Being hear – I love that, except for that it’s not my invention. It’s the title of a documentary by Matthew Mikkelsen and Palmer Morse about sound ecologist Gordon Hempton. Wait, sound ecologist? Yes, that’s right Hempton explores and records the ambient sounds – and the silence of – nature.
Currently two of the most prominent modern architects have large exhibitions. MoMA has a show on occasion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday. At the same time, the National Gallery of Finland, Atheneum is showing Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form.
Although there are 30 years age difference between these two architects, they have much in common.
Yesterday a new webshop for Finnish art called “Taiko” opened to the public. The idea was born when the founders visited an artist that had hundreds of unsold works on stock. Any effort to make it easier for both the artists and the general public to find each other is already a laudable effort. After all, Finland is a small market and space for exhibitions is highly sought after. But the site is also very professionally and nicely done, including a feature to upload a photo from your living room to test how the work looks at the wall…
In 2015 the small and courageous Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki held an exhibition about China’s Changing Landscape – Contemporary Ink. It showed how modern Chinese artists (yes, there is more to China than Ai Weiwei) reinterpret classical Chinese working methods and motifs. While the whole exhibition had a freshness and energy that made some Western artists look tired and repetitive, it was one single work there that took me by storm.