Many countries of Europe are celebrating Finland’s 100 years of independence at 6th of December together. This is the perfect timing to throw a specific look at the country, which introduced women´s right to vote first in Europe. Because you won´t get there by pure coincidence. The interest in Scandinavia and especially in Finland increased heavily during the past years, even though the view at the country of Jean Sibelius, Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, Paavo Nurmi, M.A. Numminen, Linus Torvalds or Kimi Räikkönen is often incomplete.
Of course, the selection of six young Finnish artists does not raise claim to the wholeness of a portrayal of contemporary art landscape of Finland. The positions of group exhibition ›KUUSI‹ (Finnish for ›six‹ and ›spruce‹) represent different varieties of art. They combine works of artists to a suspense-packed combination and give a sneak peek of the diverse contemporary art of Finland. Finland, a country that is more and more present in the international art discourse.
The six positions are ranging from Olli Piippop´s mainly abstract paintings to the large-sized canvas and oil works from Jukka Rusanen, to Ville Kylätasku´s abstractly-figurative art and Ville Andersson´s photography, paintings and drawings, all the way to Sanna Kannisto´s staged nature photographs and finally to Mimosa Pale´s performance.
›KUUSI‹ wants to invite all of the visitors to approach to Finland and its contemporary art in a personal way. Celebrate the hundredth birthday of the country in the north of the European Union together with us.
We want to thank for the wonderful cooperation and the support of Finnish company with long standing tradition iittala, whose objects we are presenting at our premises during the exhibition. Furthermore, we want to say thank you to Finnish embassy in Berlin, Finland-Institute in Germany, German-Finnish Society, Helsinki Contemporary and last but not least thanks to our fantastic artists.
Kiitos ja onneksi olkoon! (Finnish: Thank you very much and congratulations!)
›KUUSI‹ – a declaration of love for the contemporary Finnish art – was opened on September 9, 2017 in Konstanz by
Dr. Hubert Büchel, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Switzerland and Honorary Consul of Finland in the Principality of Liechtenstein
Mari Koskela, Federal President of the German-Finnish Society
Jürgen Keck, member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg
Nese Erikli, member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg
Juliane Lachenmann, gallerist and art historian