece inside one of the rooms is Jussi Niva.

Photos: Petteri Nisunen

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Jussi Niva, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko and Päivi Takala in Mänttä

Jussi Niva, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko and Päivi Takala participate in XXVI Mänttä Art Festival, one of Finland’s leading summer exhibitions of contemporary art. This year’s curator Markus Kåhre has invited 25 artists or artist groups for the exhibition. Along side visual artists, there are musicians, composers, poets, playwrights and performance artists. The result is a multifaceted exhibition in which video, animation, soundscapes and multiple kinds of spaces reside. Most of the artworks are new, planned and created for this year’s festival and its venues. Outside the main Pekilo exhibition hall, there are additional artworks in the Mänttä Church (including one part of Rannikko’s “Palokärki uneksii” work), and on the Taavetinsaari island. In Pekilo, make sure to look up, as some of the works, including Niva’s 3-dimensional painting and Rannikko’s video work are installed high up on the walls and ceilings of the exhibition space.

XXVI Mänttä Art Festival is open everyday from June 12th until August 31 2022.


Image: Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Palokärki uneksii, 2022 | Courtesy of: Minnamaria Koskela / Mänttä Art Festival

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Antti Laitinen’s solo exhibition at WAM

Antti Laitinen’s extensive solo exhibition Flexible landscapes at WAM Turku City Art Museum runs until 19 September 2022. In addition to Laitinen’s most recent works, such as the Broken Landscape photo series, displayed are also some of the artists earlier works, for example, It’s My Island (2007), in which the artist builds his own island in the sea, and Forest Square, which was seen at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

The importance of wood as material is well visible in the exhibition. Laitinen works with wood in many ways, sometimes radically changing its appearance, but still preserving the unique shape and character of a living organism. One of such pieces, Nail Trunk, is situated outside the museum, in Ekoluoto, and will be completed during the exhibition as a result of the work of the artist and the public.


Image: Self-Portrait on the Swamp, 2002, C-print, Diasec

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Pe Lang and Marianthi Papalexadri-Alexandri awarded with the Aurelie Nemours Prize

Pe Lang, with Marianthi Papalexadri-Alexandri, have received the 2021 Aurelie Nemours Prize. The prize is awarded annually by the Aurelie Nemours Foundation, under the auspices of the Institut de France, to an artist, whose work “pursues a rigorous plastic quest with a unique spirituality”.

“Pe Lang creates, sees, listens, discovers and renews himself. He reconciles the opposites: the manual and the artisanal with the immaterial, the slow and the fast, the order and the disorder, the odds and the rigor of the calculation, the immutable and the innumerable games of transformation, the simple and the complex”, the jury declares.

Pe Lang and Marianthi Papalexadri-Alexandri have been collaborating since 2008. An exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Aurelie Nemours Prize, showing a selection of works by each of the laureates, will takes place at the Drawing Lab art space, in Paris, from June 30 to 21 September 2022.

Image: Pe Lang & Marianthi Papalexadri-Alexandri, Galerie Anhava, January 2022. Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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Antti Laitinen and Noora Schroderus at Borås Art Museum

Works by Antti Laitinen and Noora Schroderus are on view in the group exhibition Monstrous Wonders – Finnish contemporary art, at Borås Art Museum in Sweden. The exhibition is dedicated to Finland as an art nation and takes a close look at its contemporary art scene, featuring seven prominent Finnish artists. Other participating names are Anna Estarriola, Ida Koitila, Antti-Ville Reinikainen, Heli Ryhänen and Emma Rönnholm. Current themes such as existential issues, behaviour patterns, world views, mysticism, the environment and power can be traced throughout the exhibition, where the bizarre and the poetic meet the humorous and challenging. The exhibition runs until 11 September 2022.

Image: Antti Laitinen, Broken Landscape VI, 2019, pigment print, diasec, 130x180cm

Essi Kuokkanen in ARS22

Essi Kuokkanen takes part in ARS22 – Living Encounters at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, running through 16 October 2022. Displayed are several new paintings by Kuokkanen, bursting with colour, and speaking of themes such as empathy and the relationship between man and nature. The group show is the tenth instalment in the series of major international contemporary art exhibitions, originally launched in 1961. The exhibition features works by over 50 artists from 20 countries, and is the first to be shown at the newly renovated museum building.

Image: Essi Kuokkanen, Kepinkeräilijät, 2021, oil on canvas, 200 x 140 cm. Photo: Eetu Huhtala

Grönlund–Nisunen at Kunstmuseum Reutlingen

Artist duo Grönlund–Nisunen takes part in the group exhibition On Trickling Away. Concepts of Time in Contemporary Art, on view until 28 August at Kunstmuseum Reutlingen in Germany. Among the works by 13 international artists are Grönlund–Nisunen’s “Falling Water” (2020), “Movement” (2013) and “Time Zones” (2013).

“Instead of attempting to dissolve the paradox between normative time and lived temporality, the selected artists appear to follow Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical dictum: People – as continuously becoming individuals – can experiment with the conditions of life and existence only when they recognise the flow of time.”

Image: Courtesy of the artist

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Noora Schroderus at Taidetila Raami

Noora Schroderus’s solo exhibition Power Relations runs through 28 May at Taidetila Raami in Nokia, Finland. Schroderus works with a variety of materials and techniques, creating subtle, playful and ironic pieces that challenge the structures of hierarchy and power. On view are, among others, works from her Canis Lupus Familiaris and Elephant series, that both focus on a human’s relationship with dogs. The embroidered dog hair portraits demonstrate how a relationship with a dog can sometimes be longer and more meaningful than many interpersonal relationships. The photographs make visible the less frequently admitted fact that pets themselves cannot decide with whom they live and what demands are placed on them; their lot is to adapt to the customs and lifestyle of their owner.

Image: Noora Schroderus, Elephant, 2016, pigment print, fotosec

Jani Ruscica at Kunsthalle Helsinki

Jani Ruscica’s extensive solo show No Dot on the I has opened at Kunsthalle Helsinki and runs through 5 June 2022. In Ruscica’s art the relationship between signs, objects and concepts is an unstable one. Their works evade straightforward interpretation and binary categories, and thrive in a space where they can enjoy freedom of movement. The exhibition is curated by Piia Oksanen.

“In the video work No Dot on the I (2021), materials and sounds test out their own qualities; their legibility and nameability. About Us (refrain to refrain) (2022), a new video to be premiered at Kunsthalle Helsinki, detaches from linguistic communication to rely instead on voice and bodily expression. (…) The wall paintings adapt to the architecture – expanding and stretching out according to the dimensions of the building. The sunlight filtering through the windows projects images into the space, fluid ones, that keep shifting and changing, depending on the time of day and intensity of the light.”

Image: Jani Ruscica, No Dot on the I (still), 2021, 4K video, stereo sound, 10’36” loop

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Heini Aho in Los Angeles

Heini Aho is on view at the Harris Art Gallery, in La Verne, Los Angeles, as part of group exhibition About Place. The exhibition, featuring sculpture, photography, video and installation by nine international artists, explores the ideas of place as geography, architecture, the environment, migration, and home. The aim of the exhibition is to serve not merely as a reflection or simulacra of a place, but an attempt to see how artists create objects and/or experiences that become their own destinations while simultaneously exploring complex ideas and issues.

About Place runs through 12 May 2022.

Image: Heini Aho, The Inner Life of Things, 2019 4K video, stereo, 8 min

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Salla Tykkä at Södertälje Konsthall

Salla Tykkä’s latest video work Europe – Europa (2020) is on view at Södertälje Konsthall in Sweden until 7 May.

In Europe – Europa, an ageing male writer, the artist and her alter-ego all come together. The piece is based on real life events, when Tykkä met the writer in her youth, an encounter that was later used as material in the man’s creative writing. In the film Tykkä returns her gaze back onto the writer, unveiling the artist’s position through the gaze of the camera.

In spring 2022, Tykkä’s video piece Lasso (2000) will also be on view at the Konsthall. In Lasso the main character is played by Saija Lentonen, the same actress as in Europe – Europa. Lasso is in many ways an iconic artwork around the female gaze. How has the subject matter of power and gender shifted over the course of two decades?

Image: Salla Tykkä, Europe – Europa, 2020, video, stereo sound, 45 min

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New public work by Anne-Karin Furunes unveiled at the University of Helsinki

Anne-Karin Furunes’ new commissioned work for the University of Helsinki, featuring the earliest Finnish women academics, was revealed on 28 March 2022. The subjects of her three artworks for the university’s main building are Tekla Hultin, Emma Irene Åström and Karolina Eskelin.

“It’s wonderful that specifically these women got to be the subjects of the work. Archives contain a lot of information on them, but now the general public and the University community also have the chance to see what the women involved in the masculine university world of the past were like,” Furunes says. Her artistic practice often focuses on forgotten, silenced or marginalized histories and people, which she brings to light with her unique perforation technique.

Eskelin was Finland’s first female holder of a doctoral degree. She defended her doctoral thesis in medicine in 1896 and had an impressive career as a doctor. Hultin was the second female doctoral graduate in Finland, with history as her field. She defended her doctoral thesis a little after Eskelin, establishing a career as a feminist and politician. Åström was the first woman in Finland to receive a master’s degree, in 1882. Her field was philosophy.

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A K Dolven, Elina Merenmies and Marko Vuokola at Amos Rex

A K Dolven, Elina Merenmies and Marko Vuokola take part in an extensive international group show The Subterranean, at Amos Rex, in Helsinki, Finland. The exhibition features 101 works by 62 artists, including names such as Louise Bourgeois, Gustave Doré, Magnus Enckell, Pipilotti Rist and Auguste Rodin. The oldest work in the show is from 17th century, while the newest ones were completed just for this exhibition.

The Subterranean explores how artists through the centuries have depicted the worlds beneath our feet. The works take the viewer into the caves and cavities of the earth’s crust, the mythological realms of death, the rabbit holes of literature and traces of the exploitation of the earth beneath our feet. The underground world is enigmatic, exciting, alluring, dangerous and mysterious. There is much more beneath the earth’s surface besides earth, minerals and roots.

The Subterranean opens 2 April and runs through 21 August 2022.

Image: Elina Merenmies, Fire of Love, 1995-2019, tempera and oil on canvas, 101 x 146 cm. Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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Jacob Dahlgren’s collective art project in Stockholm

At Sergels Torg in Stockholm, Sweden, Jacob Dahlgren’s collective art project, The Flag Project, brings together school children from different parts of the Stockholm area in the spirit of creative joy and contemporary art. At the temporary studio the students create art together with the artist. Dahlgren wants to show that regardless of background and prior knowledge, everyone has the ability to create art, and that creative thinking can unite people in interaction and dialogue. The workshop runs until 21 April, and the results will be presented in an exhibition 21 April–31 May.

Image: Jean-Baptise Béranger

“Dagen var mulen – sånger av Kaj Chydenius” album cover by Karoliina Hellberg

Karoliina Hellberg’s lyrical skyscape illustrates the cover of Anna Järvinen’s and Tapio Viitasaari’s newly released EP, Dagen var mulen. The mini album includes six songs, composed by Kaj Chydenius, performed by Järvinen and Viitasaari, and accompanied by Laura Ahopelto and Juha Kanervo.

“The songs have a scent of summer evenings, and purple and light green of the shadows.” –Anna Järvinen

Find the album here.

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Heini Aho and Jorma Puranen at Kunsthalle Helsinki

Heini Aho and Jorma Puranen are participating in the joint exhibition Spaces of Uncertainty, a diverse showcase of spatial art taking place at Kunsthalle Helsinki between 12 March –24 April 2022. Other participating artists are Thomas Nyqvist, Lauri Astala, Marja Kanervo and Shoji Kato. The exhibition also presents works from Signe Brander (1869–1942) and Elias Martin (1739–1818).

“The exhibition and its title communicate that we are never ‘safe’ from spatial practice, that it affects everything we do, wherever we are. Uncertainty, change and unpredictability are, to these artists, not something incomplete that can be rectified with the appropriate effort, but rather the very bedrock of creation, as paradoxical as this might sound. Spatial art does not call for three-dimensional, sculptural or architectural forms of expression.”

On Sunday 13 March at 3 PM, Jorma Puranen and Thomas Nyqvist will be present at Kunsthalle Helsinki to discuss the exhibition and its themes.

Image: Jorma Puranen, Language is a Foreign Country 1, 2001, pigment print, 160 x 200 cm

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Antti Laitinen on view in Sweden and in China

Antti Laitinen’s solo show Field Studies is on view at GSA Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden, until 2 Apr 2022. This is Laitinen’s second solo exhibition in Stockholm. The presentation includes photographs, sculpture and video. In his works Laitinen draws inspiration from his natural surroundings, building dialogues with it through his oeuvre. The photographs might appear as having been manipulated digitally, but everything is masterfully created by hand: by cutting, chopping, adding and reorganizing natural elements.

Laitinen is also currently exhibited at the Symbiotic Landscape – 2ndPublic Art Exhibition in Nanhai, at Quiandeng Lake in Foshan, China. The open-air exhibition features large-scale public art works from 22 artists, and is on view in the city park until 16 April 2022.

Image: Antti Laitinen, Autumn Act II, 2021

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Grönlund–Nisunen at Art and Museum Centre Sinkka

Works by artist duo Grönlund–Nisunen are on display at Art and Museum Centre Sinkka, in Kerava, Finland, as part of the group exhibition Working Together – Taidetta Kaksin. The exhibition presents eight duos or couples who have been working together for a long time and claimed their place on the contemporary art field.

“Over the years, making art has become an even more of a two-way process than before. Occasionally, the audience gets to complete the artwork by, for example, throwing darts. At other times, the artist shares the joy and pain of creating with another artist.”

The exhibition runs through 30 April 2022.


Image: Grönlund–Nisunen, Lunar Eclipse, 2007

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Mari Sunna at Kunstraum Potsdam

Mari Sunna participates in a group exhibition Touch Me: Nudes from the Miettinen Collection at Kunstraum Potsdman, in Germany. The exhibition, featuring works from artists such as David Hockney, Barthélémy Toguo and Tom of Finland, among many others, runs through 23 March 2022.

“Nudity obscures and obliterates, discloses, attracts and rejects. The nude is the oldest artistic genre and the most enigmatic at that. To this very day it awkwardly bridges high art and pornography. Such work can be both at the same time: a source of erotic stimulation and a work of art. At this backdrop different aspects will be tackled: nudity in the context of ideals, self-determination or homosexuality are only a few topics.”


Image: Mari Sunna, Bloody Mary, 2019, oil on canvas

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Santeri Tuori’s new public artwork completed in Turku

Lumpeet (Water Lilies), a two-part artwork by Santeri Tuori has been completed at the Turku Student Village Foundation’s (TYS) newest housing project, Tyyssija. The work is a layered photograph printed on glass plates, depicting water lilies and aquatic plants. The video-controlled LED light grid that lights up in the evenings brings new layers to the work – The surface of the water, the underwater world and the reflections of the sky are all present.

“Walking into Tyyssija’s courtyard is like diving through the building’s structures. The staircase and the upper plateau made me think of being by a pond. I thought that a work showing a underground or hidden world would fit into the space”, Tuori says.

Photo: Santeri Tuori

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Anne-Karin Furunes at Galleri K, Oslo

Anne-Karin Furunes’ solo show Reassembling Reality is on view at Gallery K in Oslo, Norway, until 13 February 2022.

Anne-Karin Furunes is best known for her portraits based on archive photographs, while her present works reflect an all-encompassing state of nature where nothing is guaranteed. Furunes has continued using her signature perforation technique but, at times, expanded it by adding a layer of color which intensifies and deepens the optical effect of the image.

Image: Anne-Karin Furunes, Calving Glacier VI, Kronebreen, Svalbard, 2018–22, acrylic paint and perforation on canvas, 200 x 200 cm | Courtesy of Gallery K

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Heini Aho’s new public artwork completed in Turku

A new public artwork by Heini Aho has been completed at TYKS T3 Hospital in Turku, Finland. The artwork, titled Treehouse, is an aerial three-dimensional sculpture in which the doors and windows function as projection surfaces for videos. Aho’s previous work Ancient Battlefields is placed in the hospital’s elevators.

Treehouse was commissioned from Aho by The Hospital District of Southwest Finland.

Photo: Matti Tainio

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Online Gallery Talks: Pe Lang & Marianthi Papalexadri-Alexandri

Welcome to join our online Gallery Talks event on Wednesday 26 January at 1 pm, with Pe Lang and Marianthi Papalexadri-Alexandri. With Gallery Manager Hanna Huitu the artists will discuss their artistic practises and collaborative exhibition, on view until Sunday 30 January.

Follow the Facebook-event and stay tuned for the Zoom link and more information on how to join the video call.

The discussion is in English.

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