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:
Saara Ekström & Eero Tammi: Biblion 28 October 2020 – 9 January 2022
Erkan Özgen: Wonderland 2 February – 1 May 2022
Jeannette Ehlers: Black Bullets 10 May – 14 August 2022
Maija Blåfield: The Fantastic 24.8.–27.11.2022
Listening to Silence
How does one listen to silence? Searching for silence is a part of being human. It can mean having a connection with the world inside or dialogue with yourself. We can also be silent together. Silence can be tormenting or soothing. Silence can be about saying nothing, keeping secrets or injustices inside. Happiness can be found in a silent meditative state, repetition or routines.
This part of the Touch exhibition has been built around Juhani Linnovaara’s (b. 1934) painting Listening to Silence. Bringing together older and newer works of the exhibition highlights parts of humanity that are present throughout time. The painting is accompanied by works exploring the inner world of humans – past events, traumas and their aftermath, along with the joy of play. In silence, you can hear something new growing.
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.
Pekka Jylhä: With Tremor and Respect, 2005. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Roland Persson: Panama Papers, 2016. 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
Essi Kuokkanen: Pilvenpitelijä, 2020. 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
Tilo Baumgärtel: Osoite, 2020. Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. © Paula Virta / EMMA
Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal landscapes, 2017 © Ari Karttunen / EMMA