Rovaniemi Art Museum celebrates the centenary of Finnish independence by the exhibition presenting the art of post-war era.
After the World War II, the Finnish Lapland was a destroyed region. Beside the material rebuilding, cultural activities were an important part of mental rebuilding. The festive exhibition at Korundi presents widely the visual art of that period of time. The exhibition tells us in an interesting way what matters were considered important. The faith to future and a better tomorrow can be found elsewhere but in the images of disaster and destruction.
The exhibition will be carried out in cooperation with the University of Lapland and their “FEENIKS – art and culture as a part of mental and material rebuilding after the Lappish War” –project in autumn 2017. The researchers’ initial hypothesis is that the destruction extended its effects deep in people’s relationship with the past, definition of the present and expectations of the future. That time still lives here and now, both in good and bad. According to the professor Marja Tuominen, many Finns didn’t know and don’t yet know a bit of the Lappish destruction. Also the special material and mental characteristics concerning the Lapland rebuilding have got only little notice. These matters the Feeniks-project researchers will take out. The art history professor Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja from the project researchers will work also in planning the exhibition.
Painting by A.E. Järvinen, 1951. Rovaniemi City Collection.