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RE/Defining Finnish Contemporary Art & Design

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Finnish Season exhibition at Spazio Nobile Gallery. Photo: Yen-An Chen.

Our project focusing on Finnish art and design stretches across the entire year and aims to highlight Finnish designers in central Europe. Finland has a strong tradition and reputation in the field of design and our talented artists and designers should be more widely known among international collectors, gallerists and professionals in other fields. The project foregrounds both young designers as well as designers who already have extensive careers.

Together with a local partner, we will be participating in several prominent design fairs as well as organise a number of exhibitions, all the while striving to redefine the wide range of skills and expertise in design and art that can be found in Finland. The overall project will be curated by the founder of the Spazio Nobile gallery, Lise Coirier, and the director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Kati Laakso. RE/defining Finnish Contemporary Art & Design project is part of the Cultural Programme for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The project features works from the following Finnish artists and designers:

Inka Bell, Johanna Gullichsen, Antrei Hartikainen, Mari Isopahkala, Renáta Jakowleff, Harri Koskinen, Veera Kulju,Tero Kuitunen, Laura Laine , Päivi Rintaniemi, Kristina Riska, Sami Ruotsalainen, Teemu Salonen, Perttu Saksa, Kustaa Saksi, Caroline Slotte, Heikki Viinikainen, Man Yau

 

The Programme 

 

 14.-17.3.2019 COLLECTIBLE, Pioneering Design Fair, Vanderborght Building, BRUSSELS

Spazio Nobile Gallery's booth featuring artworks from : Carine Boxy (BE), Jeanine Cohen (BE), Javier Fernandez (ES), Vincent Fournier (FR), Kaspar Hamacher (BE), Mari Isopahkala (FI), Harri Koskinen (FI), Veera Kulju (FI), Laura Laine (FI), Garnier & Linker (FR), Päivi Rintaniemi (FI), Sami Ruotsalainen (FI), Marcin Rusak (PL), Damian O’Sullivan (UK/FR), Perttu Saksa (FI), Teemu Salonen (FI), Bela Silva (PT), Piet Stockmans (BE), Adi Toch (IS/UK), Man Yau (FI)

Catalogue: http://spazionobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SN_Collectible2019_CatalogueFinalWP.pdf

 

24.4.2019–13.7.2019 GROUP EXHIBITION KEEP YOUR GARDEN ALIVE, Institut finlandais, PARIS

“Keep Your Garden Alive” is a group exhibition with eighteen Finnish renowned and emerging artists and designers who are currently reshaping the contemporary Finnish art and design scene. The exhibition is curated by Lise Coirier, Pro Materia & Spazio Nobile Gallery, and Kati Laakso, Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, in collaboration with Institut finlandais.

Catalogue: http://spazionobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SN_SXII_FS_KUGA_Catalogue_LOW_all.pdf

 

26.-28.4.2019 ART BRUSSELS, Tour & Taxis, BRUSSELS

Spazio Nobile Gallery's booth featuring artworks from: Kustaa Saksi and Bela Silva 

Catalogue: http://spazionobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SN_ArtBrussesl2019_Catalogue_low.pdf

 

16.5.-8.9.2019 KUSTAA SAKSI SOLO EXHIBITION FIRST SYMPTOMS, Spazio Nobile, BRUSSELS

First Symptoms is the new cycle of six woven tapestries by Kustaa Saksi, mixed media in silk, mohair, rubberized cotton, cashmere wool, transparent polyester and velvet. Saksi suffers from migraine and uses his symptoms as a way to overcome pain and search for beauty and meaning in life.

Catalogue: http://spazionobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SN_SXII_KYGA_KS_Catalogue_spreads.pdf

 

23.-26.5.2019 RÉVÉLATIONS BIENNALE, Grand Palais, PARIS

Spazio Nobile Gallery's booth featuring artworks from: Kaspar Hamacher, Laura Laine, Päivi Rintaniemi, Kristina Riska, Teemu Salonen, Kustaa Saksi, Bela Silva, Piet Stockmans, Adi Toch, Fabian Von Sprechelsen, Man Yau

Catalogue: http://spazionobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SN_SXI_KYGA_Revelation_Cataloguespread.pdf

 

23.5.2019 THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW ISSUE OF TLMagazine Islands of Creation, Institut finlandais, PARIS

TLmagazine is a bilingual (FR/ENG) Design & Art Magazine founded by Lise Coirier in 2009. The latest Issue number 31 – Îles de la création /Islands of Creation focuses on Finnish Design. The launch event is part of the Hors les Murs Programme of Révélations Biennale and includes a Q&A with Lise Coirier & Kati Laakso, the co-curators of Keep Your Garden Alive exhibition. The magazine features the following Finnish designers: 

  • Kustaa Saksi, First Symptoms, new cycle of tapestries
  • Laura Laine, The Wet Collection glassworks and fashion illustrations
  • Man Yau, In Residence in Japan
  • Perttu Saksa, Maps of Essence photographs
  • Juhani Lemmetti, Finnish collector, Galleri Lemmetti, Helsinki
  • Timo Miettinen, Finnish collector on Capri Island & Salon Dahlmann, Berlin
  • Johanna Lajisto, interior designer, Helsinki
  • Gudrun & Gudrun, knitting on Faroe Islands
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  • For more information on the magazine: https://tlmagazine.com/magazines/

 

5.-8.9.2019 LAURA LAINE SOLO EXHIBITION SUBTLE BODIES, Spazio Nobile Gallery, BRUSSELS

Spazio Nobile presents Laura Laine's new unique golden glass sculptures - Subtle Bodies - during Brussels Gallery Weekend, 5-8 September. The artwork will also be part of the The Finnish Season Group Exhibition.

Catalogue: http://spazionobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SN_SeasonXII-Laura-Laine_Spread_exhibition-view.pdf

 

20.9-22.12.2019. GROUP EXHIBITION SEASON XII – THE FINNISH SEASON / KEEP YOUR GARDEN ALIVE

Spazio Nobile Gallery, BRUSSELS

This group exhibition features Inka Bell, Johanna Gullichsen, Antrei Hartikainen, Mari Isopahkala, Renata Jakowleff, Harri Koskinen, Veera Kulju, Tero Kuitunen, Laura Laine, Päivi Rintaniemi, Kristina Riska, Sami Ruotsalainen, Teemu Salonen, Perttu Saksa, Kustaa Saksi, Caroline Slotte, Heikki Viinikainen, Man Yau

Season XII – The Finnish Season / Keep Your Garden Alive is a group exhibition with eighteen Finnish renowned and emerging artists and designers who are currently reshaping the contemporary Finnish art and design scene. The exhibition is curated by Lise Coirier, Co-Founder of Spazio Nobile Gallery, and Kati Laakso, Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. 

The exhibition suggests a narrative on how to observe what is fragile around us, and how to protect it. How to make your garden flourish in times of drastic environmental changes? Applied arts remind us of how the earth and the natural elements remain as the best source of innovation and creation. The use of design-led craftsmanship such as ceramics, glass, metal, and wood bring us back to our human roots and sense of our material culture. The notion of the garden stands as a symbol for living objects, and how we need to cherish them to pass it onto the next generations. The exhibition implies a metaphor for the inner and outer life as well as a real-life illustration of our mineral and organic man-made world.

Spazio Nobile will shift and unveil new Finnish art & design objects in the space every 2 weeks between 20.9 and 22.12.19.

Catalogue: http://spazionobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SN_SXII_FS_KUGA_Catalogue_Spread_compressed.pdf