Main Hall 15 March – 12 May 2019
The 50th-anniversary exhibition of Hyvinkää-based artist Mika Karhu, DFA, entitled ‘Forgotten III’, features dark-hued portraits and installations in the museum’s Main Hall.
Karhu’s work often touches on themes that are challenging to view or experience. His topics centre on broad themes of our society: its problems, forgotten members, or painful traumas from the past. Instead of offering entertainment for the middle classes, Karhu wants to draw our attention to matters of social equality and justice through his work.
His art often depicts tragic events and forgotten human fates. Studies delving into history and addressing unacknowledged elements through artistic content is a method of bringing repressed and forgotten things to light.
Kaapo Gallery 15 March – 12 May 2019
The exhibition 'Fragile' has been compiled by Mika Karhu to present works by his colleagues. The exhibition presents paintings, sculpture, and drawings from 13 artists: Kaisaleena Halinen, Maija Helasvuo, Armas Hursti, Mikko Ijäs, Sampsa Indrén, Antero Kahila, Niina Räty, Ilkka Sariola, Anssi Taulu, Antti Tanttu, Kari Vehosalo, Jan Kenneth Weckman, and Henry Wuorila-Stenberg. A video from the work group Rukous ('Prayer') is also on display. Alongside Karhu, the other members of the group are Aino Peltomaa, Raimo Uunila, and Panu Varstala.
The works displayed in the Fragile exhibition present the vulnerability of our social life and life in general. Karhu reminds us of the bridges created via art and of connections in the world of social meanings. Art offers significant opportunities to have an influence. Artistic expression that touches the emotions is effective communication. It influences one's ideas, either directly or indirectly.
The permanent collection is closed to visitors between 25 February and 5 June 2019.