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MG 05. THEME
09.02.2005 - 29.05.2005


Finnish Modernism. From colour theory to problematics of the pictorial surface.

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MG 05.THEME
Finnish modernism. From a colour theoretical approach to problematics of surface and plasticity.

The MG 05.THEME exhibition focuses on one of the most prominent artists and theoreticians of post-war modernism in Finland, Ahti Lavonen (1928-1970). Known as a master of informalism, Lavonen is also included in the collection of the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation, a collection whose relation to informalism has traditionally been perceived as detached or even opposite.

The breakthrough of abstract art took place in Finland only after the wars, although influences from such artists as Cézanne and Kandinsky were present almost half a century earlier. In the late fifties, concretism, the “hard edge” abstract art was paralleled with a softer and more lyrical approach, which made informalism as the mainstream of nonfigurative art both in Finland and in Europe.

As Erik Kruskopf noted, informalism did not appeal to Maire Gullichsen – no matter how popular it became in Finland in the early sixties. The main focus of the collection of the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation at the Pori Art Museum is on abstract art elucidating the phenomena and examining the problematics of the basic surface elements, shape and colour. The Finnish core of the collection consists of works exploring plastic form by teachers and students of the Free Art School founded in 1935, and art reflecting the ideas of Galleria Artek.

In the early sixties informalists had to justify their artistic notions in the same way as concretists had done in the previous decade when the general public still missed figurative images. Ahti Lavonen, who became one of the leaders of his generation, evolved into an extraordinarily eloquent artist, who boldly expressed his views on timely issues in art.

Ahti Lavonen was not interested in painting with spontaneous gestures typical of informalism but specialised in studying the expressive potentials of materials. Stressing the spiritual values of the school and avoiding motion in the picture surface, Lavonen pursued harmony and peace, a meditative emptiness, a “pause”.

On Maire Gullichsen’s initiative, a memorial exhibition was arranged at Galleria Artek after Ahti Lavonen’s death with works from the years 1966 – 1970. The MG 05. THEME exhibition is built around Ahti Lavonen’s works belonging to the collection of the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation, completed with works from the Art collection of the city of Pori and deposit collections of Pori Art Museum.
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MAIRE GULLICHSEN AND MODERNISM I
09.02.2005 - 29.05.2005


Small-scale exhibition from the collections of the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation.

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MAIRE GULLICHSEN AND MODERNISM I
Aiming at dynamic balance - UNTO PUSA

The MAIRE GULLICHSEN AND MODERNISMI I- exhibition presents to us Unto Pusa (1913-1973), one of the most prominent masters and theoreticians of Finnish modernism. For Unto Pusa the idea of the painting was central; it came before the realisation of the work. The subject had to be seen and experienced before starting to paint. The artist’s task was not to reproduce nature but to create something that was as beautiful as nature itself.

”Like many of my contemporaries, I was prevented from going to the Mecca of painters by my years of military service. Only this September and October I had the opportunity to visit Paris ” wrote Unto Pusa about his three-week trip to France in 1948. Already the next year the dream itself came true – a year’s stay and studies at the undisputed centre of modern art. In Paris Pusa first studied in the academy of André Lhote and after that with Fernand Legér. Many Nordic artists had at that time found their way to the teachings of Lhote, who was known as a champion of intellectual art. Pusa had also encountered Legér’s art, for example, during his first trip to Paris one year earlier.

Fernand Legér’s radiant personality, absolute skill and confidence had created a master whose doctrines and thinking Pusa started to explore in his own work. Apart from his actual studies, Pusa was also greatly impressed by the marked role of tradition in French art. Every artist adds his own new contribution to the long chain of art.

Like Maire Gullichsen, Unto Pusa left to Paris with his eyes open and receptive to new impressions. He found kindred spirits in the town and repeated the trip often – Pusa visited Paris a total of about twenty times. He found that his mission was to champion for new art and to relay his impressions and learning to Finland. Pusa was very familiar with both the pioneering theories of Paul Cézanne and Wassily Kandinsky and the ideas of the cubists as well as the Aprés le Cubisme manifesto. He also saw how the avant-garde trends of the 20th century joined in the tradition and long continuum of art. As a teacher at the Free Art School and at the Department of Architecture in the University of Technology he for his part promoted these ideas by publishing his well-known textbooks ”Plastillinen sommittelu” (Plastic composition) and ”Väri-Muoto-Tila” (Colour-Shape-Space). Pusa was also a natural member of the Prisma artist group founded in 1956, which drew influences from France.

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Unto Pusa is represented in the collection of the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation by five artworks. The paintings of the miniature exhibition give an idea of the development of Pusa’s art from the early 1950’s into the next decade.

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KAI´RO
18.02.2005 - 29.05.2005
LARA BALADI

Kai´ro. The works of Lara Baladi (b. 1969 in Beirut, Lebanon) blend Islamic motifs with Barbie kitsch and pop culture. Together Baladi´s photographic collages, installations and videos are like a mosaic whose allusions range from everyday life to the cinema, performance and advertisement imagery. Based in Cairo, Baladi grew up in Paris and London, where she graduated in 1990 with a BA from Richmond University. The show is produced in collaboration with BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden; Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark; and LänsMuseet Västernorrland, Härnösand, Sweden. A catalogue in four languages presenting Baladi´s work is published in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Publications:
ISBN 951-9355-91-X
Lara Baladi, KAIRO
ISSN 1795-3316
THIS PUBLICATION ACCOMPANIES THE EXHIBITION LARA BALADI - KAIRO
BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden, 31 Oct 4004 – 23 Jan 2005
Porin taidemuseo / Pori Art Museum, Finland, 18 Feb 2005 – 29 May 2005
Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark, 9 Sept – 6 Nov 2005
LänsMuseet Vesternorrland, Härnosand, Sweden, 10 Dec 2005 – 12. March 2006
Cataloque editor: Johan Sjöström
Essays: Malu Halasa, Simon Njami & Roger Connah, (Pori Art Museum)
Paino: Umeå 2004
Pori Art Museum Publications 73
Laajuus: 90 s

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BLACK BUTTERFLY
18.02.2005 - 03.04.2005
KIBA LUMBERG

Black Butterfly. Kiba Lumberg (b. 1956 in Lappeenranta) is known in Finland as a keen observer of the ethnic and cultural dimensions of her own Romani background. Both a writer and an artist, Lumberg characteristically explores the roles of women in her exuberant work. Focusing on one artist, the show extends the overall picture of the Samaa maata – Side by side project and exhibition, produced in 1997 by the Pori Art Museum, that explored ethnic minorities in Finland from the perspective of art. A book with text in Finnish and English is published in conjunction with the exhibition, with articles by Sirkku Dölle, Keeper in the National Museum of Finland; Leena Eräsaari, Ph.D., professor; Leena-Maija Rossi, Ph.D., researcher and critic; and Matti Salakka, MA, media researcher.

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Publications:
ISBN 951-9355-93-6
Kiba Limberg, Vie minut pois. Musta perhonen / Take me Away. Black Butterfly.
ISSN 1795-3316
Toimittajat: Laura Selin, Esko Nummelin
Graafinen suunnittelu: Patrik Söderlund
Artikkelit: Eija-Elina Bergholm, Sirkku Dölle, Leena Eräsaari, Tarhi hannula, Kaija Heikkinen, Esko Nummelin, Leena-Maija Rossi, Matti Salakka, Laura Selin
Paino: Salpausselän kirjapaino 2005
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 75 / Pori Art Museum Publications 75
Laajuus: 140 s
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BRIEFE AUS NIRGENDWO - LETTERS FROM NOWHERE
08.04.2005 - 25.05.2005
KIMMO SARJE JA PERTTI

Briefe aus Nirgendwo - Letters from Nowhere. Like a prism, Letters from Nowhere reveals the many facets of human ideals and goals, tensions between society and individual and the role of thinking in this process. The theme is addressed visually through a single, ordinary event. What we understand, how we read reality and what happens to documents when they are moved from their original context into a new one. What happens to people, what happens to memories and how stories are renewed as they are retold again and again. The book, published in conjunction with the exhibition, includes articles by Kimmo Sarje, Ph.D., artist and critic; Pertti Lindfors, Ph.D., Docent; Hannu Eerikäinen, media researcher; Pekka Sutela, Docent; Vesa Oittinen, Docent; Raimo Lovio, professor; and Kati Mustola, researcher.

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Publications:
ISBN 951-9355-94-4
Briefe aus Nirgendwo / Kirjeitä kadonneesta maasta / Letters from Nowhere
ISSN 0359-4327
Toimittaja: Kimmo Sarje
Käännökset: Jűri Kokkonen (suomi-englanti, saksa-englanti), Vesa Oittinen (saksa-suomi)
Graafinen suunnittelu: Jarno Lukkarila
Artikkelit: Hannu Eerikäinen, Kari Jylhä, Georg Klaus, Pertti Lindfors, Raimo Lovio, Kati Mustola, Jarmo Mäkilä, Leena Norros, Esko Nummelin, Vesa Oittinen, Alpo Rusi, Kimmo Sarje, Pekka Sutela
Paino: F.G. Lönnberg 2005
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 76 / Pori Art Museum Publications 76
Laajuus: 365 s.


CAROLUS ENCKELL WRITES ON BIRGER CARLSTEDT
10.06.2005 - 08.01.2006


Maire Gullichsen and modernism II

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Publication:
ISBN 951-9355-98-7
Carolus Enckell, TAITEEN KIELET / THE LANGUAGES OF ART
ISSN 1795-3316
Toimittajat: Jorma Hautala, Jaakko Lintinen, Esko Nummelin.
Graafinen suunnittelu: Patrik Söderlund
Käännökset: Jűri Kokkonen (suomi-englanti), Sara Torvalds (suomi-ruotsi)
Paino: Finepress 2006
TUTKA – Porin taidemuseon tutkimuksia 5 / Pori Art Museum Studies 5
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 80 / Pori Art Museum Publications 80.
Laajuus: 240 s.
2006

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WOMEN´S QUESTIONS
10.06.2005 - 11.09.2005
JEF GEYS

Women´s Questions. A conceptual artist of the old school, Jef Geys (b. 1935) is one of the foremost figures in Belgian contemporary art. In this exhibition, he uses feminine issues to explore the boundaries and possibilities of European identity and the individual and their manifestations in our culture. Built in the Wing, Geys makes use of works from the collections of the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation in his installation. The exhibition is produced in co-operation with Kunsthalle Lophem from Belgium.

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FROM DRAWING TO PAINTING TO DRAWING
16.09.2005 - 08.01.2006
JONATHAN LASKER

From Drawing to Painting to Drawing offers the public an opportunity to get to know the work of American artist Jonathan Lasker. The parameters of art have expanded as developments in photography, video and multimedia have redefined the role of traditional fine art techniques. With the advent of new technology, and the tools it offers for artistic expression, there is renewed interest in the relationship between space, surface, and the expression inherent in line. In this exhibition the emphasis is on drawing. The starting point is drawing as an independent art form and its role in painting.

From Drawing to Painting to Drawing. In cooperation with Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense.

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COPPERLIGHT
16.09.2005 - 20.11.2005
E.G. JYRKI SIUKONEN, MARKO VUOKOLA, JAAKKO THORNBERG, MIKKO MAASALO

The theme of the exhibition is copper (Cu), in all its forms and senses: as a metallic element, a material essential to our daily existence, as a concept, and also as a phenomenon in cultural history. The exhibiting artists have studied and interpreted the possibilities inherent in copper – in terms of material, surface, form, and space.

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Publications:
ISBN 951-9355-96-0
KUPARIN VALOSSA, omat 3
ISSN 1795-3316
Toimittaja: Laura Selin
Taitto: Teija Lammi
Artikkelit:
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 78 / Pori Art Museum Publications 78


LISZT-BROUCKE, OUR TRAVELLING CIRCUS LIFE, ODE TO MEGALOMANIA
16.09.2005 - 20.11.2005
KOEN BROUCKE

For some years now, the Belgian artist and historian Koen Broucke has been studying the lives of certain famous and forgotten artists, including composers and writers. Liszt-Broucke, Our Travelling Circus Life, Ode to Megalomania is a painting and video art installation based on a series of documented performances given by Broucke on valuable grand pianos in different parts of Central Europe. Broucke painted a series of pictures based on the documentary footage and used these paintings in the creation of his installation. In his piano performances, Broucke imitates the manners of Franz Liszt. The exhibition makes a humorous comment on the myth of the Romantic Artist.

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HEAR THE COLLECTIONS - THEME
25.11.2005 - 22.01.2006
MARK BAIN, ANTHONY CARO, KARI CAVÈN, JULIEN COLLIEUX, SAARA EKSTRÖM, SARMITE MALINA, JAAKKO NIEMELÄ, ESKO RAILO, KIMMO SARJE, KAIN TAPPER, TEREZA VELIKOVA.

Mark Bain and Julien Collieux among others lead us to contemplate the relationship between the senses of sight and hearing. The exhibition is part of the Art Education by Language of Signs –project.

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