26.5.-16.9. Herb Ritts, In Full Light - International Photographic Exhibition
American Herb Ritts (1952-2002) rose to worldwide fame mostly because of his black-and-white fashion prints and portraits of public figures. Ritts´ career as a photographer began in the 1970s. With his sculpture-like fashion images his reputation grew to the point that he started working with top fashion designers such as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Gianni Versace. The most well known of his works include sensuous nude studies of supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour. Produced by Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia in co-operation with Herb Ritts Foundation.
In the studio 26.5.-16.9.2018 Silja Selonen, Sonata https://www.selonen.fi/
The name of Silja Selonens exhibition -Sonata- denotes to sounds of nature and melody of life. Beside exposed paintings you can listen to immemorial genetic code. Last year Silja had opportunity to work with scientists in Turku University`s Biochemistry department of Molecular Plant Biology. Assistant professor Paula Mulo introduced her to one of the oldest bacteria on earth. Part of its genetic code has now been transformed to frequencies by using audio-software. The software is based on measurements of molecules resonations, so You can say that this sound-file is an auditory structure of certain molecule. Silja Selonen is studying nature and natural sciences to understand the laws of universe. When painting she often combines abstraction to realism, and is interested in innovative techniques.
17.2.-13.5.2018 Anja Aho (1931-1992), sculptures
and Salo Artists´ Association 50 years
Salo Artists´ Association was founded in 1968. One of the founding members was sculptor Anja Aho, and an exhibition of her work is being shown in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of Salo Artists´ Association. Anja Aho(née Virtanen) studied at Turku Drawing School at the end of the 1940s. From 1950 to 1952 she was a private student of Wäinö Aaltonen, and from 1954 to 1956 she was at the Danish Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Anja Aho moved to Salo in the early 1960s, where she produced a large number of commissioned portraits and works portraying the closeness she shared with her loved ones. The Anja Aho exhibition was produced by Salo art museum. The 50th anniversary exhibition of Salo Artists´ Association, curated by artist Raakel Kuukka, features its members´ latest works.
17.2.-13.5.2018 In the tower Taina Kurtze
30.9.2017- 4.2. 2018 Elliott Erwitt, Retrospective - International Photographic Exhibition
Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan, then emigrated to the US, via France, with his family in 1939. As a teenager living in Hollywood, he developed an interest in photography and worked in a commercial darkroom before experimenting with photography at Los Angeles City College. In 1948 he moved to New York and exchanged janitorial work for film classes at the New School for Social Research.
Erwitt travelled in France and Italy in 1949 with his trusty Rolleiflex camera. In 1951 he was drafted for military service and undertook various photographic duties while serving in a unit of the Army Signal Corps in Germany and France. While in New York, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, the former head of the Farm Security Administration. Stryker initially hired Erwitt to work for the Standard Oil Company, where he was building up a photographic library for the company, and subsequently commissioned him to undertake a project documenting the city of Pittsburgh.
In 1953 Erwitt joined Magnum Photos and worked as a freelance photographer for Collier´s, Look, Life, Holiday and other luminaries in that golden period for illustrated magazines. To this day he is for hire and continues to work for a variety of journalistic and commercial outfits. In the late 1960s Erwitt served as Magnum´s president for three years. He then turned to film: in the 1970s he produced several noted documentaries and in the 1980s eighteen comedy films for Home Box Office. Erwitt became known for benevolent irony, and for a humanistic sensibility traditional to the spirit of Magnum.
30.9.2017-4.2.2018 in the studio The Lap by Esko Keski-Vähälä and Seppo Kalliokoski
20.5.-17.9.2017 Lace and Luxury
In past centuries lace has often been used to embellish clothing and home decoration. Initially lace was a thing of luxury, but is nowadays more commonplace. Although handmade lace has gradually given way to the machine-made version, its fragile structure continues to enhance and beautify people´s everyday lives and festivities. This exhibition presents a look at the history of lace by means of artworks - from 17th-century portraits and interiors to contemporary works, where it is even used as a medium. Also on display are examples of lace textiles, both old and new, some of which are similar to the lace depicted in the works. The exhibition combines art and craftsmanship with cultural and social history. The items on display have been loaned by museums, private collections and contemporary artists in Finland and other Nordic countries. The exhibition is Salo Art Museum´s own production.
4.2.-7.5.2017 Heikki Willamo, The Mythical Journey
Through his pictures of animals and landscapes in Finland and northern Norway, photographic artist Heikki Willamo (b. 1952) travels back in time to ancient history and the mythical beginnings that had gone before. Willamo thus links himself to a chain forged over millennia by creators of animal images, trying to find his way back to the primal images - the internal visions - that arise from myths and stories, apparitions, dreams and beliefs in which animals have other kinds of significance. This exhibition of black and white photographs also includes a video artwork about Willamo by Perttu Saksa, as well as soundscapes by Kie von Hertzen.
22.10.2016-22.1.2017 Ester Helenius
The Painter Ester Helenius (1875-1955) has retained a place in Finnish art history as an intense and refined user of colour. She was a resolute artist who was aware of her calling and who saw fit to paint impulsively. Helenius is primarily known for her sensitive portraits and floral still-lifes. Classical dance themes, harlequin images, and subjects with religious undertones - such as angels and atmospheric views of cathedrals - also pprovided her with the means to express motion and beauty. This exhibition is a production of Hämeenlinna Art Museum.
In the studio of the tower 22.10.-22.1. Marjukka Vainio, Photographs
28.5-9.10.2016 Lyyli Säilä, Uuno Eskola and friends
At the beginning of the 20th century there was a group of artists working in Salo who were friends for decades: Matti Warén, Uuno Eskola, Viljo Hurme, Lyyli Säilä and Ben Renvall. This exhibition was put together by Salo Art Museum in order to raise awareness of their works, especially those of Uuno Eskola (1889-1958) and Lyyli Säilä (1905-1967). Born in Pertteli, Uuno Eskola´s life´s work branched out in many directions. He was an expressionist painter and also a writer. His novel about artists, The Seductions of Blood, was published in 1923. Eskola worked in Rauma as a theatre director, and in Tampere as a set designer and actor. He also directed one of the first films in Finland at the end of the 1920s. After the war, he created mosaic works for public spaces, including churches. Salo painter Lyyli Säilä is known mainly for her depictions of scenes from her local area, but she also produced many portraits. Säilä often spent her summers in Kustavi, her mother´s birthplace, and also painted the things that she saw around her there.
30.1.-15.5.2016 Photographer Juha Metso, retrospective Emotion in Motion
Photographer Juha Metso (b. 1965) is from Kotka and has been successful as both a photojournalist and as a photographic artist. Metso has photographed in over 60 countries, particularly behind the eastern border of Finland in Karelia and deep into Russia, and also in Africa and Afghanistan. He has been a media photographer for several Finnish publications, from the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat to the weekly magazine Suomen Kuvalehti. Along with his commissioned assignments, Metso has always created his more artistic work. This includes pictures for several artists´ album covers, as well as books of photographs. Several of the books focus on musicians and artists who Metso knows personally (e.g. Ville Haapasalo, Kari Peitsamo, Juice Leskinen, Miina Äkkijyrkkä, and the rock band Sielun Veljet); others are about places that Metso finds interesting, together with the people who live there - such as Benin with its voodoo culture, and the ceded territories Suursaari and Karelia. The exhibition is a co-production with Lappeenranta Art Museum.
Video of Juha Metso
30.1.-17.4. In the studio of the tower Justin Houessou, Photo Jeunesse
These are portraits which were taken in the photographer´s studio in Grand-Popo, Benin, in the 1960s and 70s.
17.10.2015-17.1.2016 New Narrative and Reader
The artists participating in New Narrative and Reader were: visual artist Erno Enkenberg, painter Sami Havia, visual artist Pauliina Kaasalainen, photographer Laura Konttinen, painter Teemu Korpela, sculptor Sampo Malin, textile artist Niina Mantsinen, photographer Karoliina Paappa, photographer Sami Parkkinen, painter Tiina Pyykkinen, visual artist duo Maria Teeri & Janne Nabb, sculptor Taneli Rautiainen, video artist Bita Razavi, and painter Camilla Vuorenmaa. New Narrative and Reader features contemporary art in many different forms: photographs, paintings, sculptures and installations. Its concept was inspired by the museum building´s history. Köönikkä aimed to curate an exhibition in which both the artworks as well as their origin stories form a narrative for the audience to compare with their own experiences. Sited within a former library, New Narrative and Reader contributes to the ongoing act of collecting stories within the space. "When the premises still functioned as a library, the world of books and stories was reached only by a limited audience. Now as a museum, visual artworks can ideally achieve even wider audience, including illiterate people and those outside the language barriers" states Köönikkä. "Unlike it´s generally thought, accessibility of contemporary art isn´t dependent on orthodox understanding of the artwork but the sensations and thoughts that are raised when experiencing the artwork. True challenge for museums isn´t art itself, but how to guide the audience to see art with an open mind."
Curator MA Laura Köönikkä, exhibition partners The Finnish Institute in London and Embassy of Finland in London. The exhibition was supported by the Arts Promotion Centre in Finland and Frame Visual Art Finland. The exhibition was open in Bury Art Museum and Sculptuire Centre 6.6.-29.8.2015 and in Finland at the Salo Art Museum from October 17, 2015 to January 17, 2016
In the studio of the tower 1.12.2015-17.1.2016 Sami Kilpiö, Always Tough but Never Good
Documentary photo series of Salo (town in South-West Finland) portrays the financial breakdown of the richest town in Finland within just a few years. The hype of mobile technology delivered massive tax revenue to the town with 50 000 inhabitants during two decades. Closing down the Nokia mobile phone business reclaimed the town back to its own league in the 2010´s when jobs and tax revenue disappeared. The larger story behind the photo series of Salo portrays the structural change of Finland. How does a town look like when a factory is closed down and employees made redundant? When money no longer goes round, city center becomes desolate and people start moving away. When houses don´t sell. When violence increases. And when the former mobile phone factory houses a sex fair. The series seen in the exhibition is a fragment of Kilpiö´s documentary photo book, which will be published in winter 2015-16. Sami Kilpiö (b. 1985) is photographer and photojournalist from Salo. He takes photographs of wide variety of subjects for various purposes: anything from portraits to photos for feature stories. Kilpiö works for the biggest Finnish and European magazines.
30.5.-4.10.2015 Leena Luostarinen, Distant Love
The subject matter and execution of Leena Luostarinen´s paintings movingly convey the artist´s own emotions and experiences. The works do not tell a linear story, but they share key elements of space and atmosphere. These paintings include the artist´s most familiar subjects: large, dormant felines plus ibises, sphinxes and flowers. The exhibition gives an overall picture of this esteemed artist´s works from the late 1960s right up to the very last paintings that she produced. Curated by Bishop Arseni, a friend of the artist´s for several decades.
31.1.-17.5. Nick Brandt, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
The Salo Art Museum Roundhouse opened the 2015 program with the internationally acclaimed photographer Nick Brandt´s photo exhibition On This Earth, A Shadow Falls. The exhibition of over 60 large-format black-and-white photographs in celebration of the threatened and unique wildlife and nature of East Africa filled every room of the Salo Art Museum. The exhibition was produced by the Swedish Fotografiska Museet, which organized Nick Brandt´s extensive solo exhibition back in 2011.
In the studio of the tower 31.1.-17.5. Mats Andersson, Intimations
11.10.2014 - 18.1.2015 Photographs of Old Salo
An exhibition of memories and the fascinating world of a lost Salo through old photographs. The township of Salo was established in 1887, just before the great fire of Salo. The oldest known photograph of Salo is J.J. Reinberg´s shot of the town square before the fire. In the beginning of the 1900s, the photographs were largely taken with glass negatives, of which only a few remain. The prints of the exhibition were made from these rare specimens belonging to the collections of the town of Salo and the Salo-Uskela Association. A key player was Salo´s Uusi Valokuvaamo, which continued into the 1930s as Valokuvaamo Ritvana. This exhibition is a production of the Salo Art Museum.
In the studio of the tower 11.10.2014 - 18.1.2015 Spaces of Time / Kai Fagerström and Andréa Vannucchi
The past of deserted houses, deterioration of old buildings, and actual inhabitants vanished from residences - these become the connecting theme for this artist duo. On the basis of these, the photographers were able to build from abandoned places a space for re-membering and create a visual reconstruction without verbal information through artistic means. By bringing different reflections and layers of time to the spaces, the photographers animate the abandoned houses presented in the works of Spaces of Time. The exhibition collects thoughts of time, permanence and memories, as well as a way of life that no longer exists. All the photos were produced collaboratively.
7.6. - 28.9.2014. Olli Lyytikäinen, retrospective. And the Harvesters.
Olli Lyytikäinen (1949-1987) was an extremely prolific artist who stubbornly stuck to the figurative and the imagination. Lyytikäinen was the founder of a group of artists in 1970, the Harvesters. At the same time as Lyytikäinen´s exhibition, the following Harvesters are also presented: Pekka Airaksinen, Carolus Enckell, Antero Kare, Philip von Knorring, Jan-Olof Mallander, Leo Ruuskanen, Carl-Erik Ström, Ilkka Juhani Takalo-Eskola, Erik Uddström, Janne Vainio, Peter Widén and Stuart Wrede. Lyytikäinen´s retrospective is made in cooperation with the Nordic Akvarellmuseet located in Sweden.
29.3. - 25.5.2014 Ilona Niemi, Wasteland
Ilona Niemi treats impermanence in her work. In the pieces of the Wasteland exhibition, there come together references that are typical to Niemi: literature, myths and fashion, personal mythology and symbolism, and sophisticated but sometimes very crooked and playful modes of expression. In addition to paintings and installations, three-dimensional collages from recycled materials are featured. Wasteland refers to the poem by T.S. Eliot, which parallels Niemi´s work in many ways and where one can even find a glimpse of La Pia, which in Niemi´s life corresponds to her lost childhood friend Piia.
29.3. - 25.5.2014 Jaana Partanen and the Pa-La Team, Alchemy of Mind
The Alchemy of Mind trilogy reflects on the essence of the mind and consciousness. It is the first art exhibition series to be executed in 3D format in Finland. By means of interactive works, the central part, the Matrix layer that focuses on the enigma of the sleeping mind, brings to the realm of art the newest innovations of 3D techniques and game technology, such as virtual-reality glasses and the dreamlike reality produced by them. Belonging to the first part of the trilogy, the Harry Potter layer, there are also enchanting 3D photographs.
18.1. - 16.3.2014 Restlessness
The artists involved in the exhibition were Heini Aho, Saara Ekström, Marjatta Holma, IC-98, Kati Immonen, Anne Koskinen, Nuutti Koskinen, Erkki Nampajärvi, Mika Natri, Elsa Salonen, Kimmo Schroderus and Noora Schroderus. The art critic Veikko Halmetoja served as the curator of the exhibition. The exhibition was produced by the Salo Art Museum Roundhouse in cooperation with the Arts Promotion Centre of Southwest Finland. Curator Veikko Halmetoja.
In the studio of the tower 18.1. - 16.3.2014 Glass artist Hanna Virtomaa, The Women´s Floor
Glass artist Hanna Virtomaa (b. 1963) creates functional and decorative glass through techniques of melting and lead came. Virtomaa has studied glass art in Scotland 2001-2003 (Glasgow College of Building and Printing, Glasgow Metropolitan College). Ideas are found partially from recycled materials such as old window frames.