The significant collection of Pohjola Bank Art Foundation covers Finnish art from the golden-age until the present day. Throughout its history the Bank has kept an open mind what comes to its acquirements of artworks and continues being very active with its purchases. Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Pekka Halonen and Helene Schjerfbeck were contemporary artists of their time and much spoken of in the artistic circles. On the other hand, the most recent additions to the collection are good examples of phenomena characteristic to our time.
To select pieces from the past and the present and to set them side by side has served as the red thread for the exhibition.
Finnish contemporary art from the collection of the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Art Foundation. The five halls of the exhibition tell us about time and the atmosphere associated to the concept of time which the artists create. Time is measured by vague and precise indicators. An hour is as long everywhere in the world but a year and a day are more vague phenomena. Experiencing time is a very personal and relative feeling. The world floats along time like in the art works of Kari Laitinen, Floating World V and IV.
The art of Reidar Särestöniemi is much anchored in his home environment. In his works one can find the sunny summer night, autumn colours, snowy fells, reindeer, willow grouses and the scenery of the nightly grounds of Särestö. Through these images, poetic and dreamy state of mind can be transmitted to the viewer; a world where the fish play and the reindeer become moonstruck. In the art of Reidar Särestöniemi, the nature of Lapland obtains its full blossom and shows all its colours.
The exhibition opens the door to the workshops and ateliers of Finnish artists. Photographer Jussi Tiainen and his camera have peeked into the workshops of well-known contemporary Finnish artists. The exhibition transports visitors to places where few of us have ever been, to the private space of artists. In addition to the workshops, the exhibition also includes works of art created in them.
Lapland in Art from the 1800s to Today. Exhibition is produced by Ateneum Art Museum. The Magic of Lapland exhibition has chosen to focus on the impressions of Finnish Lapland given by art.
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