Landscapes in contemporary art feature environmental values and landscapes of the mind | EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

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Landscapes in contemporary art feature environmental values and landscapes of the mind

24.04.2013

 

On 25 April, we will open a contemporary art exhibition presenting works from the Saastamoinen foundation art collection. Events in nature features works on landscape by 35 artists, mainly from the 2000s.
 
”It is no coincidence that landscape and nature are brought strongly to the fore in the visual arts of the 2000s. A landscape evokes thought and feeling, experiencing a landscape is always imbued with subjective interpretation and a sense of presence by the onlooker,” writes Tarja Talvitie, Chief Curator of Collections at EMMA.
 
Landscapes in contemporary art can be a continuation of the traditional way of depicting nature, but typically they offer wide-ranging perspectives. “Nature” can become the starting point for an associative process leading to abstraction. A work of art may relate the flight of a bird, or the feel of rain on the skin.
 
Contemporary art is provoked by the esthetics of wastelands, the desolation of areas exploited by people, the facelessness of suburbia, slums as well as decadence.
 
For a contemporary artist, a landscape is often representative of change. This is why time and movement have become fixtures in contemporary art, either as a mechanical element or expression in form.
 
We invite our visitors to take part in the discussion surrounding these multifaceted themes. Subjective posts related to the works have been uploaded on the EMMA website. The site is optimized for mobile browsing, and direct links to works (via QR codes) have been installed in the exhibition space. Embracing the mobile Internet is part of our dedication to reaching guests in new ways, and deepening their museum experience.
 

 

 
More information on the exhibition:
Tarja Talvitie, Chief Curator of Collections, EMMA, tarja.talvitie@espoo.fi, tel +358 43 824 6354.
Press contacts:
Tatu Malmström, Head of Marketing and Communications, EMMA, tatu.malmstrom@espoo.fi, tel +358 43 825 0021.
 

Press images: http://kuvat.emma.museum/kuvat/Lehdistokuvat-Press/