The Budding Centenarian – Jubilee exhibition of the Tampere Artists’ Association
30.11.2019 – 5.1.2020
The Tampere Artists’ Association celebrates the 100th anniversary in 2020. To mark the occasion, Kunsthalle Helsinki presents an exhibition with an overview of works by the association’s members. The Budding Centenarianfeatures paintings, sculptures, graphic art, installations and one video piece in a show curated by art critic Pessi Rautio and sculptor Matti Kalkamo.
The jubilee exhibition will highlight 24 of the association’s 284 members, whose work represents a variety of emergent contemporary strands that contrast intriguingly against the backdrop of the association’s venerable history. Certain elements of their art also reflect their local identity as Tampere-based artists from the region of Pirkanmaa. The selected works show that one of the main thematic concerns preoccupying artists today is the challenge of accepting the raw, painful side of human existence and physicality. Many also offer fresh perspectives in their interpretations of nature. Even the abstract works in the exhibition are highly original in their approach, some even laced with delicious humour. In addition to presenting established names, the exhibitions also introduces lesser-known Tampere artists and rare gems of contemporary art that are bound to surprise even the most worldly-wise art aficionados.
The featured artists are: Terhi Asumaniemi, Liisa Hietanen, Lars Holmström, Anssi Jääskeläinen, Juha-Pekka Köykkä, Heta Laitakari, Marko Lampisuo, Tiina Lehikoinen, Riikka Lenkkeri, Virve Lilja, Karkki Mäkelä, Pasi Niininen, Paula Ollikainen, Tuukka Peltonen, Tomas Regan, Hannu Riikonen, Elina Ruohonen, SA Salmela, Markku Salo, Kristiina Sario, Tuija Suutari, Kirsti Tuokko, Jarno Vesala and Viggo Wallensköld.