Where to see the works of our painters? Find out below.
Raisa Raekallio & Misha del Val, Stiina Saaristo and Hanna Kanto – Navigating North
Navigating North – Works from the Wihuri Foundation Collection
The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Collection is one of Finland’s most prestigious collections of contemporary art. It was donated to the City of Rovaniemi in 1983, and it is deposited at Rovaniemi Art Museum. This exhibition presents a selection of artworks from the Wihuri Foundation Collection chosen by Kiasma’s curators.
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.
The exhibition features works by 48 artists, including Finnish Painters Raisa Raekallio and Misha del Val, Stiina Saaristo and Hanna Kanto.
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Raisa Raekallio and Misha del ValStiina SaaristoHanna KantoKiasma
20.–22.10.2022, 2.12.2022, 15.1.2023, 8.–12.3.2023, 14.–26.3.2023
Hannaleena Heiska – Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis, an experimental film by the Finnish Painter Hannaleena Heiska, takes part in several international film festivals in Canada, Finland, Norway, Serbia, and Mexico.
What happens when the audience and staff have left the exhibition hall, and the art begins to live its own life? The work suggests indulging in a viewing experience and being guided by a non-verbal narration.
Metamorphosis is an experimental short film shot on 16 mm black and white film that combines painting and contemporary ballet. The film is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between visual artist Hannaleena Heiska and dancer-choreographer Minna Tervamäki. It was shot in the empty exhibition hall of the Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA.
Experimental Film Guanajuato (MX) 20.–22.10.2022
Kinoskop – International festival of analog experi mental cinema, Belgrade (RS) 2.12.2022
Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim (NO) 15.1.2023
The International Festival of Films on Art FIFA, Montréal (CA) 8–12.3.2023
Tampere Film Festival (FI) 14.–26.3.2023
Hannaleena HeiskaThe International Festival of Films on Art FIFA Tampere Film Festival Minimalen Short Film Festival Kinoskop - International festival of analog experimental cinemaExperimental Film GuanajuatoExcerpt of the film Metamorphosis at the website of the Centre for Finnish Media Art
Elsa Salonen – Abundance
Finnish Painter Elsa Salonen participates in the exhibition Abundance, the 45th Tendencies Biennial for Nordic contemporary crafts
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Gallery F 15 and Ki Nurmenniemi, a Helsinki-based art curator, art writer, and doctoral researcher in interdisciplinary sustainability science. The 45th Tendencies Biennial embraces abundance, a way of perceiving the world that cherishes the plurality of lifeforms, relationships, and stories. Abundance is both a conceptual framework for sparking cultural change and an aesthetic approach that celebrates layeredness and boasts all the colours of the rainbow. The broader cultural context for the exhibition is the need to reshape values in the era of climate breakdown and ecological collapses. True sustainability cannot be achieved through preservation only; it also calls for transformations and the mindful reinvention of traditions.
Abundance features newly created artworks by 14 artists living and working across the Nordic countries and the Sápmi region. Through varied conceptual starting points and a broad range of materials and techniques, their artworks make tangible the invisible natural phenomena and delicate co-dependencies that weave the webs of life on our planet. Many of the featured artistic approaches reach beyond westernized aesthetic conventions and ways of understanding. The overarching question that the exhibition addresses is How do contemporary art and crafts practices converge to create more meaningful, livable and lovable worlds?
The Artists taking part on this edition of Tendenser are:
Lene Baadsvig Ørmen (Norway) Ask Bjørlo (Norway) Hanne Friis (Norway) Ellen Grieg (Norway) Sasha Huber (Finland/Switzerland) Kristin Larsson (Sweden) Kim Laybourn (Norway/Denmark) Germain Ngoma (Norway) Outi Pieski, Biret & Gáddjá Haarla Pieski (Sápmi) Pearla Pigao (Norway) Elsa Salonen (Germany/Finland) Anna Ting Möller (China/Sweden) Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir (Iceland) Man Yau (Finland)
For nearly 50 years, Tendencies has been one of the leading platforms for contemporary crafts in the Nordic region. The biennial was first presented as an annual exhibition in 1971 at Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. Since then, the exhibition has expanded from its initial focus on Norwegian contemporary crafts to incorporating trends from across the Nordic countries. The 45th Tendencies exhibition and the adjacent symposium, both entitled Abundance, are organised in partnership with Norwegian Crafts and The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute (FINNO). The Abundance symposium is generously supported by The Nordic Culture Fund and Kunsthåndverkernes fond (The craft fund, by the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts).
Roy Aurinko – Analog Distortion
The JARILAGER Gallery meets Finnish painter Roy Aurinko with the exhibition Analog Distortion. Aurinko’s large-scale, rough-surfaced, abstract paintings aestheticize the feeling of dissonance and contradiction. According to him, paintings’ connection to subject must remain indicative. Instead, art is meant to lead us into his emotional journey – at times brutal, at times sublime; everybody is invited to plunge into it and make one’s own interpretation.
The artist approaches his canvases from the perspective of a uniquely “analog” connection. His entire art practice is about gesture, senses and bodily ties. No digital device could substitute or implement this. In these paintings, nothing escapes the laws of contact and corporeity. Large surfaces allow him whole-body interactions. Body is his true medium. He pioneers a hybrid technique which combines oil and acrylic with cement, pure colour pigments and gesso, so that the canvases themselves become a fully tactile experience. When it comes to drawing lines, he even tries to avoid brushes; he’d rather use oil sticks and pastels, as if wanting to radiate – or channel – colours directly from his hands.
Aurinko’s theme is an ambiguous combination of warm childhood memories and ugliness at the same time. His paintings present a suspenseful dialogue between beauty and distortion, unity and discordance. Aurinko loves movement and music; to him distortion doesn’t mean absence of rhythm. From a strictly compositional perspective, he plays with the opposites just like a free-jazz musician would: he pushes harmonies to their limit and enjoys the sense of danger which erupts on the border of dissonance.
Abstract painting consciously distances itself from the representation of the visible world, and it becomes a space for imaginary mediations, reflections and doublings. Encompassing distance is the key to contradiction. That’s why there is no better place for contradiction than abstract art. Ugliness can coexist with beauty, heaviness with lightness.
Text: Marta Cassina / Jarilager Gallery
Wormser Strasse 23
Hannaleena Heiska – Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis is an interdisciplinary exhibition created uniquely for Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA’s space by artist Hannaleena Heiska and dancer-choreographer Minna Tervamäki. The exhibition fuses film, painting and dance into a seamless creation.
An important part of the exhibition are the performances that will take places at EMMA in the spring 2023. As seen in previous works by the duo, the space will be transformed as Heiska paints and Tervamäki dances. The viewer can never know beforehand what kind of exhibition they are likely to encounter when they enter the space.
The artists describe Metamorphosis as follows. “It proposes one possible way of being an artist, and one possible meaning of art. The abstract narrative is like an antidote to the hectic pace of contemporary life, just as painting and film are antidotes to today’s reality-distorting filters and wow culture. It evades categorization yet consists of recognizable elements. It invites you to plunge into a new kind of viewing experience and to open your mind to non-verbal narrative.”
Heiska and Tervamäki began their collaboration with Trace, which debuted at EMMA in 2016. Their return to EMMA in autumn 2023 is a logical continuation of their co-practice.
Heiska is a visual artist who works across the media of painting, drawing, video art, installation, and performance. Tervamäki is a dancer and choreographer who has had a long and celebrated career as principal dancer at the Finnish National Ballet. Today she focuses primarily on choreography and multidisciplinary projects.
The exhibition will be on view in EMMA Arena, the museum’s space for experimental projects.
22.2. – 26.2.2023
Elsa Salonen, Sami Lukkarinen and Heikki Marila – ARCOmadrid
Finnish Painters present at International Contemporary Art Fair ARCOmadrid
Elsa Salonen with Galerie Jochen Hempel – Booth: Hall 9 D21
Jochen Hempel Gallery, based in Leipzig, Germany, has a history representing international artists of the younger generation as well as established artists of international reputation, building longstanding collaborations with artists and collectors.
Sami Lukkarinen and Heikki Marila with Galerie Forsblom – Booth 7B21
Galerie Forsblom, based in Helsinki, Finland, holds a unique position on the Nordic art scene as one of the largest and most international contemporary art galleries. While the exhibition programs consist of a wide range of medias within the visual arts, Galerie Forsblom is highly profiled as presenting excellence in contemporary painting as well as sculpture.
Avda. del Partenón, 5
28042 Madrid, España / Spain
Elsa SalonenSami LukkarinenHeikki MarilaARCOmadrid Galerie Jochen HempelGalerie Forsblom
Katja Tukiainen – The Name of the Colour is the GIRL
Katja Tukiainen’s solo exhibition at Galleria Snow consists of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, and small glazed ceramics. Katja gained recognition for her pink girl paintings and comics already at the end of the 1990’s. The girls in her paintings are both innocent and sassy, and she wants to create places of open-minded humanity with her works. Her paintings and installations have been regularly exhibited outside of Finland, but this is her first solo exhibition in Berlin.
“The title of my exhibition is The Name of the Colour is the GIRL. I have dealt with the meaning of the word “girl” and the symbolism of pink tones in my exhibitions since the 90s.
My doctoral thesis for Fine Arts at the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts is titled The Girl Army – Narrative Painting in Space. My research, conducted by painting and writing, was completed in 2022. Girl is not a swear word, not all girls are pink, and rose is a different color than pink.
My first solo exhibition in Berlin is not only about color and girls. It is also about landscape and idleness. Painting the exhibition is a process of reflection, change, and thoughts running wild on the canvas.” – Katja Tukiainen
Sirkku Rosi – Veck
The Exhibition at Finlandsinstitutets gallery in Stockholm consists of watercolors and hair sculptures where the lightness of the materials is combined with the skin, flesh, internal organs, and folding bodies. The skin is a leaky boundary between the person and the environment. Fluids circulate, the human body merges with the earth, carbon dioxide moves, and something grows from friction. The beginning of a small thicket emerges from the folds.
Sirkku Rosi works with watercolors based on bodily experience. She is interested in the shared nature of being between everything cellular and the knowledge of the flesh. In Rosi’s works, the twisting curves of the intestines are maps to the garden, and the organs penetrating through the skin are compared to stones polished by time.
Raisa Raekallio and Misha del Val – Uncertain Tomorrow
Raisa Raekallio and Misha del Val are part of a collaborative network, “Uncertain Tomorrow”, formed by creative practitioners and institutions, exploring alternative ways of networking, exhibiting, and sharing ideas and resources.
As a result of the network’s ongoing dialogue, they have organised two exhibitions this year:
Uncertain Tomorrow, Espacio Marzana, BilbaoArte, Auditorium Guggenheim Museum, MEM Exhibition Hall, Bilbao, Spain. 7th-13th November.
And earlier this year, an exhibition in London, UK: Filet Art Space. 16th-19th June.
Uncertain Tomorrow aims to develop decentralised, international, creative networks, initiate dialogue between institutions and individuals, and generate new alliances & friendships that expand over time. The starting points for the discussion are social and economic precarity and the need to find ways of thriving through major societal changes.
Lotta Ingman – Force and Matter
Force and Matter – Paintings by Lotta Ingman
A book presentation at Mz.* Baltazar’s Laboratory, with a talk by Stephen Zepke.
Event between 18:00-21:00.
Stephen Zepke’s talk begins at 19:00.
Stephen Zepke’s reading of Lotta Ingman’s paintings is a sensitive and thoughtful analysis of what contemporary painting is today. With careful observations and elaborate lines of thought, philosopher Stephen Zepke introduces the reader to Ingman’s both playful and serious research into abstract painting. A research that in Zepke’s words “strives to offer the spectator an aesthetic experience that transcends both the corporeal and conceptual dimension, enabling the painting to retain its enigmatic openness of meaning.”
Artist is present at the event and she will also show works. Book is for sale during the event. 25€ (cash)
Lotta Ingman is an artist living in Finland. She studied at Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, followed by further studies in France and Denmark. Ingman’s work has featured in solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and internationally.Ingman’s work is found in numerous collections including the Wihuri Art Collection, Pro Artibus and the Finnish State Art Deposit Collection.
Stephen Zepke is an independent researcher living in Vienna. His recent books are: Hacia un “nuevo” nuevo brutalismo. Encuentros con los Jardines de Robin Hood. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2022; Head in the Stars, Essays on Science Fiction. Multimedijaini institut, 2020; La Sensación Más Allá de Los Límites, Ensayos sobre arte y política. Javeriana University Press, 2019; Sublime Art, Towards an Aesthetics of the Future. Edinburgh University Press, 2017.
Mz*Baltazar’s Lab aims at generating a culture of fearless making! An environment that fosters creativity, activism and provocative thinking! “We try to build an accessible, inclusive, open, safer and radical space, from which to evolve as people and as community. Open Source Technology is at the root of our philosophy, it enables us to share and collaborate without restrictions.We need this space to experiment with things as gender, hardware or our selves.”
4.11. – 17.12.2022
Hemmo Siponen and Anna Retulainen – Hidden Treasures
Finnish Painters Hemmo Siponen and Anna Retulainen take part in the group show Hidden Treasures at SCHWARZ CONTEMPORARY in Berlin.
This German-Finnish exhibition shows works by six artists based in Helsinki: Heidi Lampenius, Iisa Maaranen, Anna Retulainen, Kerttu Saali, Hemmo Siponen, and Aki Turunen, together with works of their Berlin-based colleagues Lutz Braun and Janne Räisänen.
Works by the internationally established artists Lutz Braun, Heidi Lampenius, Janne Räisänen, Anna Retulainen, and Aki Turunen are presented alongside works by the young painters Iisa Maaranen, Kerttu Saali, and Hemmo Siponen. It is thanks to the Finnish
curator Mikaela Lostedt that these three young artists, who have never before exhibited in Germany, are part of this exhibition. The ‘hidden treasures’ were brought to Berlin with the generous support of the Finnland-Institut in Germany and Frame Finland.
Satu Rautiainen – Nordic Painting 2022
Finnish Painter Satu Rautiainen is presented at the Nordic Painting 2022 exhibition at Nordic Culturpoint in Suomenlinna, Helsinki.
Nordic Painting is a three-year collaborative project (2022–2024) between Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki and the Finnish Painters’ Union (TML). Within the framework of Nordic Painting, an exhibition collaboration is carried out each year, together with a third party from another Nordic country. In 2022, it is Norway and the Association of Norwegian Painters (LNM) who act as partners. This year’s exhibition is divided into two parts and takes place partly in the Finnish Painters’ Union’s gallery in central Helsinki and partly in Nordic Culture Point’s historic premises in Suomenlinna.
The artists participating in Nordic Painting 2022 are Satu Rautiainen (FI) and Espen Brændsrød (NO) at Nordic Culture Point, and Meri Toivanen (FI) and Ingrid Toogood (NO) at tm•gallery.
Nordic Culture Point is one of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ cultural institutions and its purpose is to initiate and support pan-Nordic art and cultural projects, as well as contribute to increased knowledge of Nordic contemporary art and culture both in Finland and in the rest of the Nordic Region. In the project Nordic Painting, Nordic Culture Point acts as a sponsor for the costs of the Nordic guest artists’ participation in the exhibitions.
Nordic Culture Point, Suomenlinna B28, Helsinki, Finland
tm•gallery, Erottajankatu 9B, Helsinki, Finland
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Jukka Siikala – Unnatural Encounters
Finnish Painter Jukka Siikala participates in the event Unnatural Encounters by Infinity Land Press. Go and meet the artist!
The event will take place on the 1st of October 2022 and will begin with a book sale & art exhibition followed by an evening of readings, screenings, book launches, and performances.
Unnatural Encounters is a gathering of bodies, a confluence of minds, an assemblage of artists – a site within which language, visuals, and music break free of their bonds and then burst forth in an orgy of performance and spectacle. A place and a time in which boundaries dissolve and genres explode. Go and meet the Finnish Painter Jukka Siikala. He is known for his bizarre and wonderful paintings and his photo and video work dealing with the themes of surreal sexuality and sociological perspective on nature and life.
Michael Salerno, Hector Meinhof, Steve Finbow, RJ Dent & Karolina Urbaniak, Audrey Szasz, Martin Bladh, Shane Levene, Thomas Moore, Philip Best, Jukka Siikala, Jack Sargeant, Devin Horan
56 Brook Street
London W1K 5NE
Elina Försti – Paintings and Drawings
Tiina Mielonen – Aineenvaihdunta – Stoffwechsel
Tiina Mielonen takes part in a group exhibition “Aineenvaihdunta – Stoffwechsel” at plan.d. Produzentengalerie in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The exhibition is an exchange project between two galleries – plan.d. in Dusseldorf and Galleria Huuto in Helsinki. “Aineenvaihdunta – Stoffwechsel” has a number of meanings and connotations: it can mean metabolism, but also the exchange of fabrics or material change. It can also be about the artistic approach – processing different thoughts, impressions, and ideas into the production of art. The topic has also encouraged a dialogue between the two galleries since “Stoffwechsel” implies a kind of exchange.
“Aineenvaihdunta – Stoffwechsel
Päivi Allonen, Beata Joutsen, Saija Koponen, Nuutti Koskinen, Tiina Mielonen, Pilvi Ojala, Paula Puoskari, Hanna Saarikoski, Maiju Salmenkivi, Katariina Salmijärvi, Laura Ukkonen and Marja Viitahuhta.
plan.d. produzentengalerie e.V.
Heikki Marila, Eeva Peura and Marianna Uutinen – The Armory Show 2022
Finnish Painters Heikki Marila, Eeva Peura and Marianna Uutinen are presented by Galerie Forsblom at the Armory Show 2022 in New York.
The gallery is proud to show works by established Nordic and international artists such as Stephan Balkenhol, Anna Fasshauer, Peter Halley, Jacob Hashimoto, Emma Helle, Heikki Marila, Marika Mäkelä, Secundino Hernández, Emanuel Seitz, Kim Simonsson, Eeva Peura and Marianna Uutinen.
The Armory Show
Javits Center – Crystal Palace
429 11th Avenue
New York, NY 1000
Sami Havia – Estranged
Massey Klein Gallery presents Estranged, a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Sami Havia. The exhibition will be on view from September 2nd through October 8th. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 4-7pm. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Sami Havia’s works explore the relationship between the abstract and figurative with a focus on light and observation. Surrealist in nature, Havia’s paintings are accidental yet deliberate. The seven new paintings and nine drawings presented in Estranged are pictorial representations of Havia’s phantasmagorical observations rooted in reality. Each painting is a mutation of the artist’s pictorial mind map, imagination, and subconscious. Some paintings contain figurative elements shrouded in absurd and abstract environmental elements, while others present identifiable human figures, absorbed into landscapes and escaping reality with an accentuated playfulness.
Massey Klein Gallery, 124 Forsyth Street, New York, NY 10002
Eeva Peura – CHART ART FAIR 2022
Eeva Peura is presented by Galerie Forsblom at the CHART 2022 in Copengagen. Galerie Forsblom spotlights four Finnish artists: Emma Helle, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Eeva Peura, and Kim Simonsson. All four represent different media – Helle ceramics, Kaikkonen textile art, Peura painting, and Simonsson ceramics with a nylon fiber coating. Their featured works cover a diverse spectrum, yet there are visible synergies and kinships between them, such as boundless curiosity in exploring what it means to be human, whether through the lens of history, social practice, or fantasy.
CHART 2022, booth 4
Charlottenborg, Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 Copenhagen, Denmark
Anna Tuori – CHART ART FAIR 2022
In CHART 2022, Galerie Anhava presents new paintings by Anna Tuori alongside video work and a wall mural by Jani Ruscica. The artists have worked collaboratively in the production of this site-specific presentation which will be exhibited for the first time at this year’s CHART.
Charlottenborg, Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 Copenhagen, Denmark
Elsa Salonen – BODIES OF WATER
In BODIES OF WATER three artists (Hannelore Nenning, Enar de Dios Rodríguez and Elsa Salonen, curated by Petra Poelz) are investigating the current condition of water landscapes from an activist, animistic and geopolitical perspective. A plea to relinquish the idea of any clear separability between humankind and nature.
BODIES OF WATER, Trio Exhibition
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Joel Slotte – ARS22
Finnish Painter Joel Slotte participates in the ARS22 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland.
ARS22 presents some of the most compelling artists and art of the day, and we are happy to tell that Joel Slotte, one of the 50 artists on our finnishpainters website, is part of this major exhibition. ARS22 is the tenth instalment in the series of major international contemporary art exhibitions originally launched in 1961. Over the decades, the ARS exhibitions have presented the public with the latest trends in contemporary art. Art has the power to investigate society and present alternative interpretations of our shared world. Works featured in ARS22 explore the everyday lives and dreams of individuals and communities.
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma