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"Widening Circle: 1990s International Acquisitions"
2001-03-10 until 2001-08-19
Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art
The Widening Circle exhibition displays works by eight internationally recognised artists: Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Charlotte Gyllenhammer, Simryn Gill, Mikael Lundberg, Seppo Renvall, Mari Slaatelid and Marko Vuokola. The exhibition emphasises installations and photography, but also addresses other forms of artistic expression.
Norwegian Mari Slaattelid, winner of the first prize in the Carnegie Art Award competition, employs different techniques to examine the dimensions of painting. Marko Vuokola's installation, displayed in the same room, suggests the ever wider field of sculpture. Louis Bourgeois and Tracey Emin bring rebellion and irony to the exhibition. Mikael Lundberg's installation Kapsel and Charlotte Gyllenhammer's photographs Fall I and III are amoung the most recent Nordic acquistions. Simryn Renvall's color photographs Nayttely remind us of photography's strong position in contemporary art.
The contribution of two Finnish artists in the Widening Circle suggests the way Finnish art has become more international and open to foreign influences. The complex interaction of the local and global has become everyday since the 1980s. The exhibition can also be seen as complementing the Nordic Postmodernism exhibition on display: this is where we stand - what is left of postmodernism?