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PHENOMENA
15.02.2008 - 25.05.2008
DAVID BLANDY (UK), HANNA HAASLAHTI (FI), EVA KOCH (DK), TUULA NÄRHINEN (FI), JAANA PARTANEN (FI), FREDRIK RADDUM (NO), TUOMO ROSENLUND (FI), MARIKA SEIDLER (DK), JARI SILOMÄKI (FI), DAVID SVENSSON (SE)


The exhibition Phenomena at the Pori Art Museum showcases artists from five different countries. The aim of the exhibition as well as the exhibition publication is to discuss and question a number of phenomena in affluent societies today. The phenomena can be as simple as light, seeing, hearing or as complex as morality, nature or youth. It is characteristic of our time that we have to learn to accept change, but there is also the dichotomy of the importance of national identity and the need for cosmopolitan thinking and global tolerance. People in the welfare societies of the Nordic countries find themselves in a conflict between the Third World on one hand and overflowing wealth on the other.
Many questions are being asked. How are we to handle all the phenomena that spring from global warming, new technology and increasing poverty? There is also a lack of understanding of the changes that are taking place in the present. Often enough, seeing things at a close distance is more difficult than being open-minded. We want to know what is happening in our world, but at the same time we struggle with the guilt of our own ineptness. The Phenomena exhibition gives the audience an invisible magnifying glass with which to observe the phenomena around them as well as the effects of those phenomena from various distances.

Publications:
ISBN 978-952-5648-09-6
PHENOMENA -näyttelyjulkaisu /exhibition publication
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 90

ISBN 978-952-5648-10-2
Hanna Haaslahti: Media Art (2000-2007)
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 91



SMS/FAG
15.02.2008 - 25.05.2008





UNTO PUSA - CUBISM AND NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION - MAIRE GULLICHSEN AND MODERNISM
15.02.2008 - 25.05.2008


Unto Pusa painted his first cubist work entitled Katunäkymä (Street View) in 1949. The painting is also known as Cubist Chevreuse. Pusa had worked in the small town near Paris for a decade and a half, painting canvases in the style of Cézanne, as miniature worlds free of any illusion. For Pusa, Cézanne´s art was not just about the stylistic simplification of form. At its core was an effort to understand the thinking that went into the composition of a painting. In the late 1940s, Pusa visited Fernand Léger’s retrospective in Paris. It made an enduring impression on him. He came to understand that all forms within a composition are equal such that the choice of subject matter no longer occupies a dominant position.

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FREE ART SCHOOL – SHADED BY LIGHT
06.06.2008 - 28.09.2008
JOHANNA AALTO, KARI AAPRO, PEKKA HEPOLUHTA, JOHANNA AALTO, KARI AAPRO, PEKKA HEPOLUHTA, TIINA MALINEN-WOODWARD, KIMI PAKARINEN, TARMO PAUNU, MARKKU J. RANTALA, JANNE RÄISÄNEN, VEIKKO SAARIVAARA, RAILI TANG, SINI VIHMA, REIJO VILJANEN


The summer exhibition of the Pori Art Museum is entitled FREE ART SCHOOL – SHADED BY LIGHT. It is a painterly triptych whose centrepoint, raison d´être, is the show entitled MAIRE GULLICHSEN AND MODERNISM AS SEEN BY THE FREE ART SCHOOL, to be mounted in the Project Room. The contemporary take on cultural heritage presented in the Project Room is intricarely woven a review of work by the most renowned artists to teach in the Free Art School during this century, and a series of five exhibitions entitled TRAVELLING – EVOLVING SITUATIONS AND SPACES, presenting work by students of the Free Art Svhool class of 2007–2008.


BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY – MAIRE GULLICHSEN 100 YEARS, ARTEK JUBILEE EXHIBITION IN PORI ART MUSEUM
06.06.2008 - 28.09.2008


The exhibition is part of the Maire Gullichsen and Modernism series.

Press is invited to the museum on Thursday, 5 June, at 11–13, information meeting will be on Friday, 6 June, at 12.00. The exhibition architect Kirsi Gullichsen and managing director Mirkku Kullberg will be present.

The year 2007 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Professor Maire Gullichsen. Maire Gullichsen founded Artek Oy in 1935 together with Aino Aalto, Alvar Aalto and Nils-Gustav Hahl. She lived longest of the founders. After Hahl was killed in battle Hankoniemi in 1941 and Aino Aalto died in 1949, Maire kept the original spark of Artek alive up to her death, building a solid foundation for the future of Artek. Artek paid homage to her life´s work with a jubilee exhibition BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY which will be presented at the Pori Art Museum in a more compact version.

Maire Gullichsen was also founder of the Free Art School, the exhibition organisation Nykytaideyhdistys (Association for Contemporary Art) and she established Galerie Artek from exhibitions held in the Artek store. Modern and abstract art was introduced to Finland by her. It was not a long step from art to design. Maire believed that the harmony of colours and forms could be used to enhance everyday life, make homes more pleasant and their occupants happier. She believed that beauty was democratic and that it could be attained by simple means. She wanted Artek to sell only exemplary products, and took an active role in the selection of goods for the shop.

The exhibition seeks to shed light on the ideas, activities and achievements of Maire Gullichsen from the perspectives of aesthetics, ethics and democracy, and to tell about Modernism, the movement that lay close to the heart of Artek and its founders. The exhibition is realised by the architect Kirsi Gullichsen and the exhibition team at Artek. Exhibition texts are written by the art historian Helena Woirhaye.

Artek will bring to the museum store a range of glass objects designed by Maire Gullichsen as well as other products selected by Maire for the Artek collection. Kitchen textiles made of the Siena fabric designed by Alvar Aalto and French garden furniture made of wood slats represent practical beauty in everyday life.

Publication:
ISBN 978-952-5648-16-4
BEN AF SCHULTÉN JA ARTEKIN TRADITIO
BEN AF SCHULTÉN OCH ARTEKS TRADITION
BEN AF SCHULTÉN AND THE ARTEK TRADITION
Porin taidemuseo | Björneborgs konstmuseum | Pori Art Museum
29.05. - 27.09.2009
Julkaisija | Utgivare | Published by
Porin taidemuseo ja Maire Gullichsenin taidesäätiön
Björneborgs konstmuseum och Maire Gullichsens konststiftelse
Pori Art Museum and Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation
Yhteistyössä | I samarbetet med | In co-operation with
Maire Gullichsenin taidesäätiö, Mairea -säätiö, ARTEK, Alvar Aalto –museo ja Kirsi Gullichsen Arx Oy
Maire Gullichsens konststiftelse, Mairea stiftelsen, ARTEK, Alvar Aalto museum och Kirsi Gullichsen Arx Oy
Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation, Mairea Foundation, ARTEK, Alvar Aalto Museum and Kirsi Gullichsen Arx Oy
Toimitus | Redaktör | Editor
Kati Kunnas-Holmström
Kääntäjät | Oversättning | Translations
Nina Björkman (ruotsi, svenska, svedish)
Jyri Kokkonen (englanti, engelska, English)
36 s., mv-kuvat
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 97



PEKKA KAUHANEN
06.06.2008 - 28.09.2008


In conjunction with the show of the summer exhibition, the sculptor Pekka Kauhanen will create an independent work in the museum yard, reflecting and interpreting the outdoor character of the old warehouse building and its yard. The sculptures impart a new dimension to the summer exhibition and its main emphasis is on colour and light.

Publications:
ISBN 978-952-5648-13-3
Pekka Kauhanen –julkaisu
Porin taidemuseon julkaisuja 94



FREE ART SCHOOL: ON THE MOVE - STUDENTS IN CHANGING SPACE
06.06.2008 - 28.09.2008



The series will consist of five rapidly changing exhibitions that present visions of students from the class 2007–2008 in the Free Art School. The exhibition will contrasts with and even challenge the work of established masters presented in the main hall, as well the show in the Project Room featuring art from the Maire Gullichsen Foundation.



DAY OR NIGHT
WORK IN PROGRESS

06.06.2008 - 29.06.2008
FREE ART SCHOOL

ON THE MOVE - STUDENTS IN CHANGING SPACE
3rd year Marianna Asikainen, Ralph Branders, Mona Hoel, Tomi Jeskanen, Reeta Johansen, Nessa Kahila, Jyrki Kautto, Heli Leiviskä, Salla Myllylä, Maikki Salmivaara, Laura Tuominen, Markku Walldén


PORTRAITS
01.07.2008 - 27.07.2008
FREE ART SCHOOL

ON THE MOVE - STUDENTS IN CHANGING SPACE
4th year: Enoch Bergsten, Eveliina Hämäläinen, Ville Parkkinen


CHINESE WHISPERS
29.07.2008 - 17.08.2008
FREE ART SCHOOL

ON THE MOVE - STUDENTS IN CHANGING SPACE
1st year: Kemal Can, Tuomas Gustafsson, Antti Hämäläinen, Anna Kärkkäinen, Heidi Lahtinen, Laura Pakarinen, Liisa Pankola, Juha-Matti Pitkänen, Maria Pääkkönen


EPIDEMIC
19.08.2008 - 07.09.2008
FREE ART SCHOOL

ON THE MOVE - STUDENTS IN CHANGING SPACE
2nd year: Annu Ahlström, Johannes Heikkilä, Iiris Juvonen, Sanna Lappalainen, Mira Matilainen, Annika Perttilä, Annina Savolainen, Riikka Sutinen, Petriina Koivunen, Merja Simberg


WE WERE ALL TOO BUSY
09.09.2008 - 28.09.2008
FREE ART SCHOOL: VIRVE VIITA

ON THE MOVE - STUDENTS IN CHANGING SPACE
4th year: Virve Viita


UNTO PUSA - THE MONUMENTALITY AND COSMIC SHAPES OF FIGURE
10.10.2008 - 01.02.2009


The Maire Gullichsen and Modernism series

Exact and geometric shapes are admired, but only an attentive and sensitive interpreter can give geometrical shapes rhythmically expressive life. Creative art is not limp aesthetics or secretively mumbling enthusiasm. All art is living dynamics, creating and shaping its own environment. So wrote Unto Pusa in his class book Plastillinen sommittelu (Plastic Composition), in which he also discussed the limitations to the teaching of art.

The exhibition The Monumentality and Cosmic Shapes of Figure reviews the oeuvre of Unto Pusa, art theorist and master of Finnish monumental painting, through the thematics of the Three Graces, which is typical of Pusa’s art.

In collaboration with: the South Karelia Art Museum, Lappeenranta, the Helsinki City Art Museum and the Aine Art Museum, Tornio.


BACKLIGHT 08 | 8TH INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIENNIAL
10.10.2008 - 01.02.2009


Pori Art Museum is involved in the International Photographic Triennial Backlight 08 and will exhibit the work of six triennial artists at the Museum’s MEDIApoint.
A total of 56 artists were selected from over 500 applicants to take part in the Backlight festival.
The Backlight exhibition at Pori will be shown in three stages:
October 10–November 16, 2008
Reiner Riedler, Austria / Anu Suhonen, Finland
November 18–28, 2008
Herman van den Boom, Belgium / Mai Yamashita/Naoto Kobayashi, Germany
December 30, 2008–February 2, 2009
Jan von Holleben, Germany / Marco E Saverio Lanza, Italy
www.backlight.fi


‘LIGHTSHADOWCOMPLEX’
10.10.2008 - 01.02.2009
MISCHA KUBALL

The autumn season at Pori Art Museum opens with the exhibition by German media and light artist, Mischa Kuball (b. 1959), a professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. For over 20 years, Kuball has been studying light and the possibilities of using it in various forms, and LightShadowComplex will be his first exhibition in Finland. Kuball is well known for his works for which he reshapes built environments and spaces using light. In 1990, for instance, for his six-week-long project Megazeichen (Megasigns) he directed, after office hours, all the lights on the floors of a skyscraper in Düsseldorf, decorating the cityscape with huge symbols that with mathematical precision were continually changing.

At the Pori Art Museum, Kuball combines light with numbers and letters to build a work that unsettles both the viewer’s ability to interpret shapes and his sense of balance.

To accompany the exhibition the artist’s work is also presented in a large publication, Mischa Kuball ...in progress, Projects 1980–2007, which will be on sale at the Pori Art Museum shop.

The organisations collaborating on this exhibition include: the Kunstverein Hannover, the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art, the Beijing Royal Art Museum, the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and the Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest.

Kuball’s space-exploring works will be built at the Hall, Wing and Lobby of the Pori Art Museum.

www.mischakuball.com/


 

 

 

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