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Summertime in Denmark

25.6.2018 by

Summer means, at least for the most of us, more free time to do everything that we didn’t have time to when we were stuck at work. The good thing with Denmark is that there is always something to do here, from music festivals to garden parties. To make it a little easier for you to find an interesting exhibition or a good book to read, we’ve comprised the following list that you can check out.

Summer reading:

During the last year many great Finnish books were translated into Danish. So if you’d like to learn some Danish and at the same time satisfy your curiosity for Finnish literature and culture, then check out one of the following books:

Minna Lindgren, Hellere flygte end frygte, Jensen & Dalgaard 2017.

Roope Lipasti, Udflugt med urne, TURBINE 2017.

Riku Korhonen, Lægeroman, TURBINE 2017.

Laura Lindstedt, Oneiron, Rosinante 2017.

Tommi Kinnunen, Lyset bag dine øjne, Rosinante 2017.

Kjell Westö, Den svovlgule himmel, Rosinante 2017.

Kjell Westö, Drakarna över Helsingfors, Batzer & Co. 2018.

Cia Rinne, Notes for soloists, Gyldendal 2017.

Cia Rinne, L’usage du mot, Gyldendal 2017.

Kari Hotakainen, Åndehul, Gyldendal 2018.



There have been some amazing exhibitions with Finnish artists this year. Kaarina Kaikkonen’s You Remain in Me in Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg and Ulla Jokisalo’s and Hilla Kurki’s The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo & Hilla Kurki in Dialogue will run the whole summer into august and september.

Kaarina Kaikkonen You Remain in Me, Kunsten 09.05-16.09.2018.

Kaarina Kaikkonen – Bird on a Wire

Ulla Jokisalo and Hilla Kurki The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo & Hilla Kurki in Dialogue 09.06-12.08.2018.

Hilla Kurki. In Between Past 2017.

Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalbrog also arranges every Wednesday throughout the whole summer ”Summer lounges” in their garden. Here you can listen to music and different talks, while in the shade of Kaarina Kaikkonen’s artworks.

Jazz in Copenhagen:

The Copenhagen Jazz festival will descend upon the Danish capital city from July 6-15 and there are performances where a Finnish person is active in.

Anna Kruse og Edithband feat. Stina Ekblad 7.7.2018, Krudttønden, København Ø.

CæCilie Norby – Summer Dreams. Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala is a part of the band, 12.7.2018 Skuespilhusets store scene, København K.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival is filled with amazing artists and programs for you to check out.

Complete program:


The Invisible Film Star

18.6.2018 by

In the small town of Kokkola in northwestern Finland, foley artist Heikki Kossi focuses on the screen in front of him. Then when the main character starts walking Kossi also starts taking steps, synchronizing his with the character’s in the movie. Fifty percent of the movie experience is sound, however the majority of the sounds are imbedded into the movie afterwards, by a foley artist. Explosions, movements, rain and you name it is recorded in a studio and created by combining different sounds and objects.

“The sound is noticed (by the audience) only when there is something wrong with it”, Kossi says as he takes a sip from his coffee. Heikki Kossi came to Denmark in September to provide a live foley performance of the movie Moonshiners together with the Ykspihlajan Kino-Orchestra. For this performance Kossi had with him two huge luggage bags filled with props. For Moonshiners Kossi had reserved “…a couple of shoes, for the character’s footsteps, a phonebook, providing the sounds of paper money, a wooden comb and a leather luggage bag to create the wheel sounds for the cart that the main characters are pushing”.

Heikki Kossi has made the foley sound to numerous movies. In the movie database IMDB Kossi has a whooping 316 credits in the sound department. Kossi has also made the sound to many Danish movies such as Vinterbrødre, Borg vs McEnroe, Underverden, Qeda and many more.  

Picture: Clas-Olav Slotte. Heikki Kossi in his studio.

When creating a foley sound Kossi has to ask himself: what kind of an actor is it? Is he/ she aggressive? Heavily built? How are the sounds going to go together with the personality of the character in question? To Kossi foley sound is an artistic process. He compares the audio vision of the foley artist to the visual vision of the director. This is especially the case when the sounds that he is asked to create become abstractive.

Picture: Clas-Olav Slotte. Heikki Kossi at work.

“The curtains are swinging like the wings of an angel”, Kossi says has been one of the instructions given to him. Sounds in movies doesn’t have to be realistic as long as they support the ambience of the movie. I can notice the pride in Kossi’s voice as he tells me how he created layers of paper-like sounds to create the sound that the clouds makes in Den lille prinsen. One time Kossi got the directive to make a sound for a reptile rising up from under the water. The sound was supposed to be slimy and hard. After thinking about it a lot Kossi took a wet rag, pine cones and a cut orange. By combining these he got the sound he was searching for.

Heikki Kossi is glad that he decided to go into foley and the success that he is enjoying. He also says that he doesn’t really mind that he doesn’t get as much recognition as other people involved in making the movie. But remember the next time you go and see a film that there is a high probability that the sounds that you’re hearing is created in an industrial studio in northwestern part of Finland.

The next movie that Heikki Kossi has made the foley sound to that is screening in Denmark is Violinisten, that has it’s premiere 21.6.2018.

The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo & Hilla Kurki in dialogue

13.6.2018 by

Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen opened their doors on 9.6.2018 to the dialogue exhibition “The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo and Hilla Kurki in dialogue” featuring the two Finnish artists Ulla Jokisalo and Hilla Kurki. In this exhibition two photographers representing different generations gather in one space to create a dialogue. Log Lady in the exhibition’s name refers to the exhibitions namesake character in Twin Peaks. Like the Log Lady in Twin Peaks, Ulla Jokisalo and Hilla Kurki communicates with another dimension through a medium – in this case through pictures. The exhibition also shares the mystic elements that are so prevalent in Twin Peaks.

The works of the two artists differ from each other, but they do also contain many similarities. Both photographers work with body, gender and identity; personal history is an important inspiration to both photographers and they work with clothes and handiwork, for example scissors or needles.

Hilla Kurki presents at Fotografisk center pictures from her series “Of Loss and Lightness”. The series tells about Kurki’s feelings of loss when she lost her sister. Clothes, handicraft, the scissor and the body are central in Kurki’s works. The material Kurki uses, such as the carpet that is seen in Woven, is made by the artist herself. 

Hilla Kurki, Woven, Fotografisk center.

Ulla Jokisalo’s work can sometimes become surreal, for example when a deer head, or the head of an owl, replaces the head of an elegantly clothed woman. In this exhibition Ulla Jokisalo uses cutouts from women’s magazines as well as from her childhood pictures to create the images in this exhibition.

Ulla Jokisalo, Dance macabre, Fotografisk center.


Hilla Kurki, To Hold, Fotografisk center


Ulla Jokisalo, Dandy, Fotografisk Center


The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo & Hilla Kurki in dialogue

Fotografisk Center, Staldgade 16, Copenhagen

09.06 – 12.08.2018.

Kaarina Kaikkonen – You Remain In Me

6.6.2018 by

Kaarina Kaikkonen –  ‘You Remain in Me’

Outside a myriad of shirts in different colours connects the Aalborg tower with the forest surrounding the museum. It almost feels magical how the shirts are flailing high above , the wind grabbing the garments. These shirts, now without a clear owner, were donated to this artwork by museum guests and is a part of one of two massive artworks that Kaarina Kaikkonen made to Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg.

Kaarina Kaikkonen’s first ever solo exhibition in a Danish art museum opened in the beginning of May in Kunsten in Aalborg. The exhibition ‘You Remain in Me’ transformed the area surrounding the museum as well as the inside of the museum with spectacular installations. Outside colourful shirts connect the Aalborg tower with the surrounding forest and inside you can see a huge installation made out of toilet paper tubes, as well as sculptures and other installations by Kaarina Kaikkonen.

Kaarina Kaikkonen – Bird on a wire. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

“First is the feeling and then I think about what kind of piece of art I could make about this feeling. So in a way all my art is about existence as a human being, and the feelings. How is it? What is the difficulty of being a human being, with all different kinds of feelings”.

Feelings are important inspiration in Kaarina Kaikkonen’s works. Kaikkonen’s father died when she was young and she found some solace in his old clothes. From there on she has liked to reuse materials, such as second hand-clothing, for her art. She thinks that the presence of the owner lingers on in the clothes that he/ she has used. It’s also from here that the title ‘You Remain in Me’ comes from, referring to how her father lives on through Kaarina Kaikkonen and her art.

‘You Remain in Me’ has received a lot of praise in Politiken, Jyllands-Posten, Nordjyske and in TV2nord. The exhibition will run in Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg until 16.9.2018.

Exhibition homepage:

Kunsten has made a wonderful video interview in cooperation with Louisiana Channel from which you can learn more about Kaarina Kaikkonen and her way towards becoming an artist.

Kaarina Kaikkonen – You Remain In Me. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

4 x finsk kunstdesign at Kunstmuseet i Tønder

17.10.2017 by

Kunstmuseet i Tønder’s new exhibition 4 x finsk kunstdesign shows a different take on the golden age of Finnish design, which is usually depicted through the works of Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva. This exhibition focuses on showing the audience something new, an unknown side of Finnish design. The exhibition consists of works by Michael Schilkin, Kaj Franck, Helena Tynell and Rut Bryk.

Helena Tynell, Skov, 1968-1976

Rut Bryk, Michael Schilkin, various pieces


Markku Valkonen, the exhibition’s curator, says that the idea was: ”Not to do a typical Finnish international design exhibition, which is usually abstract, clear glass and not much colour. The Finnish history is a bit different, especially in the 40’s. There is much colour, a strong connection to sculpting and a picturesque element”.

Michael Schilkin, Maske, udateret

The reason why Schilkin, Franck, Tynell and Bryk didn’t acquire international fame, and why some Finnish people aren’t even familiar with the name Schilkin is according to Valkonen: ”The breakthrough during 1950’s of pure form, simplistic and minimalistic design. For the next decades it was specifically this type of design that were presented as Finnish design, and the rest was forgotten”.

Schilkin, Franck, Tynell, Bryk, Aalto, Wirkkala and Sarpaneva all worked in a Finland that hade been severely weakened by the Second World War and by the war reparations to the Soviet Union. Nevertheless Finnish design moved forward with innovative designs. Alongside design that was heavily influenced by Finnish nature was design that was inspired by free art, blurring the lines between design and sculpture/relief. The latter movement has started to gain some ground.

”Even art and what people are interested in is cyclical” says Valkonen, referring to an exhibition at EMMA which showed early works by Rut Bryk and which generated a huge interest from the public.

Kaj Franck, Skål med håndtag, 1970’erne

Kyösti Kakkonen

 The works exhibited at 4 x finsk kunstdesign is unique in two ways. Firstly it focuses on shedding new light on the history of Finnish design. Secondly the art works exhibited comes from a private art collection, more specifically from Kyösti Kakkonen’s collection.

Kakkonen has a vast art collection, consisting of about 10 000 art pieces. The focus of his collection lies in ceramic and glass art. Kakkonen is also generous with his collection, borrowing pieces to all over the world. Kakkonens engagement in art and the sheer size of his collection means that there are unique pieces just waiting to find an audience. Many of the works in 4x finsk kunstdesign has probably never been shown after they were made many decades ago.





The exhibiton can be seen until 3.4.2018 at Kunstmuseet i Tønder.

Rut Bryk, Venetiansk Palads: Harlequin, 1955

Michael Schilkin, Liggende figur, 1940’erne