Fifteen Nordic Artists Searching for Idyll
The 2013 Turku Biennial, running from May 9th till September 9th 2013, is investigating the concept of the Nordic idyll. The exhibition includes new works by fifteen artists or artist groups from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Wandering through the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum, visitors will encounter artistic investigations into the notion of the contemporary idyll. From the Greek word eidúllion, meaning a harmonious scene illustrating the unspoiled beauty of nature or the countryside, artists and poets from antiquity to the present day have examined the concept of the idyll. Have Theocritus, Millet, Wagner and other artists and poets been depicting similar utopian states of harmony? The 2013 Turku Biennial will interrogate: ‘what kind of idyll, dream or utopia are contemporary individuals seeking? What is the landscape of the urban imagination like? Is an idyllic state ever really possible to reach? What does idyll cover, what is behind it?’ The artists in the exhibition were selected by a group of seven curators working in the Nordic countries. From Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova the members of the curatorial team are curator Silja Lehtonen, museum director Johanna Lehto- Vahtera, PR officer Laura Boxberg and researcher Eeva Holkeri. The invited guest curators are curator and critic Power Ekroth from Sweden, artist and curator Karolin Tampere from Norway, artist and curator Ellen Friis from Denmark and art historian, curator Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir from Iceland.
The artists featured in the 2013 Turku Biennial are:
Silja Sallé, Bjargey Ólafsdóttir, Emil Ásgrímsson.
Petri Ala-Maunus, Katarina Reuter, Elina Saloranta.
Lisa Jeannin, Tilda Lovell, Valeria Montti Colque.
Mom & Jerry, Mercedes Mühleisen, Joar Nango & Tanya Busse.
Søren Thilo Funder, Heidi Hove, Stine Marie Jacobsen.
For more information, please see the Turku Biennial webpage: http://www.turkubiennaali.fi/en
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