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"The Eleventh Hour"
1999-12-31 until 2000-05-31
Museum of Foreign Art, Sinebrychoff
The Museum of Foreign Art, Sinebrychoff, will celebrate the new millennium with the exhibition
The Eleventh Hour. The name of the exhibition, the Eleventh Hour, is a common phrase in
many languages. In olden times the day was divided into twelve hours, so the final hour began
with the eleventh. In the Bible, the eleventh hour meant man's last chance as with the twelfth
hour his time was up and the Day of Judgement at hand. The meaning implies the last possible
time or opportunity to do something. And as befits its name, the Eleventh Hour exhibition opens
on the last day of the present millennium.
The Eleventh Hour exhibition is a journey into times past and history. Man's outlook and
relationship to time is portrayed through paintings and objects from the 16th to the 19th
centuries. The exhibition relates how Cronus or Saturn, Father Time, has been depicted in art,
the instruments used for measuring time, and how the cyclical idea of time is repeated in the
rhythm of life and nature. It also shows man's relationship to the universe and how he has
interpreted it through scientific and magical means. The theme of Vanitas holds a crucial
position in painting because it reminds man of his mortality, and that time is transient and
irreversible. Pertti Kukkonen's sculptures bring us into the present or timelessness time. The
exhibition also creates its own sound world.
In the exhibition book The Eleventh Hour - Mastering Time scientists from different fields
ponder the relationship to time and how our understanding of it has varied since Classical