Maaria Wirkkala Exhibition
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Maaria Wirkkala began grabbing the attention of the art world in the mid-1990s, when her installations incorporating old chairs, shoes and other items that suggest a sense of absence were introduced at international events such as Venice Biennale and Istanbul Biennial.
In “So What,” an exhibition held as part of an arts festival in Helsinki in 2002, Wirkkala had animals walk on electric wires towards Parliament House. The work was later praised by critics for its suggestion of hope and happiness. Fans of this artist believe she explores the hidden potential of places, creating new poetry through her works created in situ.
In Japan there are many people who will remember the work Wirkkala presented at the 2003 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, where lights resembling parabolic antenna brought the evening landscape in seemingly forgotten settlements deep in the mountains to life. She also presented a theatrical performance together with a group of children at the Setouchi Triennale in 2013.
The work exhibited here combines elements such as a swing, a syringe and a baby carriage that moves through the sky. See how the artist has been inspired by the gallery space and how this has translated into her a new works. You can also explore how Wirkkala quietly but resolutely criticizes the materialism of consumer society in her artworks.
from 6月 09, 2017 to 7月 09, 2017
Opening Reception on 2017-06-09 from 18:00 to 20:00