The Gallen-Kallela Museum’s series of exhibitions of contemporary art continues with a showing of work by Antti Tanttu (born 1963). Tanttu is an accomplished printmaker, combining the techniques of woodcut prints with mixed media. The artist’s way of working with its respect for craftsmanship and the special features of materials presents an enjoyable slow counterweight to the mouse clicks of today.
Tanttu’s themes relate to the issues and emotional states of being human. His works concentrate on semi-figurative and partly shadow-like human figures. Figures located in an undefined landscape often achieve the scale of the viewer. The artist himself admits that his main theme is solitude in both its positive and melancholy aspects.
Along with Tanttu’s works of graphic art, the exhibition features watercolours and video works, the most recent one of which is from this year. A juxtaposition between the work of Tanttu and Akseli Gallen-Kallela is presented by art graphics in particular. Gallen-Kallela was one of Finland’s first printmakers, and he, too, was an inquisitive experimenter and portrayer of sombre moods.
In connection with the exhibition the Gallen-Kallela Museum will publish the catalogue Kuvan paino – Antti Tanttu Tarvaspään vieraana (in Finnish), lavishly illustrated with photographs of Tanttu’s work from the years 2010 – 2014 and of selected prints by Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
Antti Tanttu will talk about his exhibition at 1 p.m. on Sunday 14 September, Sunday 12 October amd 1 February 2015. Access with the museum ticket.