Kustaa Saksi's 'Hypnopompic' exhibition will find a new home at Madrid's beautiful CentroCentro Palacio de Cibeles during the ARCO contemporary art programme.
6th Feb - 31st Mar 2014
The #FocusFinland collateral programme is the largest ever to accompany ARCO Madrid. Finland is the focus country at the international ARCOmadrid art fair to take place in Spain in February. The Finnish selection at the fair comprises 13 galleries and over 20 artists. Arts from Finland will be seen also before and after the fair: exhibitions, discussions, screenings and residencies will be organised in February and during the spring in various venues around Madrid. #FocusFinland is the largest ever collateral programme to accompany ARCO Madrid.
The #FocusFinland collateral programme presents over 20 artists in over 15 events. The versatile spring season kicks off with Abendland – Tierras Crepusculares, an extensive exhibition of works by the artist duo IC-98. CentroCentro, located in the heart of Madrid, will show a new installation, Touching the Sky, by Kaarina Kaikkonen as well as Hypnopompic, featuring textile works by Kustaa Saksi. Famous for its international residencies, Matadero will welcome four Finnish artists to work in the arts complex: Essi Kausalainen, Mikko Kuorinki, Jaakko Pallasvuo and Nestori Syrjälä. The residency will be followed by an exhibition that opens in February. Otto Karvonen, known for his insightful installations, will make an intervention at the CA2M arts centre near Madrid.
There will be a considerable amount of Finnish film and video in the #FocusFinland collateral programme. The Reina Sofia Museum will host a masterclass by Aki Kaurismäki on 21 February. On every Wednesday in February the popular La Casa Encendida will screen films by Erkki Kurenniemi, the Finnish pioneer in electronic music, as well as Mika Taanila’s documentary on Kurenniemi. The Finnish Institute in Madrid will show Adel Abidin’s Bread of Life, a work from collections of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Filmoteca Española will show films by Peter von Bagh, whilst Hannu Karjalainen’s video works can be seen on the outdoor screens of the Callao Square during the ARCO week.
In addition, shows or works by the following artists will be part of the #FocusFinland collateral programme: Sara Bjarland, Erika Erre, Wilma Hurskainen, Jonna Kina, Bita Razavi, Jan Soppela and the Mustarinda collective.
#FocusFinland is a joint effort of various organisations. The programme is coordinated by Frame Visual Art Finland. The programme at the fair is a collaboration between Frame and the Finnish galleries in the ARCOmadrid programme. The Kiasma Lounge is hosted by Frame and Kiasma. The collateral programme is organised by Frame, the Finnish Institute in Madrid and the venues in Madrid.