EMMA – The Museum of Modern Art Espoo and the Saastamoinen Foundation announce Pilvi Takala and Pierre Huyghe as next artists for InCollection
InCollection is a series of commissions and exhibitions co-produced by EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art and the Saastamoinen Foundation, one of Finland’s leading collections of Finnish and international art. Each year, a visionary contemporary artist is commissioned to create a new work of art that forms the centerpiece of a major solo exhibition at EMMA. The next artists in this series are Pilvi Takala and Pierre Huyghe, who will both be exhibiting at EMMA in 2023.
Through this annual series of commissions, the Saastamoinen Foundation expands its permanent collection by commissioning a work of art from a visionary international artist that reflects our contemporary experience. In doing so, InCollection forms a body of one-off works that each offer alternative perspectives on the current socio-political climate and our collective future. At the same time, the project gives artists the opportunity to create an exhibition curated exclusively for EMMA’s space: a former printing press and a classic example of 1960s Concrete Brutalism designed by famed Finnish architect Aarno Ruusuvuori. Through multiple site visits, the artists become familiar with the architecture of the museum and its forest environment. Launched in 2018, InCollection gives EMMA and the Foundation the opportunity to directly engage in a deeper exchange of ideas with artists, allowing their work to materialize in the best way possible.
The next exhibition in the InCollection series will be At Pilvi Takala Close the watch, which will open at EMMA in early 2023. The work is commissioned by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and co-produced by Frame and the Saastamoinen Foundation for the Finland Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, premiering in April 2022. Takala is an award-winning Finnish artist who examines diverse communities and the unwritten rules they obey. At EMMA, the multi-channel video installation Close Watch will be presented in a new expanded spatial display connected to EMMA’s architecture. The exhibition will offer the public an experiential and surprising opportunity to explore the themes of power and security in our everyday environments. The exhibition is organized by Christina Li.
The sixth artist joining the InCollection series is a French artist Pierre Huyghé. The exhibition will revolve around Abyssal Plain, an aquarium that will be integrated into the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. For Huyghe, the ritual of the exhibition is not an asymmetrical experience but an encounter with a sensitive environment. He will design a vast exhibition at EMMA that will extend beyond the walls of the museum, interacting with the surrounding forest park. The exhibition will be curated by EMMA’s Chief Curator Arja Miller and director of creative projects, Simon Friese.
Previous orders in this series have been Alicja Kwadeit is Trans-For men (Fibonacci) (2018), Tatsuo?Miyajima‘s?sky of time (2019), Eeva-Leena Eklundit is Dance with Me and lilac eyes (2020) and Chiharu? Shiotait is Boundary tracing (2021). Linked together as a series, each artist adds their distinct voice to a gradually unfolding conversation. The InCollection continuum forms its own microcosm within the Saastamoinen Foundation’s art collection and EMMA’s exhibition program. All of the artists featured to date have created a captivating experience for the audience that compellingly interacts with EMMA’s unique architecture and environment.
Pilvi Takala: Close the watch 1.2.–7.5.2023
Pierre Huyghé: abyssal plain 7.6.2023– early 2024
Chiharu Shiota: Boundary tracing 27.10.2021–27.11.2022
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The Saastamoinen Foundation supports and enables a variety of initiatives related to art and artists, society and scientific research, both independently and in collaboration with its Finnish partner universities, EMMA – Museum of Modern Art in ‘Espoo and other organizations. The foundation also promotes international networking, scholarships and education, as well as social projects aimed primarily at young beneficiaries. The Foundation is internationally known for its collection of approximately 2,700 works of art, which ranks among the most prestigious private collections in Finland. The collection consists mainly of contemporary art, a selection of which is on permanent display at the EMMA – Museum of Modern Art in Espoo.
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art presents a sample of Finnish and international modernist art, contemporary art and design. The museum is a monument of industrial architecture designed by Professor Aarno Ruusuvuori, part of the WeeGee exhibition center in the Espoo district of Tapiola. The modern, minimalist architecture provides an inspiring backdrop for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and works from the EMMA Collection and those of its partners Saastamoinen Foundation, Kakkonen Collection and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation Collection. EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is a museum of powerful art and transformative experiences.
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