Last year I was chosen to make one of the public art works for a new Lighthouse hospital in Turku, Finland. The hospital has a nautical overall theme. The shapes of my work take inspiration from fyke net, the fishing equipment. Tiedon rysät consists of five separate “fykes”, materials are stainless steel and ropes. The work was installed in its location last week. The building of the hospital will finish in the end of 2021, and it will open to public in February 2022.
Natures-exhibition opens 1st of October 2021 in Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka. Natures is built around the theme of landscape. In their exhibition works, each member of the group presents their own view on the theme. Nature grows and shapes itself over time, disintegrates, runs wild and assembles itself into new formations. The landscape exists in spite of us. For us, it is a vital structure: the horizon, upper world and lower world. We try to objectify the landscape, but we are always within it as well. An artist can take nature into account by taking an interest in ecological materials such as recycled fabric as a painting surfaces, earth and plant pigments and alternative painting techniques.
The featured artists are Inka-Maaria Jurvanen, Hannele Kumpulainen, Iisa Maaranen, Pia Männikkö, Miika Nyyssönen and Sara Orava. The exhibition curator is Miika Nyyssönen.
Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka, Finland, 1.10.2021-9.1.2022
Island of Empathy explores the relationship between human beings and nature. The exhibition looks into the potential of art as a means of healing individuals, but also the ills of society while researching the notions of empathy, healing, and intersubjectivity in the context of human and non-human interaction.
The exhibition is organised in Helsinki both at HAA Gallery in Suomenlinna between 5 June–21 August 2021 and at Malmitalo Gallery between 10 June–20 August 2021. Island of Empathy is produced by Helsinki Artists’ Association in collaboration with London-based Arts Territory. The exhibition is part of Helsinki Biennial and Art Fair Suomi Goes Galleries.
I am making a public art work to Tierp railway station. Tierp is a small town in Sweden, about 200 km north of Stockholm. The art work will have a large bronze relief and a soundtrack. Sounds are human-made train sounds, sounds that people make when playing with train toys, such as wooden train tracks.
I hope to get sounds for this cheerful work from people of different ages and languages. Could you record your voice to be part of Tierp sound track? The sounds can be train imitations, spoken “chugga chugga choo choo” -type of sounds, or anything in between, everyone can choose their own style.
The sounds are recorded at www.tierpsoundart.com during winter and spring 2021. Recording can be easily done with a mobile phone, laptop or tablet. Maximum length of one recording is 90 seconds. Voices will be anonymous, participants names will not be recorded or used in any way. There is more info on the website. If you have any questions, I am happy to tell more about the art work.
Above: draft of Tierp work. The elements are the soundtrack, train track shaped bronze relief, steel plates that function as vibration loudspeakers and a wall painting.
Luontoja – Natures exhibition is now open at Poriginal Gallery. The gallery is part of Pori Art Museum. Exhibition´s theme is landscape. Artists are Inka-Maaria Jurvanen, Hannele Kumpulainen, Iisa Maaranen, Pia Männikkö, Miika Nyyssönen and Sara Orava. Poriginal Gallery, 17.10.2020 – 03.11.2020, Pori, Finland.
Kamara in Poriginal Gallery.
The On the Waves exhibition combines a kinetic installation based on wave motion by Pia Männikkö with photos from the shores of Helsinki by Jaana Kaipiainen.
My work Cascade is built of wood, cotton straps, hinges and solenoides. The large-scale installation studies the laws of physics, making the propagation of wave motion visible.
Exhibition is open 7.8.- 29.8.2020 in Caisa Galleria, Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki. Free entry.
Detail of Cascade, 2012
Zambezi is a theatre performance about Finnish refugee family in Africa. Zambezi is directed by Ritva Siikala, I have made the set design. Premiere was 19th February at Alexander Theater, Helsinki. Zambezi will also be at Culture House Caisa and Culture House Kanneltalo in Helsinki, and at Turku City Theater in February – March 2020.
Entrotopia is an international art exchange project between the Helsinki Association of Artists and civic association Publikum.sk from Trnava, Slovakia. Works of six contemporary Slovak artists were shown in Helsinki in August 2019. The current exhibition in Synagogue – Center for Contemporary Art, Trnava, presents the work of Laura Beloff, Teemu Korpela, Pia Männikkö, Mari Mäkiö, Ville Mäkikoskela and Jukka Virkunen. I made a new version of Midsummer Night´s Dream for Synagogue. Entrotopia 2.0 is open until 22.3.2020.
Pia Männikkö: Midsummer Night´s Dream, rescue blankets ans fans, 2020, at Synagogue
IMPRESSIONS – A duo exhibition at the Nordic Contemporary art space in Paris
Exhibition period: 10.12.2019 – 11.01.2020
Participating artists: HEIDI LAMPENIUS (FI), PIA MÄNNIKKÖ (FI)
Nordic Contemporary, 13, Rue Taylor 75010 Paris, France
For further information please contact: T. +33 616 128 139 email@example.com www.nordiccontemporary.com
nordiSKulptur exhibition in Gallery Sculptor is now over, thank you everyone who visited! As part of nordiSKulptur project I also made a three-part illuminated installation for Nordic Culture Point´s windows. The work can be seen around the clock until 8th January 2020. Address Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki.
Pia Männikkö: Slow Motion, 2019, clothes and bamboo skewers.