press release

”I’ve never thought of painting as a profession, but rather as a way of life and spiritual exercise that has to be continued. I also regard it to be a sentence. Painting is lonely and no doubt becomes lonelier all the time. Perhaps its meaning will become clearer through this. I have also noticed that faith and confidence in painting do not require an understanding of what one is doing and that it is more important for painting to believe in it than to understand it.” (Henry Wuorila-Stenberg)

Jointly organized by the Gallen-Kallela Museum and the Rauma Art Museum, Wound is an exhibition based on a concept by the painter Henry Wuorila-Stenberg. Wound assembles a group of expressivist and figurative Finnish painters from Akseli Gallen-Kallela through the generation of the 1930s and 1940s to contemporary artists, all taking as their starting points a personal approach and the portrayal of strong emotions, moods and physicality. The wounds of body and soul are the underlying force of their work, emerging in portraits and landscape themes. The perspective of this exhibition underlines subjectivity and in the background there is a belief in the inner necessity of creating art.

Wound features paintings of anguish, solitude and compassion; of the reality of the artist’s own vision and understanding arising from experience and expanding into a broader interpretation of the human condition. Important aspects of these works are also painting as a technique and its problematization – the study of the properties of material, means of expression and opportunities.

The artists of the exhibition Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Jukka Korkeila, Mauri Kuitula, Vilho Lampi, Mauno Markkula, Olavi Martikainen, Åke Mattas, Elina Merenmies, Paavo Paunu, Tarmo Paunu, Janne Räisänen, Jyrki Riekki, Tyko Sallinen, Mari Sunna and Henry Wuorila-Stenberg.

The exhibition catalogue is based on interviews with the artists. Wound will be on show at the Rauma Art Museum from 16 June until 9 September 2007.

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Wound

mit Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Jukka Korkeila, Mauri Kuitula, Vilho Lampi, Mauno Markkula, Olavi Martikainen, Ake Mattas, Elina Merenmies, Paavo Paunu, Tarmo Paunu, Janne Räisänen, Jyrki Riekki, Tyko Sallinen, Mari Sunna, Henry Wuorila-Stenberg