Narrative Thread



This post is about the 10th TEXO Triennial Of Textile Art in Vapriikki, Tampere.

Narrative Thread – the 10th TEXO Triennial Of Textile Art exhibits new Finnish textile art. The artworks of the exhibition were chosen by international group, what consisted of the experts of textile art, fine art and design. To the group belonged Andy Best and Kristiina Wiherheimo from Finland and Britt Smaelvar from Denmark. There were 230 artworks from 96 artists as candidates to the exhibition. Jury had to be selective: there’s 40 artworks from 38 artists in Vapriikki, the bests of Finnish textile art.

The artworks interpret and comment the phenomenons of our time. The jury emphasized in it’s choices among techniques and skills the meaning of content – the story.

TEXO association is an expert organization what helps forward textile artists. It has been established in 1956. Narrative Thread exhibition is the main event of 60th festival year of TEXO. Exhibition dates: 23.9.2016-5.2.2017.

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I chose the works I liked the most to this blog post. I list them here beginning from top:

Tarja Wallius: Unelma | Dream (2015)
Leena Illukka: Tervetuloa ja tervemenoa | Come and Go (part) (2013-2015)
Virpi Vesanen-Laukkanen: Onko siellä joku? | Who’s There? (2015)
Johanna Virtanen: Pahan päivän varalle (2015) (work with banknotes in the middle of barbed wires)
Maria Nuutinen: Portrait Gallery (part) (2015)
Janna Syvänoja: Vesi hanhen selässä 2 (2016) (work made from feathers)




Yayoi Kusama



Yayoi Kusama’s In Infinity exhibition in HAM, Helsinki Art Museum was one of the bests I’ve ever seen.

Yayoi Kusama is 87 years old japanese artist and writer. She has worked all her career with a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, scat sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations. Most of the artworks exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. Her art shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content.

Kusama has lived in New York City in 1957-1972 in addition to Japan. Since 1977 she has lived in mental hospital by her own choice in Japan. She has obsession about dots and also phallus repeats in her work a lot. She paints still every day. My Eternal Soul series has been under the work since 2009 and first she thought that it would consists of 100 paintings, but when she has painted 100, she changed it to 1000 paintings.

Her installation where visitors of the exhibition can go in are so impressive, that I consider In Infinity one of the bests exhibition I’ve visited. Installations are also big fun for children. In the last summer there was Kusama’s installation also in Esplanade Park, where trees where covered with red and white polka dot fabric, what made park look happy even in rainy days.

Yayoi Kusama – In Infinity: 7th October 2016 – 22nd January 2017 in HAM.
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Kumu Art Museum



Kumu Art Museum Of Estonia is worth of several hours visit.

Kumu situates in Kadriorg neighborhood about 1,5 km from the center of Tallinn. There’s also other museums, Kadriorg palace and beautiful old parks to see. Kumu is largest museum venue in the Estonia and have exhibition space on five floors. Collections of Estonian art starting from the early 18th century are displayed on the third and fourth floors, and a modern art gallery is on the fifth floor. In Kumu there’s also 250-seat auditorium for different events and library with widest selection of art books in Estonia.

Kumu was opened in February 2006. Architect for the Kumu building is the Finnish Pekka Juhani Vapaavuori (b. 1962), who won the international architectural competition held in 1993–1994 with his project “Circulos”. There’s old wood houses very near to modern museum, what makes environment interesting but contradictory. In 2008 Kumu received the European Museum of the Year Award. There’s storage of Estonian artworks under the ground floors, where’s stored 60,000 exhibits.

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In the first floor was Villu Jaanisoo’s fun artwork Chair I-II, made of motor tyres in 2001. Chairs were about 2 metres high. Ilmar Malin’s Fading sun (below) was part of “Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991)” exhibition. There was real hole in canvas. Artwork is made in 1968 and it is made with synthetic tempera and mixed media. The way Soviet authorities understood the role of art and artists in society was radically different from the attitudes which shaped art in the pre-war Estonian Republic. It was strict realism under Communist party of the Soviet Union. I think that Malin’s work stretched those rules.



Cold Look. Variations of Hyperrealism in Estonian Art

Another exhibition what I liked most beside Victorian Fashion, “Poetry and Spleem” exhibition was hyperrealism exhibition. Hyperrealism focused Western lifestyle and it tried to be “more real than real”. Artworks were often based on photos, but in artworks was conflict between picture and reality. Hyperrealism was blooming in 1970s and 1980s, but there was included a couple of new photorealistic works in the exhibition. Maarit Murka’s oil paintings 16 Shots Before 1-16 is made in 2010. It bases on Carl Theodor Dryer’s silent film Passion de Jeanne de’Arc in 1928. Frames are from the moments her head was shaved before the execution.

Another photo in post is Jaan Elken’s Seagull oil painting in 1982. Seagull’s shadow creates conflict against reality to the picture, where’s Georg Ots boat in the background. There was several fine artworks from Elken and other artists in exhibition. You can see some more in photos I took here: