Julkinen taide | EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art is one of the biggest museums in Finland.

Julkinen taide

Olavi Valavuori, Spektri, 1972, lasimosaiikki, k. 357 cm, l. 287 cm, Leppävaaran uimahalli. Kuva: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Pekka Kauhanen, Taidepoliisi, 2006, pronssi ja teräs, k. 450 cm. Tapiola: Pohjantien ja Ahertajantien kiertoliittymä. Kuva: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Leena Luostarinen, Niilin valtiatar, 1996, öljymaalaus kankaalle, k. 250 cm, l. 180 cm, Sellon kirjasto, musiikkiosasto. Kuva: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Kain Tapper, Vaalea Kolmio, 1989, veistettyä, maalattua koivua, k. 168 cm, l. 189 cm, Espoon kulttuurikeskus. Kuva: Ari Karttunen

EMMA - Espoon modernin taiteen museon kokoelmateoksia tapaa Espoon kaupunkikuvassa. EMMAn kokoelmaa on kerätty 1950-luvulta lähtien, teoksia kokoelmassa on yli 2500. Se on taidemuseon kokoelmista suurin ja vanhin. Alun perin Espoon kaupungin taidekokoelmasta tuli EMMAn kokoelma vuonna 2002, kun kaupungin kuvataidetoiminnasta ja kokoelmien kartutuksesta huolehtimaan perustettiin Espoon Taidemuseosäätiö, joka hallinnoi vuonna 2006 yleisölle ovensa avannutta taidemuseota.

Merkittävä osa EMMAn kokoelman teoksista on jatkuvasti esillä Espoon kaupunkikuvassa, ulkotiloissa julkisina monumentteina tai koulujen, sairaaloiden, päiväkotien, palvelutalojen, uimahallien aulatiloissa ja käytävillä, kaikkien kaupunkilaisten saavutettavissa.

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The Collection was started during the 1950s when the Espoo Primary School Board and the national “Art for Schools” project began to collect art, mainly graphics, for schools. In the 1960s, the responsibility for the City of Espoo’s art purchases eventually came to be transferred to the city’s art committee..

From the 1960s onwards, the collection expanded to include paintings and sculptures. The first works of public art appeared in Espoo’s public spaces: monumental open-air sculptures as well as large murals and textile works. Artists living and working in Espoo were well-represented in art projects and acquisitions, with constructivism, typical in the 1960s and 1970s, as the focal point.
 
Ernst Mether-Borgström: Diamond, 1970s. 
Ernst Mether-Borgström: Diamond, 1970s, painted steel
 
The increasingly international climate of the 1980s saw paintings with sumptuously rich colour palette at the fore. Modern sculpture transformed partly into installations or environmental art. Collections expanded during the economic boom also thanks to the practice of allocating a certain percentage of the public construction budget to art, until in the wake of the 1990s recession, art acquisitions from public funds were to become heavily restricted.
 
Towards the end of the previous millennium, the importance of photography increased, and after the turn of the new century, video installations and media art have gained foothold.
  
Jorma Puranen: From the series Imaginary homecoming: Untitled, 1991, photogragh
 
Following the founding of the municipal art gallery, Galleria Otso, in 1985, the collection expanded to include international art, particularly Nordic art. Now on its seventh decade, the collection forms a highly representative sample of Finnish post-war modernism complemented by touches of international colour.
 
 
Joan Miró: Série IV, 1952, aquatint and etching