Autumn 2019 at Helsinki Contemporary

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View from Eeva-Riitta Eerola's studio

Helsinki Contemporary's Autumn season consists of strong paintings and spatial experiences. Anticipated solo exhibitions from the gallery's representative artists Eeva-Riitta Eerola, Jukka Korkeila and Heli Rekula will be seen in the coming Autumn. In November and December, the gallery will be visited by the Swedish artist Astrid Sylwan, as well as Inga Meldere and Mikko Hintz, whose exhibition will be the artists' first appearance at the gallery.

Autumn exhibitions at Helsinki Contemporary:

Eeva-Riitta Eerola 9.8.-1.9.

Jukka Korkeila 6.9.-29.9.

Heli Rekula 4.10.-27.10.

Astrid Sylwan 1.11.-24.11.

Inga Meldere & Mikko Hintz 29.11.-22.12.


Eeva-Riitta Eerola's (b. 1980) exhibition The Shape of Things to Come consists of new paintings that study the experiences of perception and recognition, and now the motifs in her paintings take a step back towards the figurative. The serial approach familiar from Eerola’s previous work continues here, the themes being dealt with in increasingly diverse ways. In addition to the solo exhibition at the gallery, Eerola continues to collaborate with the video artist Jenni Toikka. Their site-specific exhibition at Maison Louis Carré in France will open in September.

Eeva-Riitta Eerola graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 and also studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. She has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions in Finland and abroad, e.g. at Turku Art Museum, Finland in 2017 together with the video artist Jenni Toikka, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, in 2015 and Gallery Jaus, Los Angeles, 2014. Latest solo show, Senses of the Other, was seen at Helsinki Contemporary in the spring of 2017. Eerola's work is represented in a number of Finnish public collections, such as those of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Saastamoinen Foundation, Sara Hildén Art Museum, and the Wihuri Foundation. Eerola worked in the internationally prestigious ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) residence program in New York in 2016.


"The world seems different when examined through a rainbow. What if we directed our gaze to the prism where light begins to shatter and, instead of the shattering, focused on the gathering of the light?" This and many more things will become clear as Jukka Korkeila's (b. 1968) exhibition Oneness of Purpose opens, and the works produced in Berlin and Oberhessen are brought on view to Helsinki Contemporary in September.

Jukka Korkeila is one of Finland’s foremost painters, who each year takes part in exhibitions abroad. He lives and works in Helsinki, Berlin and Oberhessen. Korkeila represented Finland at the São Paulo Art Biennial in 2004 and participated in the Prague Biennale in 2003 and 2007. In 2014, he participated in the Bienal del Fin del Mundo at Mar del Plata, Argentina. Korkeila has exhibited widely around Europe, and his works are represented in the main Nordic collections. In 2017, Korkeila took part in a wide-ranging retrospective exhibition at HAM Helsinki Art Museum and at the Serlachius Museums in Mänttä together with Elina Merenmies and Anna Retulainen. Korkeila was one of the artists invited to the exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc Tuymans on Baroque, curated by Luc Tuymans for M Hka, The Contemporary Art Museum of Antwerp in 2018. In the summer of 2019, Korkeila organised an international group exhibition in the Middle Hesse region in Germany together with Markus Karger.


Heli Rekula's anticipated solo show examines the relationship between space, image and memory through photographs and works based on photography. The origin of the works is in film material that Rekula photographed during her trip to Mexico thirty years ago, in the Fall of 1988. The artist's previous solo Linnuntietä was seen in EMMA in the Fall of 2017. Rekula's works have previously been seen in Helsinki Contemporary in the private exhibition Hemingwayn puutarhassa / In Hemingway’s Garden. A book by the same name, published in conjunction with the exhibition, was awarded the Finnish Art Society's Literature Award.

Heli Rekula is one of the key photo and video artists in Finland, and is known for both her staged and landscape photographs. Rekula has been active on the art scene since the early 1990s and this long career has brought her international acclaim. In 2002, she received the Ars Fennica Award and, in 2005, the Finnish State prize for photography. In 2012, Rekula was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award. She worked as Professor of Photography at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway 2009–2015. She currently works as a Senior University Lecturer at Aalto University.


One of Sweden’s most prominent contemporary painters, Astrid Sylwan, will show at Helsinki Contemporary in November 2019. Sylwan has exhibited widely in the Nordic region, and has been awarded numerous prestigious grants in her home country. Sylwan is known for her expressive paintings, where bold colours lead abstract forms. The artist uses the physical characteristics of the colours and layers, scratches, pours and dribbles the pigments on the canvas. The exhibition, consisting of Sylwan’s recent works, is titled Dagen fick en annan ton.

Astrid Sylwan graduated from Konstfack in 2005. Astrid Sylwan has quickly taken a position as one of Sweden's most prominent painters; she has been awarded several prestigious grants, exhibited throughout the Nordic region, and her work can today be found in the collections of eg. Moderna museet, Statens konstråds and Malmö konstmuseum. The Stockholm-based artist has also realized public artworks, for example at the Citybana train station in Stockholm.


Works by the Latvian Inga Meldere (b. 1979) and German-Finnish Mikko Hinz (b. 1974) will be seen for the first time at Helsinki Contemporary in December. The duo exhibition, consisting of new paintings, is constructed as a dialogue between two artists, their works and the gallery space. The first duo exhibition by the Helsinki-based artists was seen in 2011 in Riga and Tallinn, after which both artists have exhibited in private and group exhibitions in Finland and internationally.

Inga Meldere has studied at the University of Latvia and at the Art Academy of Latvia, and worked as a researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht between 2013 and 2014. She is currently attending a MA program in Painting at the University of the Arts in Helsinki. Meldere's works have been seen in private and group exhibitions in Finland and internationally, for example in New York, Chicago, Riga and London. Her works are included in such collections as Kiasma and the Latvian National Museum of Art's collection.

Mikko Hintz has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Since his graduation in 2003 Hintz has shown widely in Finland as well as the Baltic and Nordic countries. His works are included in numerous public collections, eg. Kiasma, HAM, Frieder Burda Collection in Baden Baden and the Finnish State Art Commission.