The Finnish Institute in Rome was established 60 years ago as a base for Finnish students and researchers working in Italy. The aim of the Institute is to promote Finnish work in the humanities related to Italy as well as in the arts.
Alongside the researchers there is always one artist working in the beautiful Villa Lante, a 16th century summer house, the home of the institute on top of the Gianicolo hill. The atelier at Villa Lante was built in 1966 and since then dozens of Finnish artists have been able to work enjoying the unique view and light. I have been happy to have spent already one month in the Institute´s artist residency. I will stay in Rome until the end of the year 2017.
The Finnish Institute in Rome
The artist atelier with its own terrace in Villa Lante
Summer exhibitions are one of the delights in Finnish summer. Many newspapers are writing about them and giving tips of where to. Haihatus and Näkymä -exhibitions, where my works can be found at the moment, have also received nice publicity. My Näkymä-work Pyykkärin paraabelit was in the cover of Hämeen sanomat:
Here is an image of the whole installation in the ruins of an old wall paper factory. Photo taken by Enja Elomäki:
Näkymä is open every day until 31.8.2017. Free entrance!
Haihatus-exhibition was in the list of recommended summer exhibitions to visit in Helsingin Sanomat. You can read the article here (only in Finnish). Haihatus is open until 25.8. 2017.
This summer my works can be found in three different exhibitions, two in Finland and one in Spain:
IN – OUT – The theme of the 18th summer exhibition at Haihatus is landscape and environment. Art works from 30 artists are in the main building and it´s attic, the garden, the sculpture field and small huts around the area. Open every day 18.6. – 25.8.2017. Jousitie 68-70, Joutsa, Finland. www.haihatus.fi
My installation Still Live in Haihatus. I have also three other works in the exhibition.
Finlandia – el País de las cuatro estaciones – Exhibition presents over 20 artists from Finland, and is part of the official program of Finland´s 100 years independence celebrations. Open until 9th July, closed mondays and tuesdays, free admission. Sala de Exposiciones Vista Alegre, Torrevieja, Spain. Villa Allegre in Facebook
Näkymä 2017 – The environmental art exhibition in Akaa, Finland has works from educated and self-taught artists. Art works can be found in the ares surrounding the lake and the railroad museum in the city center. Exhibition is open 1.7.-31.8.2017, 24/7, free admission. Opening is Friday 30.7. at 18:00, the tour starts at Sampolantie 3. Welcome! http://www.nakyma.fi/ Näkymä in Facebook
My latest work Landscape Machine has been purchased by Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, and is now part of the Finnish National Gallery´s collections. The collections comprise more than 35,000 works of art as well as archival material and objects. The collection is owned by the State.
Pia Männikkö: Landscape Machine, 2016. Materials: rya, steel, electromechanics. Size: 430 cm x 245 cm x 48 cm.
Browse through the works, artists and collections of the State owned art museums at Finnish National Gallery Collection´s website.
Landscape Machine´s page at Finnish National Gallery Collection´s website.
The Most Touching Sculpture is a multisensory exhibition organized by the Finnish Deafblind Association in cooperation with the Association of Finnish Sculptors. The sculptures in the exhibition are of different sizes, shapes, materials and have different surface feel. Unlike in most art exhibitions visitors are invited to touch the works. The purpose is to remind that for the blind and deafblind the sense of touch allows aesthetic pleasure. Also for seeing visitor being able to touch the works offers more comprehensive art experience.
My masking tape sculpture Some people knit was chosen as the most touching sculpture by Santeri Grönlund, a 16-year-old deaf-blind since birth. Santeri was attracted by the work´s particular language of form and light weight.
“This sculpture is incredibly wonderful. It has fine round shapes and its meaning remains puzzling. Few people know how to do so especially light work, which, in addition to the round forms, has its own scent”, Santeri Grönlund explained his choice.
The exhibition is open in Helsinki city center 25.10.-20.11.2016, tue-fri 11-18, sat-sun 12-16. Gallery Kaarisilta, Sanomatalo, Elielinaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki.
Image by Tuija Wetterstrand / The Finnish Deafblind Association
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 2, Helsinki
22.10. – 6.11.2016.
The starting point for my work is often the movement and dimensions of the human body. I am interested in an individual’s personal space and how we observe our environment. Natural phenomena and varying scales also inspire me. Recording the passing of time as well as the growth and change of my works are core elements in my work process. Physical connections between the viewer and my works are also important to me.
The Landscape Machine is related to a horizontally rotating theater backdrop and early animation film backgrounds, with the same landscape repeated over and over. Constantly moving forward, the Landscape Machine pursues some kind of non-place, a space that could be anywhere in the world.
Thank you for support: The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)
More info: Landscape Machine Facebook event
My solo show at Huuto Gallery, Helsinki is opening at 21st October. More info coming soon:)!