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Jun
3
Fri
30th anniversary exhibition Years that repeat their days
Jun 3 @ 14:00 – Oct 2 @ 16:00
30th anniversary exhibition Years that repeat their days

The year 2022 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Kirpilä Art Collection. To celebrate its triennial jubilee, the Kirpilä Art Collection will host a contemporary art exhibition titled Years that repeat their days (In Finnish: Vuodet, jotka toistavat päivänsä). The exhibition opened to the public on Friday 3 June 2022, and will receive visitors until Sunday 2 October 2022.

Comprising site-specific works of various mediums—some of which are disguised as everyday objects—the exhibition becomes inseparable from the domesticity of the museum space. The homelike environment of the Kirpilä Art Collection thus forms a foundation for questioning time as a linear entity. The exhibition aims to challenge strict delineations between past, present, and future. The linear development of a life path, from dependent childhood into independent reproductive adulthood, is also being questioned.

By taking the idea of queer time as its starting point, the exhibition seeks to centre pleasure while suggesting a pace of existence that is measured by pulsation rather than the ticking of a clock.

Juhani Kirpilä acquired the kind of artworks he wanted to live amongst. The collection contains various portraits and depictions of people that represent a wide spectrum of humanity. At the Kirpilä Art Collection, the dialogue between past and present is deeply tangible, and the anniversary exhibition further emphasises this,” says acting museum director Olli Vallinheimo.

In addition to the artworks exhibited at Kirpilä Art Collection for the duration of the exhibition, a video made for the anniversary exhibition by August Joensalo will be later published online. The exhibition also includes vinyl listening sessions by Freja Bäckman, and works choreographed by Emmi Venna.

The Kirpilä Art Collection is open to the public on Wednesdays from 2 pm to 6 pm and on Sundays from noon to 4 pm, and for group visits by special request.

Photo of the artists and the curator by Riitta Supperi

Sep
4
Sun
Listening session: MIDNIGHT COWBOY
Sep 4 @ 16:45 – 17:15
Listening session: MIDNIGHT COWBOY

We welcome you to the listening session of Freja Bäckman‘s vinyl record Midnight Cowboy (2022) as part of the exhibition Vuodet, jotka toistavat päivänsä – Years that repeat their days at the Kirpilä Art Collection.

The year 2022 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Kirpilä Art Collection. The exhibition Vuodet, jotka toistavat päivänsä – Years that repeat their days celebrates the triennial jubilee.

Freja’s work developed from the soundtrack of the film Midnight Cowboy (1969), which the artist found amongst Juhani (Jussi) Kirpilä and his partner Karl (Kalle) Rosenqvist‘s records. The premiere of the movie was one month before the Stonewall uprising, thus during an important period in the LGBTQ+ liberation movement. The film focuses on a person who adopts the aesthetics of a cowboy when moving to a big city to conquer their dreams. In the USA, the figure of the cowboy has conventionally been understood in relation to national identity and masculinity. However by the late 1960s perceptions were shifting, and the cowboy entity was becoming queered, particularly within white and masculine queer spheres. For the main character of the film, the cowboy costume carries a performative fragility as they try to pass as a heterosexual “stud”. Freja’s interest in working with the film came from the love that is clearly emerging between the two main characters. Yet, it seems as if the film presupposes resistance from the audience through presenting homophobic viewpoints throughout the narrative. Perhaps this was one strategy the director used to distract viewers from feeling certain about the true nature of the relationship. The narrative on the record Midnight Cowboy aims to complicate the notion of gender and queer relationships, and their collective memories.

The sound design of the record was made by Tari Doris.

Free entrance, no pre-enrollment.

Photo of Freja Bäckman’s work in the Drawing Room by Riitta Supperi

Sep
7
Wed
Listening session: MIDNIGHT COWBOY
Sep 7 @ 18:00 – 18:30
Listening session: MIDNIGHT COWBOY

We welcome you to the listening session of Freja Bäckman’s vinyl record Midnight Cowboy (2022) as part of the exhibition Vuodet, jotka toistavat päivänsä – Years that repeat their days at the Kirpilä Art Collection.

The year 2022 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Kirpilä Art Collection. The exhibition Vuodet, jotka toistavat päivänsä – Years that repeat their days celebrates the triennial jubilee.

Freja’s work developed from the soundtrack of the film Midnight Cowboy (1969), which the artist found amongst Juhani (Jussi) Kirpilä and his partner Karl (Kalle) Rosenqvist’s records. The premiere of the movie was one month before the Stonewall uprising, thus during an important period in the LGBTQ+ liberation movement. The film focuses on a person who adopts the aesthetics of a cowboy when moving to a big city to conquer their dreams. In the USA, the figure of the cowboy has conventionally been understood in relation to national identity and masculinity. However by the late 1960s perceptions were shifting, and the cowboy entity was becoming queered, particularly within white and masculine queer spheres. For the main character of the film, the cowboy costume carries a performative fragility as they try to pass as a heterosexual “stud”. Freja’s interest in working with the film came from the love that is clearly emerging between the two main characters. Yet, it seems as if the film presupposes resistance from the audience through presenting homophobic viewpoints throughout the narrative. Perhaps this was one strategy the director used to distract viewers from feeling certain about the true nature of the relationship. The narrative on the record Midnight Cowboy aims to complicate the notion of gender and queer relationships, and their collective memories.

The sound design of the record was made by Tari Doris.

Free entrance, no pre-enrollment.

Photo of Freja Bäckman’s work in the Drawing Room by Riitta Supperi

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