Juhani Järvinen, Juha Järvinen, Matti Pietari Järvinen
Father Juhani and sons Juha and Matti Pietari meet at Kolmen Järvinen's exhibition. The members of the artist family, who work with different techniques, are united by an interest in art and cultural history. The exhibition features Juhani Järvinen's drawings, sculptures and pigment prints, Matti Pietari Järvinen's paintings and Juha Järvinen's witch drums.
The exhibition is open 18.11.-9.12.2022 at the Imatra Art Museum, Mon-Fri 9-18, 19.11. 10-15, 5.12. 9-16, 6.12. closed
Photo: Juhani järinen, Nocturne 2, 2014, chemical metal, silver leaf, patina
Juho Mäkelä, Niskakoski salmon dam, 1938, watercolor, Sihtola Imatra collection
The Imatra region was already described in the 1800th century with paintings and drawings made by e.g. Severin Falkman, Albert Edelfelt and Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
In the 1900th century, Imatra was painted by several leading artists who came as guests of Master of Science in Engineering Jalo Sihtola (1882-1969) at Harakanhovi in Tainionkoski. This group included e.g. Mikko Oinonen, Väinö Kamppuri, Uuno Alanko, Otto Mäkilä, Juho Mäkelä, Aimo Kanerva and Tuomas von Boehm.
Jalo Sihtola's contribution to Imatra's art life was decisive. He can be considered the founder of both the Imatra Art Association and the Imatra Art Museum. The art museum was opened in 1951 in the exhibition space built on the top floor of the folk school in Vuoksenniska.
Today, the art museum is located in Mansikkala Kulttuuritalo Virra in the Imatra cultural center designed by architect Arto Sipinen, which was completed in 1986.
The art museum's collection consists of works owned by the city of Imatra and the Imatra art association, which total more than 1400 works. The focus of the collection is on domestic art of the 1900th century.
Sihtola's Imatra collection is nationally significant. It contains 1900th century modernist art from Finland, Sweden, France and Italy, a total of almost 400 works of art. Sihtola's Imatra collection includes works that once belonged to Jalo Sihtola.
The works have been donated and sold by Jalo Sihtola, as well as donations from the Ester and Jalo Sihtola Art Foundation and private individuals.
The art museum's collection includes works by e.g. From Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg and from the following early 1900th century authors: Magnus Enckell, Verner Thomé, AW Finch, Yrjö Ollila, Mikko Oinonen, Tyko Sallinen, Juho Mäkelä, Eero Nelimarkka, Väinö Kamppuri, Uuno Alanko and Wäinö Aaltonen.
The 1950s, known as the decade of modernism, is represented by a very comprehensive group of works by Tuomas von Boehm. Also included are e.g. Otto Mäkilä, Ole Kandelin, Tapani Raittila, Helge Dahlman, Anitra Lucander, Ina Colliander, Aimo Kanerva, Per Stenius, Olli Miettinen, Unto Pusa, Unto Koistinen and Sam Vanni.
The museum's exhibition and art education activities focus on Finnish art of the 1900th century, especially southeast Finnish art. Exhibitions of collection works and about ten changing exhibitions and presentation series on visual arts and architecture are organized annually.
Veikko Nuutinen, Waltz, 1980, 2020, aluminium
- 29.7.-19.8. Ilkka Palosaari. Known for large works with a strong emotional charge. Uses e.g. fabric, wood and recycled materials. Is from Tornio, Meri-Lap.
- 26.8.-16.9. Jouni Viljakainen, Sanfrid Hasselqvist, Ville Huhtanen, Jussi Nykänen and Juuso Partanen. In the future, e.g. moving objects, videos and audio works. The group is united by an experimental and sometimes childish way of working. All have connections to Imatra.
- 23.9.-14.10. Jouko Lempinen and Juha Okko. Both are known for large paintings, the subjects of which are often people. Studied e.g. At the Academy of Fine Arts at the end of the 1980s. Jouko Lempinen has lived in Lappeenranta for a long time, now in Kuopio. Juha Okko is from Helsinki.
- 21.10.-11.11. Dimensions, Arja Martikainen. Arja Martikainen's exhibition is interdisciplinary, opening a dialogue with sounds, poetic texts and ceramic sculptures. In addition to ceramics, there are poems by Antonio Altarriba and a sound work by Ville Tolvanen. Martikainen lives and works in Lappeenranta.
- 18.11.-9.12. Transition 3 x Järvinen, Juhani Järvinen, Juha Järvinen, Matti Järvinen. Juhani Järvinen's share is partially retroactive. On display are e.g. rarely seen early drawings and paintings. Juhani Järvinen's sons are also involved. Juha is known as a maker of drums and Matti as a painter. Juhani Järvinen worked for a long time as the rector of the visual arts department of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.
- 16.12.2022-20.1.2023 Looking for an abstract, Mauri Keinänen. Mauri Keinänen is a photographer who is interested in experimental art and new kinds of presentation. His topics include e.g. landscapes, natural pollution, war traumas and Byzantine churches and mosaics. Keinänen is also a theologian. He lives and works in Hamina.
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