Rovaniemi Art Museum
Variations From Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Collection
Variation means a subset, adaption. This time, the subset of the works in the Wihuri Foundation will focus on works in which man-made change is significant. We live in an era in which man and industrialization have inevitably left their mark. What happens after our time, what does the world look like after us? Man himself may already be gone, but he is present for reference in a mirror image, in a religious catalog or in artefacts, and in the insane inventions. What are we, what are we developing into and what are we leaving behind? In Jyrki Siukonen's (b. 1959) work Robert / Robert (2021), the worn, dusty package is mirrored and duplicated. The work questions the reality we see - are they two packages, a mirror image of the package, or both? Why has the package been rejected and not picked up? Eetu Huhtalan's (b. 1993) Indecisive (2021) is a large-scale mechanical sculpture in which a small yellow balloon is stuck in an endlessly rotating escalator. The work underscores the concept of consumption and builds on questions of feelings of frustration and wasted potential. The title of a work means indecisive, clueless, or unresolved, and it also speaks of the powerlessness caused by the unpredictability or the non-progression of things. In her Museum installation, Maija Närhinen has placed tools, utensils, toys, stones and pinecones on the shelves side by side. There is a connection between them, although in reality, there may not be. Are perceptions of humanity ultimately as random as a child’s play? In her works, Susanna Vuorio deals with the present moment, the space around a person that exists or does not exist. My Baby highlights the artist’s typical design language and intense focus on the human figure, whose carnality and brutal physicality is a way for the artist to understand the actions of the modern world. The handprint of Finland's most beloved contemporary artist, Tommi Toija (b. 1974), is still recognizable, but the material has changed from ceramics to bronze. In Broken (2021), there is a clear reference to the bust sculptures familiar from art history, in which celebrities and powerful but less often ordinary people were immortalized. Broken has seen life and is sad. The internal and external essence has not been polished, the work is actually brutally human. Kaisaleena Halinen (b. 1973) is interested in imperfection and brokenness: human marks, dirt, cracks and wear. Her works also feature interpersonal relationships, power and violence. The sculptural heads in Requiem (2020) are both familiar and strange. They are easy to identify as human faces, but at the same time they are without detail, images of no-one that actually represent something more. Variator (2011) by Tommi Grönlund (b. 1967) and Petteri Nisunen (b. 1962) consists of magnets floating in the air, which move under their own power, pushing each other away and alternately pulling them together. In the everyday world, things that often seem obvious to themselves inspire artists and they want to make viewers realize that the world is full of wonderful things - they just have to learn to notice them. **** Variations have been collected from the latest donations from the Wihuri Foundation. This year, 84 new works by leading Finnish artists will be added to the collection. The works in the exhibition are, with a few exceptions, never seen before and productions from 2020-22. This annual gift for Rovaniemi residents is now on display almost in its entirety and shows what is happening in the field of contemporary art right now.