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Plate-forme Finlande – ArtParis + Guests 2010 – Grand Palais, Pariisi – 18.-22.3.2010

Finland Invited Guest at New Paris Art Fair ArtParis + Guests 2010

STRESSED BEAUTY
La beauté sous pression

“Finland is a country of extremes: vast expanses of silent snowfields, a throbbing high tech rhythm; endless nights flowing into days without end. These contrasts have molded almost everything into art. The new generation of artists challenges the classic concept of beauty to bring forth a new individual esthetic expression. New materials, digital renderings, the melding of form and function create a meeting point for art and design.”
– Leevi Haapala, curator

Finnish art galleries and top designers will make a first-ever joint appearance at the art fair which will open on 18 March in the Grand Palais. In addition to art galleries, the expo will also include platforms of six geographic and cultural regions. The purpose of the new ArtParis + Guests 2010 fair concept is to explore interconnections between cultures and creative disciplines by inviting guests to appear with art galleries. The guests range from notables of the art world to entire countries.

ArtParis + Guests 2010 will feature six geographic regions: Finland, Italy, Russia, Indonesia, Ukraine and Africa.

The theme of the 300m2 Finnish exhibition is “Stressed Beauty”. It will explore the eternal yet ever-changing concept of beauty through the work of 18 contemporary artists and 11 designers. The exhibits will include sculptures, paintings, videos, photographs and furniture as well as designer lamps, ceramics and glass.

The curator of the Finnish pavilion is Leevi Haapala from the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the design objects are selected by industrial designer Antti Siltavuori and the exhibition design is by interior architect Ben af Schultén. Pastil, the legendary chair by Eero Aarnio, will be presented in the Finnish exhibition in never-before-seen colours developed specifically for this event by the veteran designer.

THE FINNISH PLATFORM PRESENTS EIGHT ART GALLERIES:
Galerie Anhava, Galerie Forsblom, Galleria Heino, Galleria Huuto, Valokuvagalleria Hippolyte, Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, MUU galleria ja Galleria Sculptor.

ARTISTS:
Adel Abidin, HC Berg, Carolus Enckell, Saara Ekström, Anssi Kasitonni, Mikko Kuorinki, Liisa Lounila, Sami Lukkarinen, Pekka Niittyvirta, Pink Twins, Riikka Puronen, Harri Pälviranta, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Annika Rauhala, Kim Simonsson, Marianna Uutinen, Ea Vasko ja Marko Vuokola.

DESIGNERS:
Yrjö Kukkapuro, Mikko Paakkanen, Timo Salli, Kristina Riska, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Simo Heikkilä, Kari Virtanen, Eero Aarnio, Shigeru Ban, Harri Koskinen ja Ilkka Suppanen.

MORE INFORMATION:

Plate-forme Finlande
Susanna Luoto, susanna.luoto@kolumbus.fi, +358-40-588 76 37

MUU gallery
Timo Soppela, director@muu.fi, +358-45-136 0161

ArtParis + Guests 2010 www.artparis.fr

Galerie Anhava www.anhava.com
Galerie Forsblom www.galerieforsblom.com
Gallery Heino www.galleriaheino.com
Gallery Huuto www.galleriahuuto.net
Photographic Gallery Hippolyte www.hippolyte.fi
Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary www.kalhamapiippo.com
MUU gallery www.muu.fi
Gallery Sculptor www.sculptors.fi