09 elokuuta 2019

Ateneum - Silent Beauty

Kyllikki Salmenhaara, vase 1959

Silent Beauty Exhibition at Ateneum was a wonderful, immersive experience. The works were skillfully grouped in different halls and the combination of paintings, kimonos and ceramics had been carefully considered. After seeing the ceramics on display at the exhibition, I have a better understanding of what Minna Eväsoja and Beth Kempton said about wabi-sabi. It is true that 20th century Nordic and East Asian artists had many common sources of inspiration. I'm currently reading a Japanese book Shinrin-Yoku, The Art and Science of Forest Bathing by Qing Li - thank you for the tip Diane! I have not previously realised that in Japan there are so many forests and they are 'forest people' as we Finns. Nordic art is characterized by its silent contemplation and connection to nature. The same can be found in Japanese art. Beautiful and enchanting exhibition, well worth a visit.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Heidi Blomstedt, Shoji Hamada, Erkki Heikkilä, Rune Jansson, Aimo Kanerva, Carl Kylberg, Maija and Ahti Lavonen, Bernard Leach, Ufan Lee, Ulla Rantanen, Kyllikki Salmenhaara, Key Sato, Helene Schjerfbeck, Jaakko Sievänen, Per Stenius, Zao Wou-Ki and Samiro Yunoki. 

"Nordic and East Asian art share the idea of everyday beauty and a connection with nature. The exhibition juxtaposes visual art, ceramics, textile art and architecture by Finnish, Swedish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese artists." - Ateneum

Yoshitaka Yanagi, kimono 1977

This is a treasure that I have not seen photographed anywhere!
Helene Schjerfbeck, Trees in Wind 1918, private collection

Bowl, Takea-Karatsu -ceramics, late 1700 - 1900

Haori, 1800s

Kimmo Kaivanto

 Zao Wou-Ki, Painting 1959

Shōji Hamada, Bowl 1956

Anitra Lucander, Stilleben 1954

Einar Ilmoni, Island 1910-1911

Key Sato, Birth of Stones 1958

Red art grouped in one hall. The text on the wall told the Japanese see
almost 10 different shades of red. Red symbolizes courage, joy, energy and blessings,
but also madness, stress and danger. In many cultures the sun is described as yellow,
but in Japan and Korea it is depicted in red.

I do not have information of all art works, it is worth visiting for yourself
and exploring this charming exhibition - if you happen to come to Helsinki.
Beautiful presentation and great works soothe the mind.


17 kommenttia:

  1. It must be really interesting - thanks for sharing the idea.
    All the works you shot go straight to the essential...
    Wishing you a happy sunny weekend!

    1. This is really worth of experiencing, open til 6 October!

  2. ...Riitta, what a wonderful exhibition, I would have love to have seen it in person. Thanks for taking me along. You did a fabulous job capturing all of this beauty, thank you very much. .

  3. There is so much beauty in our world.

    1. Thank you Sandi, this was really soothing for the soul.

  4. I like the vases, bowls, and other pottery pieces best.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Dearest Riitta; OMG, What a Fantastic exhibition ”Silent Beauty”is. I really wish I could be be with you. Amazing to know that Nordic and East Asian artists had many common sources of inspiration♬ And Thank you very much for introducing Japanese "wabi sabi". It sure is mind soothing to think that you don't have to be always "perfect". How exciting to know the word ephemerality!!! I LOVE that notion.
    Among the fantastic works,I was SO fascinated by the color "red". If you let me add one more; we use the red to describe the face when people get so angry. Maybe,I didn't have to write.... p-;) I remember I wondered why we should say "red sun" when young.
    I enjoyed and learned a lot from this post; Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    1. Thank you my dear Miyako <3
      You were in my mind when I went to see this exhibition. Minna Eväsoja is a Finnish lady who has studied in Japan, Kiyoto and written many books about your culture. She speaks about wabi-sabi and mono no aware, too. It seems that the Japanese and we Finns have a lot in common. You are enthusiastic about the nature, forests and wood as a material (the walls in your home!) - the same with us. This exhibition was really excellent!

  6. Bonita exposición. Un beso.

  7. I love the kimono's. thanks for visiting Cath@Home and leaving me a comment.

  8. What a beautiful exhibit. I love the ceramics and kimonos. Beautiful artwork! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead.

  9. I am still waiting for a book about wabi sabi from my library. But I'm anxious to read it. I guess there is nothing new under the sun but I'm always learning! Thanks for mentioning me today! Makes me feel special! Hugs!

  10. This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing


  11. Riitta - as one who tries to embrace imperfection, I am encouraged to know about wabi-sabi. I am drawn to the ceramics and the kimonos. Lovely. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  12. Wow, you saw an awesome exhibition. Thanks for sharing photos of it, I doubt I'll ever get to see it in person.


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