The 7th Wave - Wihuri and Visual Art

The 7th Wave - Wihuri and Visual Art
2.2.-12.5.2013 Lönnström Art Museum

The Lönnström Art Museum in Rauma presents The Seventh Wave - Wihuri and Visual Art, an exhibition showcasing art acquisitions made by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation in the 2000s. The exhibition features paintings as well as photography, sculptures, installations and video art. The lavish hanging features work by 64 Finnish visual artists. The Seventh Wave celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Wihuri Foundation.

The Seventh Wave - Wihuri and Visual Art is curated by painter Jukka Mäkelä, who is also a member of the Wihuri Foundation Acquisitions Committee. According to Mäkelä, an art- work must "make itself felt" in order to be included in the collection, whereas Leena Peltola (1921-2008), a long-time employee of the Ateneum Art Museum and member of the Wihuri Acquisitions Committee for 40 years, once said that works acquired to the collection "make the heart tremble". Peltola wanted her successor, docent Liisa Lindgren, to trust her instincts first and her reason second when making purchases. This is also a good guide for visitors: fo- cus on individual works and let them open up to you.

The Seventh Wave exhibition is produced by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the ex- hibition architecture is by Hannele Grönlund, and the exhibition secretary is Pirkko Tuukkanen. The exhibition was on show in autumn 2012 in Kunsthalle Helsinki, and after the Lönnström Art Museum it will travel to the South Karelia Art Museum in Lappeenranta for summer 2013.

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation supports the arts primarily through purchases of art- works. It thereby actively augments its collection, which has been donated to the Rovaniemi Art Museum. Currently the collection contains about 3,000 work of art. The foundation´s re- sources for acquisitions have increased, particularly from the late 1980s onwards, making the foundation one of the most important buyers of Finnish art. Its acquisition experts are Jukka Mäkelä and Liisa Lindgren. The foundation also awards three-month grants for artists to work in Rovaniemi, and in Helsinki it owns a studio which is available upon application to artists for extended work periods.