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The artists of EMMA's anniversary year's main exhibition announced

Media release.
Published: 31-Aug-2016 07:30 am
Publisher: EMMA - Espoon modernin taiteen museo

In Search of the Present / 12th October 2016 – 8th January 2017
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art celebrates its 10th year by starting a new exhibition series In Search of the Present. The first exhibition immerses in current issues, as well as considerations on who we are and where we are going. The exhibition concept was inspired by the 1929 collection of essays by Olavi Paavolainen, an influential Finnish modernist writer and thinker, in which he discusses the essence of the modern human in the modern, changing world. His thinking offers astounding parallels to questions we are asking ourselves today.

Artworks by 22 international artists are displayed. The impressive collection of artworks curated by Pilvi Kalhama, Henna Paunu and Päivi Talasmaa consists of artworks produced by various media including sound art, spacial installations and commissioned works.


David Altmejd
Berlinde de Bruyckere
Harun Farocki
Maria Friberg
Hannaleena Heiska
Camille Henrot
Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir
Sasha Huber
Artor Jesus Inkerö
Saija Kassinen
Yazan Khalili
Klara Kristalova
Elke Silvia Krystufek
Antti Laitinen
Jonathan Monk
Ben Okri
Erwin Olaf
Aza Shadenova
Elly Strik
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Anne Tompuri
Akram Zaatari

The first edition of the exhibition series explores the nature of human beings that inhabit a global digital world and their relationship to the environment, themselves and other human beings.

The themes of the exhibition are:
The New Me - We are living an era marked by self-development and personal narratives.

Digital Mankind - The Internet and the digitalisation of everyday life are among the greatest paradigm shifts that we have experienced in our time, affecting every aspect of our lives and transforming humankind.

Nature Kingdom - The relationship between human beings and nature is an eternal question and more current now than ever.

The artists' backgrounds and ideological viewpoints are present in the artworks. Equally we invite viewers to take part in the discussion from their perspective and experience. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion by responding to questions presented in the exhibition through Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag: #nykyaika2016 @emmamuseum. The role of art is to ask questions – it goes without saying that the answers may not be simple. What do you think and where are you heading?

Press conference Tuesday 11 Oct 2016, 10 am. – 12 pm.

International artists in Finland:
Elly Strik 3th to 11th October
Berlinde de Bruyckere 5th to 11th October
Erwin Olaf 11th October

Registrations and interviews: Iia Palovaara, Communications Coordinator,
+358 (0)43 826 8713 

Images: http://kuvat.emma.museum/kuvat/Lehdistokuvat-Press/Nykyaikaa+etsim%C3%A4ss%C3%A4/
Password: emmamuseum

Further information:

Project Manager
Hanna Mamia-Walther, Curator, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
+358 (0)43 826 7349

Chief Curator
Pilvi Kalhama, Director, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
pilvi.kalhama@emma.museum, +358 (0)40 533 4070

Marketing and communications
Esa Takala, Head of Marketing & Communications, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
esa.takala@emma.museum, +358 (0)43 8250 021

Attachments: In Search of the Present artist presentations


EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is one of Finland’s central art museums. Located in Tapiola, Espoo, EMMA’s collection and exhibition programme profiles Finnish and international modernism, contemporary art as well as design. EMMA’s exhibition spaces – the largest in Finland – are situated in the architecturally impressive WeeGee building designed by Professor Aarno Ruusuvuori. The modern architecture adds to the experience-focused presentation of the changing exhibitions and permanent collections of EMMA, the Saastamoinen Foundation and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation.

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