ITE on the Hunt and Savannah moved to ITE Museum in Kokkola

ITE on the Hunt and Savannah
3.11.2016–26.2.2017
Exhibition in ITE Museum
Pitkänsillankatu 28
Kokkola, Finland

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ITE on the Hunt and Savannah is a conference, of sorts, where the flora and fauna of the Southern and Northern hemispheres meet. Themes of the natural world and materials collected from nature are typical of Finnish contemporary folk art. These works mix with documentary films telling about seal hunting.

Man is there as well, observing, taking action and utilising nature. The recycled materials used in many of the works have already been used and abandoned by human beings: tyres, scrap metal and drink cans live on as animal sculptures. Techniques that are closely associated with the traditions of everyday rural handicrafts such as chainsaw sculpting, welding and needlework shake hands with the conventions of visual arts.

The exhibition is in ITE museum, Kokkola, from 3rd November to February 26th. It moved from Hunting Museum from Riihimäki, where it achieved more than 10.000 visitors in summer 2016. The touring exhibition is organised by the Hunting Museum of Finland, ITE Museum and the Union for Rural Culture and Education.

Raw Vision: Erkki Pirtola In Memoriam

Veli Granö’s obituary Erkki Pirtola (1950–1916) was published in Raw Vision Magazine #91.

Erkki Pirtola was a Finnish curator, artist, art critic and documentarist who shoot thousands of hours of videos on Finnish contemporary folk artists. Professor Veli Granö, the writer of the obituary, is a photographer and film maker. Read the text from Raw Vision Magazine!

EXPLORING

Swiss Max E. Ammann and his wife Korine have collected Outsider art since 1990s. Their collection comprises over 6000 artworks of over 600 artists and is probably the widest and most comprehensive collection of its kind.

Due to his career in international equestrian sports Max E. Amman has visited Finland several times and become acquainted with Finnish ITE artists. Essential part of the collecting hobby of the Ammanns are their visits to ITE artists and getting to know them personally. Exploring – Swiss View on Finnish ITE Art is an account of the trips the Ammann couple have made to visit the ITE artists in Finland. The book presents 25 Finnish ITE artist whose works have been included in Ammann collection.

The book tells also about the early stage of their collecting hobby and a friendship that was established through equestrian sports, and lead into an exhibiton The Art of Others held at the Serlachius Museums in 2015. Texts written by Max E. Ammann and Korine Ammann are in Finnish and English.

Subscribe your copy from the museum shop of Serlachius Museums.

 

ITE on the Hunt and Savannah

ITE on the Hunt and Savannah (ITE metsällä ja savannilla)
12 May–18 September 2016
The Hunting Museum of Finland
Tehtaankatu 23 A, Riihimäki, Finland
Open 12 May–31 August: Tue–Sun 10:00–17:00, in September: Tue–Sun 10:00– 16:00
Tickets € 6/4/3, family ticket €12

The halls and gardens at the Hunting Museum in Riihimäki are filled with animal-themed sculptures by ITE artists. The beasts and nature of savannah and the North live in perfect harmony.

An unreserved and untrained expression and joy of creation is what brings out a primal ’art tribe’ out of the deeps of the Finnish forests.  ITE, or ’Self-made life’, refers to art whose makers are self-taught and express themselves in a unique and passionate way; for them, making art often becomes a lifestyle that embraces their entire lives.

ITE on the Hunt and Savannah is a conference, of sorts, where the flora and fauna of the Southern and Northern hemispheres meet. Themes of the natural world and materials collected from nature are typical of Finnish contemporary folk art. These works mix with the themes of the museum’s permanent exhibition and interact with Finnish game animals and the exotic animals in Jaakko Ojanperä’s trophy collection.

Man is there as well, observing, taking action and utilising nature. The recycled materials used in many of the works have already been used and abandoned by human beings: tyres, scrap metal and drink cans live on as animal sculptures. Techniques that are closely associated with the traditions of everyday rural handicrafts such as chainsaw sculpting, welding and needlework shake hands with the conventions of visual arts.

You can find texts, images and videos about the artists on Tarinasoitin.

The exhibition is organised by the Hunting Museum of Finland, ITE – Contemporary Folk Art Museum and the Union for Rural Culture and Education. It will move to the ITE – Contemporary Folk Art Museum in Kokkola in autumn, where it will be open from 20 October 2016 until 17 January 2017.

ITE by hand

ITE by hand (ITE käsillä)
Hand-made contemporary folk art

13 May–16 October 2016
ITE – Contemporary Folk Art Museum
Pitkänsillankatu 28, Kokkola, Finland
Open Tue–Sun 11:00–16:00, Thu 11:00–18:00, Mon closed
Tickets € 4/2/0, free entrance on Thursdays

ITE – Contemporary Folk Art Museum in Kokkola exhibits handicrafts-based expressions of artistic creativity. People usually follow patterns and guidelines when making handicrafts, but what happens when the individual gets carried away by wild creativity and a passion for self-expression?

The ITE by hand exhibition displays wild works of handicrafts that charm, startle and amuse the audience. There are numerous materials and techniques used in the works, including embroidery, crocheting, needlework, appliqué, felting, junk sculptures and folded cardboard.

The 17 craftspeople featured in the exhibition all come from the margins of the art world, and in addition to the Finnish ITE artists, there are stars of outsider art from Denmark and Norway. The artists in the exhibition are Eivor Bennert, Ullakaisa Kaarlela, Alpo Koivumäki, Elisa Kärjä, Hannu Leskinen-Estola, Anna Lappalainen,  Wenche Nilsen, Erkki Nousiainen, Kenneth Rasmussen, Mirjami Rautio, Merja Riekkinen, Aune Riihonen, Marja Ruusunen, Rauha Ryynänen, Helinä Savonen, Johanna Seppä and Audgunn Vilhelmsen.

Some of the works are from the ITE Museum collections, and there are also works on loan from the Saarijärvi Museum, the Kellokoski Hospital Museum, the Kettuki collection, the Trastad collection at the Sør-Troms Museum, Norway, the Bifrost Art School in Randers, Denmark as well as from artists and private collections.

The exhibition is curated by art educator and researcher Minna Haveri.

Stumble across ITE

Stumble across ITE (Eti ITE)
21 May–30 July 2016
City of Parkano, Finland

You can stumble across fantastic sculptures while walking around Parkano’s town centre. They are all made by ITE artists – self-taught makers of contemporary folk art.

The exhibition’s theme Stumble across ITE invites you to explore parks, squares and roadsides to see if you can find art in unexpected environments.  You never know, you may bump into a visiting sculpture at a fountain or the health centre.

The animal kingdom is represented by a number of species, including deer, eagle, giant frog and a flock of cranes. Townspeople have been fascinated by the sculpture of a farmer and his wife making hay, not to mention the smiles brought to everyone’s faces by the massive woman made of sheet metal that is offering coffee to an admirer from a pot the size of a wheelbarrow.

Pictured here is Arto Tuominen, who put the exhibition together, in the Europresident’s chair made by Edvin Hevonkoski. Image by Hanna Tuuri.

The exhibition features sculptures by Edvin Hevonkoski, Alpo Koivumäki, Tauno Vuorenniemi and Markku Yli-Lankoski, among others.





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