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NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Ceramics Facing the New

The idea underlying the Ceramics Facing the New exhibition is kintsugi, the Japanese tradition of mending broken pottery with gold or another metal. Instead of concealing the damage, kintsugi seeks to establish a new relationship with it. In this exhibition, kintsugi serves as a metaphor for society. A fracture can…
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Saara Ekström & Eero Tammi: Biblion

The new video installation Biblion (2019) by Saara Ekström and Eero Tammi is premiered in EMMA’s media space in autumn 2020. The work examines the medium of the book, exploring its hypnotic and layered essence as a carrier of changing, growing and disappearing information. The weight of the masses of…
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Eeva-Leena Eklund :)

Eeva-Leena Eklund’s (b. 1972) art features subjects arising from everyday life and its acute observation. The subjects of her works can originate from the patterns of a sofa, pizzas, balcony flowers or cityscapes seen from the street. In her art, Eklund turns these into painterly and spatial entities. Eklund provides…
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Touch

Touch presents a curated pick of Finnish and international contemporary works from the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. With the overarching theme of humanity at its core, the show delves into fundamental questions concerning the human condition and the nature of human existence.
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Bryk & Wirkkala Visible Storage

Bryk & Wirkkala Visible Storage takes a behind-the-scenes look at the invisible work done by museums. EMMA is the home of the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation Collection, which is on display in its entirety in Visible Storage, a unique fusion of a storehouse, exhibition and workspace.
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Elmgreen & Dragset: 2020

Elmgreen & Dragset’s exhibition at EMMA will mark the renowned artist duo's 25th anniversary of their collaboration. Elmgreen & Dragset have developed an entirely new concept for EMMA, where they respond to the museum’s béton brut architecture and transform the space into a completely different environment: familiar yet surreal “like a…
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IC-98: Theses on the Body Politic (Bind)

August will see the premiere of IC-98’s, i.e. Patrik Söderlund’s (b. 1974) and Visa Suonpää’s (b. 1968), spatial artwork. The new work commissioned by Saastamoinen Foundation will be featured in the approximately 400-square exhibition space of EMMA as part of the collection exhibition Touch. The monumental, animated media artwork depicts …
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Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean (b. 1965) is one of the most highly acclaimed artists of our time. She is well known for her 16mm and 35mm films, as well as championing the preservation and continued use of photochemical film and analogue mediums generally. She also makes spatially engaging chalkboard drawings, drawings on…
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Anni Puolakka: Diamond Belly

Anni Puolakka's work is on display in the media space of Touch exhibition. Staged as a conversation with an artificial intelligence chatbot, Diamond Belly explores love and companionship between a human artist, the bot and mosquitoes. The human offers their body as a nourishing 'baguette' to the diamond-bellied mosquitoes, envisioning…
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Michael Schilkin feat. Lotta Mattila

During the spring, EMMA will feature a selection of delightful ceramic animal figures. The playful environment designed by contemporary artist Lotta Mattila (b. 1986) will display animals created by ceramic artist Michael Schilkin (1900–1962). Mattila, who is also known for her animal characters, will take part in the exhibition with…
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Ilona Niemi: Personae mythologicae

Ilona Niemi's new work Personae mythologicae is on display in a fence surrounding a construction site in front of the Exhibition Centre WeeGee. The artwork is a collection of 28 soulful creatures based on Finnish mythology. Personae mythologicae is commissioned by WeeGee and will be on display throughout 2020.
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Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca: Faz Que Vai

The media space of Touch exhibition, which presents Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, will showcase a video work by the artist duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca. Faz que Vai (Set to go) is a four-part video essay, where different dancers interpret the Brazilian frevo dance.
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Nastja Säde Rönkkö: for those yet to be

In February 2020 a piece by Young Artist of the Year 2019 Nastja Säde Rönkkö called for those yet to be (2016–2018) will be on display. The work is a series of video performances investigating emotions in relation to ecological destruction. The project features Rönkkö visiting fragile parts of the…
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