12.217.4 2017

Many. More. Most.

From the Museum Collection

“Painting needs no other subject matter than itself,” said the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky in the early 1900s. A work of art need not depict anything. Its colours and shapes can speak their own language, free from the need to portray anything recognisable.

The works selected for this exhibition based on the collection present a pictorial world that in various degrees lets go of the illusory requirement. Instead, they reveal the artists’ explorations of colours, lines, volumes and patterns. Repetition is the most important method. The same motif is recreated in endless variations within the same pictorial surface, or in whole series of works.

Participating artists: Eva Berge, Bård Breivik, Guðrún Einarsdóttír, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Gunilla Hansson, Torgeir Husevaag, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Bernd Koberling, Kaisu Koivisto, Ian McKeever, Ulla Rantanen, Anne Rolfsen, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Magdolna Szabó and Hannu Väisänen.