IKITOMU Summer of Art 2019: Enchanting Purnu
IKITOMU.com visited The Art Center Purnu
Featuring works from at least the following artists:
0'14" Aimo Tukiainen 0'17" Sami van Ingen 0'22" Veikko Björk 0'39" Aimo Tukiainen 0'41" Berit Talpsepp-Jaanisoo 0'50" Kristiina Uusitalo 0'56" Maippi Ketola 1'09" Kalle Lampela 1'19" Timo Heino 1'34" Berit Talpsepp-Jaanisoo 1'42" Ola Kolehmainen 1'46" Berit Talpsepp-Jaanisoo 1'55" Emma Rönnholm & Salla Vapaavuori 2'08" Aimo Tukiainen 2'10" Paavo Halonen 2'18" Kati Immonen 2'22" Paavo Halonen 2'26" Aimo Tukiainen 2'28" Paavo Halonen
We had heard in advance about Purnu's summer show this year, so our expectations were really high. And we were not disappointed.
Purnu is a peculiar - or perhaps it's just very Finnish - art event in the sense that it requires effort to get there. Unless you're trendy and arrive with a train-bike combination or take the traditional way and use a car, you need to familiarize yourself with nearby geography and interpret cryptic local traffic schedules. No wonder, though: sculptor Aimo Tukiainen once acquired the plot for a summer studio, and that is not a place you want someone to drop in by accident - let alone allow the artist en easy escape of the creative pain.
As a hideaway and a secret summer paradise, Purnu is first class. Here, it is easy to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and focus on art for a moment.
Tukiainen himself organized the first exhibitions with his friends. Later, they were maintained by a foundation bearing his name, and now for the past couple of years, it has been Eerika Malkki and Jari Granholm who have organized and curated the exhibition.
Purnu is clearly in good hands. This summer's exhibition is excellent. Due to its relatively close location, a comparison with Mänttä, which we consider to be of high quality, cannot be avoided. Both have strong points. While the Mänttä theme was quite literally present throughout the exhibition, the Purnu theme, "Enchantment", is clearly more cursor-like. However, that does not mean that there is anything loose or vague about the exhibition. Quite the contrary.
The entirety of Purnu is intact. Compared to Mänttä, there are only a handful of artists, and while techniques and styles range from a living herb garden to films, the whole thing stays together. The atmosphere is downright intense. This is how successful curation works. The theme does not have to be kept in mind and the works do not need to be treated in any particular way, but the setting creates a sort of balanced and nourished feeling. The works seem to communicate with each other and also to be meaningful in relation to their surroundings and even to Tukiainen's works and workspaces. Enchantment, indeed.
If it still fits in your summer schedule , Purnu is definitely worth a visit. A dense and heavy exhibition needs space around it, so try not to book the day full of exhibitions. Instead, stay in the picturesque courtyard of Purnu to digest your experience.