"To the New Rhythm" presents the artworks from Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Collection from 1950's to 1990's. The exhibition shows how the abstract art starts to take its place beside the landscapes as a permanent motif in Finnish art scene.
The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation art collection has been gathered ever since the year 1957. This exhibition contains artworks from the collection from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Landscape has been the permanent motif of Finnish art and that is true also in those decades. Abstract art was also strong from the end of 1950’s. Sam Vanni was among our first concretists and soon after him came Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Göran Augustson and Ernst Mether-Borgström. In the 1960’s Jaakko Sievänen represented informalism.
However, all our visual artists didn’t get interested in abstract art. Aimo Kanerva held on depicting Finnish landscape. He was particularly interested in the Lappish nature with its peatland landscapes and plants. For Olli Miettinen, the landscape appeared almost abstract shapes but the motifs were clearly performing. Per Stenius and Carl Wargh depicted the feeling of the landscape in a delicately expressive way.
In character painting, Helge Dahlman, Heikki Tuomela and Rafael Wardi represented closest to expressionism. In still life painting, the modern styles went on hand in hand with realistic painting.
Naming the artwork is often difficult for the artist. That is why many artworks get the name Composition or Landscape. Naming the exhibition may also be hard. The Rovaniemi Art Museum asked the audience what would be the name that tempts the viewers come and see the manifold art. How would the exhibition be described by one or two words? There were over 90 proposals from which "To the New Rhythm" was considered the most apt.