EMMA – Espoon modernin taiteen museo
Sky of Time is an upcoming exhibition featuring the world-famous Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima. The show marks the continuation of a new form of collaboration between EMMA and the Saastamoinen Foundation. Every year, a new work will be commissioned for the Foundation’s collections from a topically relevant contemporary artist. The work will be custom-designed for EMMA’s exhibition space, accompanied by a curated exhibition highlighting the artist’s recent work.
Early next year will feature the joint work by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca called Faz Que Vai (Set to Go), 2016 will be on display as part of the Touch exhibition. The work of the artist duo, which is representing Brazil in this year’s Venice Biennale, is a video essay consisting of four parts. In each part, a different dancer interprets the traditional Brazilian Carnival dance, Frevo.
In February 2020 a piece by Young Artist of the Year 2019 Nastja Säde Rönkköcalled for those yet to be (2016–2018) will be on display. The work is one person’s demonstration and a series of video performances on ecological destruction. The project features Rönkkö visiting fragile parts of the globe that are threatened or destroyed by human actions and sending messages to future generations.
The exhibition program of 2020 is opened by visual artist Tacita Dean (b. 1965), currently one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists. Dean is known, in particular, for her 16mm films and working to protect photochemical film, as well as her arresting, large-sized chalk drawings on blackboards.
Artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö, post-doctoral researcher Laura Riuttanen from the Institute for atmospheric and Earth system research INAR and founding member of Zero Waste Finland ry Susanna Luukinen address the effects of climate change on our lives. The speakers ponder what can still be done through means of art and research and on the individual level. The discussion is moderated by EMMA’s Museum Director Pilvi Kalhama. In Finnish.
In April, the exhibition stage surrounded by the Bryk & Wirkkala Visible Storagewill display an exhibition on ceramist Michael Schilkin (1900–1962). The Russian-born Schilkin worked in Finland during 1935–1962 for Arabia’s art department. He is famous particularly for his small ceramic animal figures. The exhibition is curated by contemporary artist, sculptor and ceramic artist Lotta Mattila, whose works will also be featured in the exhibition.
In Autumn 2020, Elmgreen & Dragset will create a site-specific installation for their exhibition at EMMA, accompanied by a selection of their iconic artworks. The exhibition marks the world-famous artist duo's Finnish premiere – and at the same time – the 25th anniversary of their collaboration, which has repeatedly challenged the conventions of the art world, in a subversive, yet playful manner.