Fragments of Finnishness – Finland 100
Sun 7.1.2018 Time 23:59
Poikilo Museums, Varuskuntakatu 11, 45100 Kouvola
Fragments of Finnishness – Finland 100 is the Poikilo museums’ first centenary exhibition. In the exhibition, the phenomenon of Finnish identity, familiar to many, presents itself in a new light.
Many of the works on view have rarely been displayed, such as Joseph Alasen (1885-1920)’s "The Conquest of Häme" or the "Pig Messiah", for which its creator Harro Koskinen was charged with blasphemy in 1974. Familiar and little-known board games, entertainment industry figures, war, work, faith, history, art and other cultural elements blend together to create a new image of Finnishness.
A community commission is also on display. Pekka Jylhä's work “This anger. Like a marsh pond: black, cold, deep and murky” was collected from glass containers donated and loaned by Kouvola residents. The work takes its name from Väinö Linna’s trilogy, “Under the North Star” (1959-1962). The glass containers symbolize the victims of the victims of the civil war who lost their lives in 1918, both reds and whites.
The work also includes a previous one, “My Candle Burned at Both Ends”, which is on loan from Rovaniemi Art Museum.
Pekka Jylhä (born 1955 in Toholampi) is a Pro Finlandia award-winning sculptor and Artist Professor. His works leave room for the viewer’s own insights and interpretation.
The curator of the exhibition is Derek Fewster, doctor of philosophy and lecturer at the University of Helsinki. He has researched the myths and nationalism which shape Finnish identity.
Thus 14.9.2017 - 7.1.2018