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Finnish jazz pianist sensation gives concert in Copenhagen

27.4.2015 by
Iiro Rantala

Photo: Iiro Rantala

 

One of Europe’s biggest jazz pianists, Iiro Rantala, will give an intimate concert in Østerbro on Saturday the 2nd of May 2015.

Rantala is known for his excellent technique and musical sensitivity and is often described as “a natural on the piano”.

Now he is giving an exclusive and intimate solo concert at Frihavns Kirke on Saturday 2nd of May at 20:00. Tickets cost DKK 100 and can be bought in advance here or at the door.

More info about the concert here.

Get at taste of what to expect from Saturday’s concert:

 

Affective Attunements – Eeva-Riitta Eerola & Maija Luutonen

12.2.2015 by

Eeva-Riitta Eerola: In Sight I, 2014; Becoming, 2014; Brushwood I, 2014

Eeva-Riitta Eerola:
In Sight I; Becoming; Brushwood I, 2014

Maija Luutonen: Blue Black Replacement, 2013; International Paper; Multichrome, 2013 International Paper; Nature Is Relentless, Part 1 & Part 2, 2013

Maija Luutonen: Blue Black Replacement; Multichrome;
Nature Is Relentless, Part 1 and Part 2, 2013

Photos by Linda Lehtovirta

The relationship between the art work and the viewer is interesting – what happens when a person looks at a certain art work. That relationship is being examined in the exhibition Affective Attunements by two Finnish contemporary artists Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1980) and Maija Luutonen (b. 1978) at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard. The exhibition is curated by Professor Leevi Haapala of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

Watch the two artists tell about their works and the processes behind the exhibition:

Eeva-Riitta Eerola:

Maija Luutonen:

The exhibition can still be seen at Galleri Bo Bjergaard gallery until Saturday 14 February 2015. 

Finnish artist duo IC-98 at GL Strand Art Cinema

6.2.2015 by
Photo: IC-98, A View from the Other Side (still), 2011, animation.

Photo: IC-98, A View from the Other Side (still), 2011, animation.

The renowned Finnish artist duo IC-98 consisting of Vesa Suonpää (s. 1968) and Patrik Söderlund (s. 1974) was founded in 1998. The duo is known for their unique drawing based film praxis where they bring into vision fantastic sceneries of change and decay. Their intensely abstracted, identifiable visual language weaves myriad bridges between the material and mythical, individual and collective, nature and culture. The duo is also going to be the Finnish representatives at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Now the Danish audience has a great chance to get to know the artistic duo when their moving animation A View from the Other Side (2011) will be screened at the Art Cinema at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND. A View from the Other Side is a poetic and historic narrative about the interconnection between architecture and politics. The main character of the animated film is Gyllich’s Doric colonnade building in Turku, Finland built built in 1836 after the then fashionable model of Stoa Poikile of ancient Athens. The building has served many functions throughout the years – everything from a fish market and a bazaar to a gas-station. In the 2010s, the city of Turku sold the property to private developers. The film follows the transformations that the building goes through across centuries taking local history as a starting point, dealing with the questions of ownership of public space, immigration, and neo-liberal city policies. This is done with a frontal view on the building and a narrative where multiple temporal rhythms overlay to form a, seamlessly, moving scenery in front of the building.

A View from the Other Side will be screened at the Art Cinema at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND from 7th of February to 3rd of May 2015. Access to the Art Cinema is gained through the main exhibition galleries and does not require a special ticket.

Work info:

Artist: written, directed and drawn by IC-98, animated by Markus Lepistö Title: A View from the Other Side Year: 2011 Format: HD-animation Length: 70’00”, seamless loop Sound: stereo sound Music by Markku Hietaharju, improvised on the grand organ of Turku Cathedral

Of Place and Presence: Nine Contemporary Artists from Finland

2.2.2015 by

It’s here! 

We are delighted to announce the launch of our publication:

Of Place and Presence: Nine Contemporary Artists from Finland

The book offers a glimpse into the works of some of the youngest, but also some of the most established, contemporary artists in Finland today, this elegant and insightful volume also characterizes the diversity of their practice; including sound, installation, performance, painting, sculpture and photography.

The nine artists are: Malin Ahlsved, Axel Antas, Maria (Mi) Duncker, Saara Ekström, Lotta Ingman, Marjo Levlin, Nina Roos, Hans Rosenström, and Kim Simonsson.

Of Place and Presence: Nine Contemporary Artists from Finland was created by author Claire Gould, a British-born Curator at Helsinki Art Museum, together with graphic designer Petri Summanen. It includes statements by Peter Michael Hornung, editor and art critic at Politiken and Markku Valkonen, writer and curator. The volume has been published as a limited edition by The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark.

Contact us at the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark: projekt@finin.dk if you are interested in receiving your own copy. We will draw ten (10) lucky winners on 18th of March in Helsinki. The winners will be contacted directly. 

If you are an arts professional or collector, and interested in receiving one, please contact us at the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark: projekt@finin.dk

‘Of Place and Presence: Nine Contemporary Artists from Finland’ Photo: Petri Summanen

‘Of Place and Presence: Nine Contemporary Artists from Finland’  Photo: Petri Summanen

Of Place and Presence: Nine Contemporary Artists from Finland’

Year of publication: 2015

Producer: The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark

Language: English

Author and Book Concept: Claire Gould

Graphic and Book Design: Petri Summanen

Project Co-ordinators: Director Esa Alanne, Lasse Garoff  at The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark

Printer: AS Ecoprint, Estonia

With support and thanks to: The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland/Svenska kulturfonden (Märta och Yngve Bäcks stipendiefond)
The Pro Artibus Foundation

With special thanks to Peter Michael Hornung, Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark & Leevi Haapala.

 

Photos of the publication by Petri Summanen.

Affective Attunements – Eeva-Riitta Eerola & Maija Luutonen, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard

14.1.2015 by

The relationship between the art work and the viewer is interesting – what happens when a person looks at a certain art work. That relationship is what will be examined in the exhibition Affective Attunements  by two Finnish contemporary artists Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1980) and Maija Luutonen (b. 1978). The exhibition is curated by Professor Leevi Haapala of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, and it is the first exhibition this year at the renowned Galleri Bo Bjerggaard.

Both artists work with the moment before the picture is seen. Luutonen works conceptually painting on paper and decides on a method and a set of rules before she starts working on a piece – a set of rules she either follows or breaks. Eerola works with oil on canvas painting abstract paintings that have reminiscences of recognizable elements. Her paintings are a process in which she tests her own signatures and the themes she works with.

Eerola’s works are represented in various Finnish institutions, including EMMA, Espoo and the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, and she has participated in many exhibitions around Europe as well as in Los Angeles over the past year. Luutonen’s works are represented in leading collections such as KIASMA, Helsinki and over the past year she has exhibited in London, Madrid, Miami and at Moderna Museet, Malmö as well as at Overgarden – Institute of Contemporary Art  in Copenhagen in 2012.

The opening reception of the exhibition will be held on Friday 16 January from 17.00 – 19.00. Both artists as well as the curator will be present at the opening reception. The exhibition can be seen in the gallery until 14 February 2015.