HAA Europe 2022 is FINEST
The partner for the third and final year of the HAA Europe project is the Estonian Painters’ Association. Our project is called FINEST.
Cooperation has been developed with Estonian visual arts actors. Active contact and planning was launched in autumn 2021 with the Estonian Painters’ Association (EPA, Estonian Painters’ Association, https://www.maal.ee/). This is also a natural neighbouring activity, but the cultural relationship is also strong between our countries. Various events are also planned alongside the exhibitions, such as discussion events and participatory workshops. The curators during the year are Satu Kalliokuusi and Mika Vesalahti from the Helsinki Artists’ Association, as well as Tiiu Rebane, Jaan Elken, Mall Nukke and Vilen Künnapu from the Estonian Painters’ Association.
Basis for collaboration 2022 and future objectives
The resulting collaboration between the Estonian Painters’ Association and the Helsinki Artists’ Association is based on an identified need to promote communication between countries in the field of visual arts. The aim is to broaden the awareness of contemporary art in both countries, but also to promote collegiate co-operation and communication. The agreement is still designed as a continuous and permanent practice for organising joint exhibitions and developing other possible forms of co-operation. The aim is also to extend the art partnership beyond the borders of our countries. In 2023–25, we are planning an exhibition exchange in co-operation with the Artists’ Federations of Latvia and Lithuania, with which the Estonian Painters’ Association already has existing links.
Exhibition at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki
The Estonian Embassy made it possible for the first FINEST exhibition of the year Estonian elements in its own premises. Eleven works by artists are still on display. The curators are Tiiu Rebane and Mall Nukke. The theme of the selected works is man’s relationship with nature on both an emotional and analytical level. The exhibition ends on 30 June.
Spring and autumn 2022 | Estonian Painters’ Association exhibitions in Helsinki
In March, two exhibitions of the Estonian Painters’ Association were opened in the gallery premises of the Helsinki Artists’ Association. The HAA Gallery in Suomenlinna saw a group exhibition Neonaïvism (9 March to 2 April) curated by architect and visual artist Vilen Künnapu. Paintings by 25 artists were exhibited. Personal Freedom by painter Karl-Kristjan Nagel was on display at Galleria Katariina from 10 March to 27 March. Nagel had brought paintings from several years. They highlighted the world’s cultures, music, film and experience of freedom.
In September, the exhibition of visual artist Mall Nukke in Galleria Katariina will be opened. The exhibition is scheduled for 16.9.–2.10.
Joint exhibition | The Sea, Suomenlinna HAA Gallery and Malmitalo Gallery
At the autumn 2021 meetings, the sea theme in its simplicity felt good on both sides. The sea creates images from the situation in the Baltic Sea to the layers of the subconscious. The sea is also a connecting and distinguishing element between Finland and Estonia.
The Sea exhibition will be held in two galleries in Helsinki in the summer: HAA Gallery 4.6.–30.7. and Malmitalo Gallery 4.6.–30.7. Curators Satu Kalliokuusi and Mika Vesalahti chose the works of Estonian artists. Similarly, Estonian curators Tiiu Rebane and Jaan Elken selected the work from Finnish artists, who must be members of the Helsinki Artists’ Association.
Autumn 2022 | Finnish exhibitions in Tallinn and Pärnu
The Helsinki Artists’ Association has two exhibitions during the autumn in Estonia. The exhibitions were named Art Tube I and Art Tube II. The names were already created in the autumn 2021 discussions on the themes. Art Tube describes the metro tunnel between Finland and Estonia, through which art passes quickly and imaginatively between countries. The first stop is the Kadrioru Plaza Gallery in Tallinn, where the Art Tube I exhibition will be held from 3 September to 29 October 2022. Approximately 50 individual works from artists will be displayed in the large office lobby of a new and significant office building. The final stop is the historic Pärnu Linna Galerii, which will feature Art Tube II from 28 September to 22 October 2022. Seven Finnish artists can be displayed in the gallery’s seven rooms, either alone or as a pair or group of artists.
Muhu’s residence 1.6.–30.8.2022
As part of the HAA Europe project 2022, the Estonian Painters’ Association offers three artists from the Helsinki Artists’ Association the opportunity to work on the island of Muhu for a month in an idyllic rural district in the middle of nature in Nõmmküla.
Estonian Painters’ Association exhibitions in Helsinki:
- Galleria Katariina 11.3.–27.3.2022 – Karl-Kristjan Nagel
- HAA Galleria, Suomenlinna 10.3.–2.4.2022 – Neonaivism, group exhibition, curator Vilen Künnapu
- Galleria Katariina 16.9.–2.10.2022 – Mall Nukke
- Joint exhibition: HAA Galleria, Suomenlinna and Malmitalo Gallery 4.6.–30.7.2022 . The theme of the exhibition is the sea, freely interpreted.
Helsinki Artists’ Association’s exhibitions in Estonia:
- Kadrioru Plaza Galerii, Tallinn 3.9.–29.10.2022
- Pärnu Linnagalerii, Pärnu 28.9.–22.10.2022