Outi Heiskanen’s retrospective exhibition at the Ateneum from October 2021
From 8 October 2021 to 9 January 2022, a retrospective exhibition by the arts academician Outi Heiskanen will be on display on the third floor of the Ateneum Art Museum. Heiskanen is a virtuoso printmaker, but also an experimenter who questions the rules and breaks boundaries. Heiskanen is also known as a pioneer of performance art and land and environmental art. The exhibition is curated by an expert on Heiskanen’s art and her long-time friend, Tuula Karjalainen PhD, together with the chief curator at the Ateneum, Sointu Fritze.
A multidisciplinary artist who draws on nature and the mysteries of being human
The arts academician Outi Heiskanen (born 1937) is one of the most successful and famous Finnish artists. Heiskanen’s retrospective exhibition brings together different facets of her diverse and multidisciplinary art. The exhibition, featuring more than 300 works, presents prints, drawings, paintings and installations, as well as recordings of performances from a period of more than fifty years. The exhibition also features a whole gallery’s worth of joint works by Outi Heiskanen and the photographer Janne Laine. Shedding light on the course of the prolific artist’s life is a rich selection of photographs and moving images, created, for example, by Sakari Viika, Jorma Puranen, Tarja Stranden and Georg Grotenfelt.
The mythical world created by Outi Heiskanen is full of stories about the mysteries of being human and our relationship with nature. In her characters, the boundary between man and animal can be blurred when the focus is on our basic instincts and the cycle of life. Her works, created using various techniques, intertwine womanhood, motherhood, eroticism and death. The works are characterised by her undeniable virtuosity and a desire to experiment, which is sometimes even anarchistic in its flouting of the rules.
Outi Heiskanen’s most important mentor, the graphic artist Pentti Kaskipuro (Mestari K; ‘Master K’), has said: ”Outi is the yeast that makes the dough rise, whatever the context. Her artistic expression is completely untouchable: she relies on tradition, yet she is completely original and open-minded.”
The opening of the exhibition coincides with the publication of the biography Outi Heiskanen – Taiteilija kuin shamaani (‘Outi Heiskanen – Artist and shaman’), written by Tuula Karjalainen (Siltala 2021).
An artist who loves to perform created performance, land and environmental art
Community and close friendships have played a key role in Outi Heiskanen’s art since the 1970s. The performances by the Record Singers and Bellini-akatemia (‘Bellini Academy’), which were formed around Heiskanen, were legendary. One of the most memorable performances was Kluuvin ruhje (‘Kluuvi fracture’), which was seen at the closing event of the Ateneum Art Museum before its renovation in 1984. Siirrettävä Tuonela (‘Movable Tuonela’), which was created by Heiskanen and her artist friends in 1983, spread around the park of the Meilahti Art Museum, constituting one of the first exhibitions of environmental art in Finland.
Outi Heiskanen has broken unwritten rules both in her art and in her life. Heiskanen is the most spectacular brand of her time: a brave and unapologetic pioneer. A master of puns and games, the most public of the artist’s many pseudonyms is Immi Piilo, an outsider artist who made her debut in 2010 and whose works, featuring uninhibited splashes of colour, are also included in the exhibition. Colours became more important to Outi Heiskanen during her several trips to Asia, from which the influence of Tibet, in particular, is reflected in many ways in her art.
Anna Kari, Communications Officer, tel. +358 40 717 8185, anna.kari at ateneum.fi
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Press conference on Thu 7 October at 10:15: Outi Heiskanen24.9.2021 09:19:55 EEST | Press Invitation
You are cordially invited to the press conference for the arts academician Outi Heiskanen’s exhibition on Thursday 7 October 2021 at 10:15. The event will be held in the Ateneum Hall. The exhibition on the Ateneum’s third floor will be open for preview until 13:00. Outi Heiskanen’s retrospective exhibition brings together different facets of her diverse and multidisciplinary art. The exhibition, featuring more than 300 works, presents prints, drawings, paintings and installations, as well as recordings of performances from a period of more than fifty years.
Pressvisning to 7.10 kl. 10.15: Outi Heiskanen24.9.2021 09:19:20 EEST | Kutsu
Välkommen till pressvisningen av akademiker Outi Heiskanens utställning torsdagen den 7 oktober 2021 kl. 10.15 (i Ateneumsalen). Utställningen i Ateneums tredje våning är öppen för medierna till klockan 13. I denna retrospektiva utställning sammanförs de olika delområdena av Outi Heiskanens mångsidiga och sektorsövergripande konst. Utställningen som omfattar över 300 verk presenterar grafik, teckningar, målningar och installationer samt performanceinspelningar från en över femtio år lång karriär.
Tiedotustilaisuus to 7.10. klo 10.15: Outi Heiskanen24.9.2021 09:19:02 EEST | Kutsu
Tervetuloa akateemikko Outi Heiskasen näyttelyn tiedotustilaisuuteen Ateneum-saliin torstaina 7. lokakuuta 2021 klo 10.15. Näyttelyyn Ateneumin kolmannessa kerroksessa voi tutustua klo 13 asti. Heiskasen retrospektiivinen näyttely kokoaa yhteen hänen monipuolisen ja monialaisen taiteensa eri osa-alueet. Yli 300:n teoksen näyttely esittelee grafiikkaa, piirustuksia, maalauksia ja installaatioita sekä performanssien taltiointeja yli viidenkymmenen vuoden ajalta.
From 21 to 29 August, tickets for the Ateneum’s Repin exhibition only available through Lippu.fi17.8.2021 10:37:33 EEST | Press release
Due to the deteriorating coronavirus situation and in order to prevent queues forming at the main entrance, the Ateneum Art Museum will transfer ticket sales for its Repin exhibition exclusively to Lippu.fi for the remaining days of the exhibition, from 21 to 29 August. Ticket sales will begin on Thursday 19 August 2021 at 9:00. Starting from Thursday 19 August, the opening hours of the exhibition will be extended. Starting from Saturday 21 August, it will no longer be possible to buy a ticket at the main entrance. Changes are possible.
Biljetter till Ateneums Repin-utställning 21.–29.8 endast via Lippu.fi17.8.2021 10:37:13 EEST | Tiedote
På grund av den åtstramade coronasituationen och för att förhindra köer vid huvudentrén överför Ateneum försäljningen av samtliga biljetter till Repin-utställningens sista dagar 21–29.8 till enbart Lippu.fi. Biljettförsäljningen inleds torsdagen 19.8.2021 kl. 9.00. Från och med to 19.8 förlängs museets öppethållningstider. Från och med lördagen 21.8 kan inga biljetter köpas vid huvudentrén. Ändringar är möjliga.
Ateneumin Repin-näyttelyyn liput 21.–29.8. vain Lippu.fi:stä17.8.2021 10:36:53 EEST | Tiedote
Kiristyneen koronavirustilanteen vuoksi ja pääoville muodostuvien jonojen estämiseksi Ateneumin taidemuseo siirtää kaikki Repin-näyttelyn viimeisten päivien 21.–29.8. liput myyntiin ainoastaan Lippu.fi:hin. Lipunmyynti alkaa torstaina 19.8.2021 klo 9.00. Näyttelyn aukioloaikoja pidennetään torstaista 19.8. alkaen. Pääovelta ei ole mahdollista ostaa lippua lauantaista 21.8. alkaen. Muutokset ovat mahdollisia.
The Ateneum to admit more visitors from Tuesday 22 June17.6.2021 09:41:56 EEST | Press release
Admission to exhibitions at the Ateneum Art Museum is becoming easier. The Ateneum is increasing the number of daily visitors, and tickets will also be sold at the door from Tuesday 22 June 2021. The same day marks the start of the sale of additional tickets at Lippu.fi for the period from 6 July to 29 August (selling begins at 9:00). Pre-booking tickets is still recommended if you want to guarantee your admission to the museum at a preferred time. The number of visitors admitted can be increased now that the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland has relaxed the restrictions on assembly and safe distances that were in force in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
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