In Discussion: Aki Turunen & Anna-Kaari Hakkarainen
17.03.2022 17:30 - 17.03.2022 18:30

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Welcome to join artist Aki Turunen and author Anna-Kaari Hakkarainen for a conversation around the themes of Turunen’s exhibition The Dragon Tamer, and the artist's working processes.

We ask you to kindly use a face mask and postpone your visit if you are feeling ill.

The duration of the event is 1 hour, of which 45 minutes are scheduled for the discussion between Turunen and Hakkarainen, and 15 minutes for questions and comments.

You may also follow the conversation, held in Finnish, live from our Facebook page.


Aki Turunen made his debut in a Helsinki Contemporary joint exhibition in October 2020. Now it is time for his first solo show, The Dragon Tamer
The initial impulse for the exhibition came on ground very dear to the artist, Italy, on a visit to Siena Cathedral’s Piccolomini Library. What particularly stayed in mind were an early music manuscript hand-written on parchment and the hand-painted floor tiles. Turunen is a profoundly material-conscious artist. His painting process starts from curiosity and from a need that wells up from within. 

The Dragon Tamer exhibition is based on the pictorial tradition of medieval manuscripts and draws from the image world of Byzantium. Eight tempera paintings on wood form the backbone of the exhibition. Many of the works are like stills from a fairytale. Turunen’s works raise the issue of the power relation between human and animal – did humans tame this reptilian creature or was it vice versa.

Find out more about Aki Turunen’s exhibition The Dragon Tamer >>