Heli Vehkaperä: Curtain Shop / Verhokauppa / Gardinaffär, 2007 © Helsingin taidemuseo / Helsinki konstmuseum / Helsinki Art Museum, kuva: Yehia Eweis

From December 16, 2011 to February 12, 2012 – Art Museum Meilahti

The exhibition showcases new acquisitions of the Helsinki Art Museum from 2007 to 2011. In the past five years, the museum has acquired almost 400 works for its collection, over 50 of which are featured in this show. The museum also augments its collection by commissioning public artworks that are sited in parks, for example. Under the Percent for Art programme, works are also acquired for new buildings such as day-care centres, schools and hospitals. Around 40 per cent of the collection of the Helsinki Art Museum is permanently on exhibit in various municipal offices and institutions.

There are as many topics and messages in the exhibition as there are artists and artworks. Yet there are also things in common, for many of the works address issues relating to beliefs and values. Many works refer to the tradition of Christian art and to art history in general. In the hands of contemporary artists, old subjects are given new meanings. On the other hand, many artists seize contemporary themes and offer fresh viewpoints on them. The works in the exhibition can also evoke powerful emotions in themselves, without any background information or analytical reflection.

The artists are Petri Eskelinen, Jenni Eskola, Jussi Goman, Terike Haapoja, Mikko Hintz, Antti Keitilä, Anne Koskinen, Maarit Kotiranta, Sami Lukkarinen, Heikki Marila, Elina Merenmies, Juhana Moisander, Reima Nevalainen, Anssi Pulkkinen, Kyösti Pärkinen, Jani Ruscica, Antti Tanttu, Milla Toivanen, Tatu Tuominen, Timo Vaittinen, Heli Vehkaperä, Jarno Vesala, Henry Wuorila-Stenberg and Petri Yrjölä.

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