Finnish contemporary art in Frankfurt

Finland is Guest of Honour of Frankfurt International Book Fair 2014. In conjunction with the fair, two exhibitions presenting Finnish contemporary art are now open in Frankfurt.


Matters of Time. Artists from Finland.

Frankfurter Kunstverein

25 July – 12 October 2014

elena_nasanen_ohikulkija_2013Group exhibition brings together works by eight artists and artist duos, offering an indepth look at diverse approaches within contemporary Finnish art.

Using different media, including photography, video, sculpture, sound, and computer animation, the exhibited works address the nature of time and metaphors of transience.

More than in almost any other Nordic country, in Finland the rhythm of life is closely linked to nature and the changing light conditions. The activeness of being outside during the white nights of summer alternates with the reclusive, slowed-down life inside during the darkness of winter. In such Nordic countries the passage of time can thus be perceived as being either fast or very slow. The participating artists address this range of perceptions in different ways: by creating a sensual impression of the transition between inside and outside, by experimenting with space and time through the use of the body, sound, or language, or by employing instructions for action resulting from collective socio-political projects. When engaging with the works the viewers are confronted with their own individual perception of time and space, and their awareness for the passage of time is heightened.
Participating artists / artist duos: Maija Blåfield, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, IC-98 (Visa Suonpää & Patrik Söderlund), Mikko Kuorinki, Minna Långström, Salla Myllylä, Elena Näsänen, Pink Twins (Juha & Vesa Vehviläinen).

Curator: Holger Kube Ventura

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Potretti – Contemporary Finnish Photography

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

4 October – 30 November 2014

PR_Iiu-Susiraja_Luuta-2010As part of the Finnish Guest of Honour programme Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 the exhibition Potretti introduces seven contemporary photographic artists from Finland, who investigate subjects via the genre of portraiture. Through diverse media of photographs, film, video, collage each artist has a unique method of working and an exceptional subject to visualize. The portraits and self-portraits of Elina Brotherus, Ulla Jokisalo, Harri Pälviranta, Nelli Palomäki, Raakel Kuukka, Iiu Susiraja and Santeri Tuori are the key symbol used to reveal their stories and surpassing documentary presentation. Through observation of the world around them they create intimate staged settings of pleasure, self-reflection or irony. Themes of childhood, youth, the body, motherhood, family, aging and violence and photography itself are leitmotifs, which accompany this exhibition.

Curator: Celina Lunsford

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Satellite programme COOL2014 is organised by The Finnish Institute in Germany.

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Elina Näsänen: Passerby, 2013.
Iiu Susiraja: Luuta, 2010.