CLOSED: Atelier Life
The Atelier Life exhibition will bring the contemporary ceramics of the Arabia Art Department Society to Hvitträsk’s unique milieu. The artists of the Arabia Art Department Society, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year, all have their own unique ways of approaching clay as a material. The works of art included in the exhibition showcase the many possibilities of clay and its burned form.
For the upcoming four months, you will be able to see Hvitträsk in a new light. Hvitträsk is an atelier home in the National Romantic style, built by the architect trio Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen. This summer, it will be filled with the works of art by ten artists from the Arabia Art Department Society.
The works on display are by Jasmin Anoschkin, Marianne Huotari, Sakari Kannosto, Pekka Paikkari, Heini Riitahuhta, Kristina Riska, Kim Simonsson, Caroline Slotte, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä and Professor Heikki Orvola.
Dialogue with the setting
The idea was to give the Arabia Art Department Society free rein over the exhibition. Some artists found inspiration in Hvitträsk. For example Marianne Huotari’s work of art, Perintöpellava (‘Legacy Linen’), consists of thousands of ceramic pieces. It was inspired by the orchid solarium of Hvitträsk’s past resident, Loja Saarinen.
In addition to conventional techniques, the artists of the Arabia Art Department Society have used clay and ceramics in various ways. The malleability and three-dimensionality of clay give artists the freedom of creation. On the one hand, the material drying and cracking may restrict the artist. On the other hand, it may also offer the opportunity to create something new. This is what Pekka Paikkari has done, for example.
Open through September
You can learn more about the exhibition on the guided tours at Hvitträsk. The public guided tours are offered from Wednesday to Sunday: in Finnish at 12.30 and in English at 15.00. The tour is included in the price of admission to the museum.