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Destined for Creativity – ITE and Friends

13.2.–26.4.2020 Kokkola, ITE Museum
2.6.–20.9.2020 Oulu Museum of Art
23.10.2020–7.3.2021 Hämeenlinna Art Museum

The conceptual family of outsider art was joined by a new member in the early 2000s when folk art by Finnish self-taught artists was discovered and named ITE art (from the Finnish phrase itse tehty elämä, or “self-made life”).

20 years have passed since the first ITE art exhibition in Kaustinen Folk Arts Center. Since those days, a self-standing history of ITE art has been formulated. Although the artworks are highly idiosyncratic and unique, they often share certain themes and stylistic traits.

The anniversary exhibition features works by both active and bygone folk artists from home and abroad as well as works from contemporary artists. Curators Minna Haveri, Liisa Heikkilä-Palo and Elina Vuorimies make individual artworks and stories part of a wider narrative of self-made lives.

ITE Art in Finland – 20-year jubilee

We would like to invite everyone to explore Finnish contemporary folk art, ITE art, and to take part in the jubilee year’s many festive events!

When the Association for Rural Culture and Education and its partners began surveying Finnish contemporary folk art in the late 1990s, the genre was virtually unknown in Finland, as was the general concept of contemporary folk art.

The consequences can be compared to opening Pandora’s box – in a good way. Hundreds of original creators and wonderful worlds of imagination were discovered on the walls of Finnish homes and especially in the vast expanses of remote countryside yards. Until then, their creations had been mainly ignored or sneered at.

The phenomenon was named ITE art, ITE being an acronym of the Finnish words itse tehty elämä, ‘self-made life’. It refers to the fact that most of these artists are self-taught and use their art to shape their entire lives; they construct their own stories through their works. In 2000, the first ITE exhibitions were held and the first book on the subject was published. They gained tremendous popularity and attention, and ITE art coverage was huge in the media. And now it’s time to mark ITE art’s 20-year jubilee.

Read more!

The Association for Rural Culture and Education also has an extensive Collection of ITE art, which is maintained by the ITE Museum in Kokkola on the west coast of Finland. Both the Association and the ITE Museum provide guidance and advice on all issues related to ITE art.

Contact us

Association for Rural Culture and Education
www.msl.fi
Helka Ketonen, Director, Cultural Affairs, helka.ketonen@msl.fi
Raija Kallioinen, Coordinator, Cultural Affairs, raija.kallioinen@msl.fi
ITE Collection
Elina Vuorimies, Curator in ITE Museum, elina.vuorimies@kokkola.fi

 

Season greetings!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020 to all friends of ITE Art!

ITE Art exhibitions and events in 2019

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

Wanted ITE
ITE Museum
Pitkänsillankatu 28, Kokkola, Finland
20.6.–27.10.2019
Tue–Sun 11–16, Thu 11–18, Mon closed
Press release (in Finnish)

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

ITE – Via Parkano
ITE Art in parks and streets, center of Parkano town, Finland
Works by Raimo Hautaluoma, Paula Huhtanen, Alpo Koivumäki, Juha Käkelä, Elisa Kärjä, Mikko Virkkula
1.6.-31.8.2018
Mobile map: bit.ly/iteparkano
Download the Nomadi appliication app.citynomadi.com.

Paula Huhtanen, The biggest is PEACE
Tullinsilta gallery, Loviisa
Exhibistion is open till 30.5.2019, open by agreements, call to +358 40 512 5508, paivi@melamies.fi
Tullisilta gallery in Facebook

Wood sculptures by Kaarlo Bäckman
Pyhäjoki library gallery, Ruukintie 1, 86100 Pyhäjoki
9.–26.4.2019
Open: Mon, Thu 11–16, Tue, Wed, Fri 11–20

ITE ENVIRONMENTS OPEN FOR VISITORS

Parikkala Sculpture Park
Over 500 sculptures and a lovely garden
Kuutostie 611, 59130 Parikkala, Finland
Always open
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.

Alpo’s Savannah
Alpo Koivumäki’s sculpture yard
Sarantie 672, Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland
Open daily at 10:00–20:00
Alpo’s Savannah in Facebook
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.

Enni Id’s house
Kellosalmentie 579, Padasjoki, Finland
Open on summer Sundays at 12–15
Groups can agree special visit, please contact Mrs Pirjo Rinne +358 40 595 3445 or piipa.rinne@gmail.com
Enni Id in ITEnet
Video by Mike Inglis here
Page in Facebook
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.

Edvin Hevonkoski, sculpture park Edvin’s Path
Edvininpolku, Vaasa
Always open
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.

Home museum by Väinö Ylen
Kodisjoentie 1535, Kodisjoki (Rauma), Finland
In summer 2019 the house is open 29.6.-4.8. Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 12–16
You can agree special visits in other times.
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.

ITE ART ABROAD

Träume – Utopien – Visionen
Musée Visionnaire
Predigerplatz 10, Zürich, Zwitzerland
28.8.2019–16.2.2020
ITE Artist Ilmari ”Imppu” Salminen in international exhibition, presented together with Julius Bockelt, Urs Hanselmann, Julia Krause-Harder, Parzival’, Brenda Vieira-Schimidt and Ben Wilson

Nordic Outsider Craft
Art Gallery Filosoffen, Odense, Denmark / 19.–31.3.2019
Aguélimuséet, Sala, Sweden / 25.5.–15.6.2019
Safnasafnið-museum, Akureyri, Island / 13.7.–8.9.2019
Galleri NordNorge, Harstad, Norway / 29.11.2019–10.1.202

ITE Art
Max and Korine Ammann’s Collection

14.6.2018–13.1.2019 Outsider Art Museum, Amsterdam

WOOD SCULPTING EVENT

Bear Festival and bear sculpting competition “GoBearGo”
15.–17.8.2019 Ilomantsi, Finland
https://msl.fi/karhufestivaali/english/

 

ITE Art exhibitions and events in 2018

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

Pienoiskoossa – Miniatures
Art worlds in a miniature scale
ITE Museum
Pitkänsillankatu 28, Kokkola, Finland
15.3.–21.10.2018

Aurinkopolku ja ITE tarinoi – The Sun Path and ITE stories
Portraits of personal caretakers by Ullakaisa Kaarlela
27.3.–8.7.2018 Emil Cedercreuz museum, Harjavalta, Finland

ITE puusta – ITE from Wood
27.4.2018–6.1.2019, Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, Punkaharju, Finland
ITE sites open for visitors in Saimaa district, download the map or use the Google Maps.

Pehmeetä touhuaNordic Outsider Craft
28.4.–2.12.2018 Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä

ITE teossa – ITE Artists on Display
ITE Art from Pirkanmaa region, ethos and pathos of self-made life
8.6.–26.8.2018, The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Tampere

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

Löydä ITE! – Find ITE!
The route of ITE Art in parks and center of Parkano town, Finland
Works by Veino Kulju, Väiinö Oja, Tauno Vuorenniemi and Markku Ylilankoski
Opening at 8.6.2018 until the end of the summer, Parkano
Mobile map: bit.ly/iteparkano
Download the Nomadi appliication app.citynomadi.com.

Kovaa & Pehmeää – Hard and Soft
Marja Estola, Ritva Estola-Vähätalo, Hannu Leskinen-Estola, Pertti Pursiainen)
20.8.–2.9.2018 Vihavuosi, Hauho

Tuomo Rantanen
Solo exhibition
1.–26.10.2018 Sastamala library, Sillankorvankatu 1, Sastamala, Finland

ITE ENVIRONMENTS OPEN FOR VISITORS

Parikkala Sculpture Park
Kuutostie 611, 59130 Parikkala, Finland
Always open

Alpo’s Savannah
Alpo Koivumäki’s sculpture yard
Sarantie 672, Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland
1.7.–30.9.2018
Alpo’s Savannah in Facebook

ITE ART ABROAD

ITE Art
Max and Korine Ammann’s Collection

14.6.2018–13.1.2019 Outsider Art Museum, Amsterdam

WOOD SCULPTING EVENTS

Wood sculpting in Livo village
10.–11.5.2018 Livo, Pudasjärvi, Finland

ITE in Stone Age  -veistokurssi
6.–10.6.2018 Kierikki-keskus, Yli-Ii

Bear Festival and bear sculpting competition “Wild Nature”
16.–18.8.2018 Ilomantsi, Finland
https://msl.fi/karhufestivaali/english/

Wood sculpting competition, Finland’s championship
5.10.2018, Heinola, Puunveistäjät ry

 

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

ite-metsalla-ja-savannilla-julkka-web

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.