Espoo Museum of Modern Art

The Men Who Fell from Earth is packed with painterly energy

© Ari Karttunen / EMMA
© Ari Karttunen / EMMA

The Men Who Fell from Earth features three leading contemporary painters of our time, Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter and Tal R. The exhibition is the most extensive overview of their work ever seen in Finland.

The unique collaborative project portrays jointly created installations, spontaneous paintings and a video work. In addition to the collaborative works, the exhibition The Men Who Fell from Earth also takes distinct looks into each artist’s recent oeuvre.

The title of the exhibition is a reference to Nicolas Roeg’s cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth from 1976. The themes of the film – ecological crisis, suspicion towards foreigners, all-pervasive commercialism and questions of humanity and humanness – are all topical. Still the artist trio observes the world and its dire state through absurd humour, playfulness and performativity.

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