Always on display
Touch, the collection exhibition of Saastamoinen Foundation, presents contemporary Finnish and international art. The main theme of the Touch exhibition is humanity, and different sections of the exhibition address the human relationship with the surrounding reality.
Touch exhibition opened to the public for the first time in 2014. Touch is an exceptional collection exhibition, as it is renewed regularly work by work and section by section. Renewing the exhibition regularly deepens the theme of humanity, providing it with new dimensions. The exhibition is curated by experts from EMMA and Saastamoinen Foundation.
The exhibition also includes a media space equipped with EMMA’s state-of-the-art technology, displaying Saastamoinen Foundation’s new media art acquisitions. The media space programme:
Human and nature
The section displays artworks with nature present in different ways. Humans are a part of nature and the animal kingdom, but the balance between us is often lost. It is said that human is the cruellest beast of all. For us, nature can be a source of income, an obstacle to be cleared, a scientific challenge, a place to relax or a riddle.
The relationship between natural and unnatural has become blurred during our time. It is hard to find a natural state with no marks by humans. Many artists, such as Latifa Echakhch, Jani Ruscica and Roland Persson, approach this complex relationship between human and nature.
We also believe that we see ourselves in animals, both symbolically as in Pekka Jylhä’s rabbit works as well as through connection and friendship, such as in Maria Duncker’s horse-themed media installations.
Human, architecture and the built environment
Construction and the shaping of one’s living environment is a characteristic of humans. The works in this section address the human-built environment, architecture and their links to geometrical patterns, for example.
The works by Olafur Eliasson and Alicja Kwade commissioned for EMMA have been influenced by the architecture of the WeeGee house, which was designed by architect Aarno Ruusuvuori in the 1960s, in addition to the Tapiola milieu.
This group of works also includes Hans Rosenström’s audio work In Dependent Structures, which examines the human relationship with the surrounding space and other human beings.
Human, space and encounters
The theme of humanity also manifests in the interaction between the artwork and its receiver. It is by the artworks where the reality created by the artist and that of the viewer encounter each other and art challenges the viewer physically, spatially and intellectually. The human becomes a part of the work as the viewer mirrors their own empirical world with art and the surrounding world.
This oldest section of the Touch exhibition has been renewed in 2020 with the works of Fabian Marcaccio, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Päivi Takala and Tal R, among others. The works of the section play with observations and challenge the receiver to encounter art physically and in movement within the space.
Roland Persson: Panama Papers, 2016. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. © Paula Virta / EMMA
Egill Sæbjörnsson: Kermek, 2017. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection © Paula Virta / EMMA
Pekka Jylhä: Lyhdynkantaja, 1999–2000. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. © Paula Virta / EMMA
Maria Duncker: Hevonen on Häst, 2019. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. © Paula Virta / EMMA
Maaria Wirkkala, Beyond This Point, 2020. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. © Paula Virta / EMMA
Elina Brotherus: Nu montant un escalator, 2017. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection
Ola Kolehmainen: Hagia Sophia year 537 III, 2014. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection
Grönlund-Nisunen: Restless Horizon, 2016. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection
Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal landscapes, 2017 © Ari Karttunen / EMMA