Monkey and Waterfall – Pictures of Our Climate 9.6.–2.9.2018
The summer exhibition of the Sara Hildén Art Museum dived into nature, the fountainhead of life. Natural phenomena were examined on a timeline composed of contemporary artworks. This timeline offered a medium to inspect the relationship between nature and man. The timeline also raised a question about the relation of the works and their spectators, as well as the dialogue between the different pieces.
The exhibited works – images created by artists from different periods and using various techniques – find a new meaning through the experience of viewing. The summertime exhibition of the Sara Hildén Art Museum aimed to offer thoughts on nature through and alongside art. What do we see in nature? How do we experience nature? What meaning does nature have for us?
Alongside nature topics, many of the exhibited works fitted into the genre of landscape painting, bringing visibility to the relationship between humans and their surroundings. Landscape art allowed the viewers to examine changes in perceptions and mental images of the surrounding natural environment over time.
The exhibition was based on new acquisitions by the Sara Hildén Foundation from the last decade. The exhibition showcased works from nearly 30 artists, including Petri Ala-Maunus, Josef Albers, HC Berg, Tony Cragg, Erno Enkenberg, Andreas Eriksson, Jussi Heikkilä, Timo Heino, Heli Hiltunen, Veikko Hirvimäki, Antti Immonen, Janne Kaitala, Pasi Karjula, Markus Konttinen, Richard Long, Markus Lüpertz, Fabian Marcaccio, Jaakko Mattila, Marika Mäkelä, Leena Nio, Eggert Pétursson, Tamara Piilola, Kimmo Pyykkö, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Silja Rantanen, Osmo Rauhala, ROP (Tuomo Rosenlund and Pekko Orava), Jukka Rusanen, Kim Simonsson, Yves Tanguy, Toni R. Toivonen and Petri Yrjölä.