Jaakko Niemelä

Ars Fennica candidate 2010

From a multisensory world

In looking at works by Jaakko Niemelä, who originally trained as a graphic artist, the increasingly diverse nature of sculpture in contemporary art becomes axiomatic They can be scale models, light, spaces, or all of these at once. In everyday terms, Niemelä perhaps offers viewers situations rather than specifically pictures, since they can step inside his works or hang around in their company. A central feature of his art is its breadth, it is like spending time with life itself.

Juha-Heikki Tihinen

Born 1959

EDUCATION
1982-85
Art Institute of Kankaanpää
2008
Artist in Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
2008-09
Architecture of Light, School of Art and Design, Helsinki

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
Grid – Models of Unexpected, Aarhus Art Building, Denmark
2007-09
Twisted, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
2006
GENESIS – UNFINISHED, Candyland; Hammarby ArtPort, Stockholm,
together with Helena Hietanen
2005
Stagings of Sorrow, Forum Box, Helsinki
Gallery WHITE BOX; THE ANNEX, New York, USA
2004
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2002
Black Box, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
1999
Galleri 21, Malmö, Sweden
Little-Big-Man, Myyrmäki House, Vantaa, Finland
1998
Galerie Artek, Helsinki
Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden
1997
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Galleria Täysikuu, Rovaniemi, Finland
1996
Pori art museum, Finland
1994
Galleri Krister Fahl, Stockholm
1992
Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
1991
Rauma Art Museum, Finland
1989
Artists’ Association MUU, Helsinki
1988
JT-gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland
1987
Gallery Strindberg, Helsinki
1986
Turun Taiteilijaseuran galleria, Turku, Finland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009
Art Moscow, Central House of Artists, Moscow
Turku Biennial, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finland
Ei saa peittää, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Sweden
The Site of Painting, Pori art museum, Finland
Harharetki – Stray Trek, Rauma Art Museum, Finland; Felleshuset Berlin, together with
Helena Hietanen
2008
Nieve y Sol, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, MAC, Santiago de Chile
On the Edge, Tungenes fyr, Stavanger European Cultural Capital 2008, Norway
2007
Artists’ Workshops, Jugendsali, Helsinki
Laatikko, Galleria Alkovi, Helsinki
Vintti pimeenä/Vetoomus, Hoviart, Anttola, Finland, together with Helena Hietanen
2006
Galerie Omotesando, Tokyo, together with Helena Hietanen
Fokus Finland, Kultur Byro Barcelona, Spain
Saastamoinen Foundation’s collection, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland
Breaking the Ice, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Reconnaissance, Gallery Interaccess, Toronto, Canada
Connecting People, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway
Eye to Eye, Hoviart, Anttola, Finland, together with Helena Hietanen
Light Treatment, Retretti, Finland, together with Helena Hietanen
2005
Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
Light Treatment, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland, together with Helena Hietanen
Undemanding Love, Rauma Art Museum, Finland
2004
GRIDLOCK, Govett – Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Vision and Mind, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Voids, Pads and Places, Kunsthalle Lophem, Belgium
2003
Beijing Biennial
KUVANVEISTOA, Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
IDEOLOGIA, Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
Den Gyldne, Charlottenburg, Copenhagen
Poetry of Water, Mikhailovsky Castle, St Petersburg, Russia
2002
The Hague Sculpture, Netherlands
Klosterstrasse; Berlin
2001
Interface, Third Triennial of Finnish Art, Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
Aurora, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Canada
Embassy of Finland, Washington DC
Nordisk Rörelse, Aarhus Art Building, Denmark
Luma-Luma, Salo Art Museum, Finland
2000
Transitions, The 90th anniversary of The Association of Finnish Sculptors, Malmö Art Museum,
Sweden; Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
Byn/Kylä, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
Umedalen Skulptur, Umeå, Sweden
Luma-Luma, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
1999
Northern Echoes, Czech Republic : The Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague; The West
Bohemian Gallery, Plzen; The Gallery of Fine Art – House of Art, Ostrava
1998
Ars Animalis, Rauma Art Museum, Finland
1997
Jäniksen jäljillä, Galleria Otso, Espoo, Finland
Smart Show goes to see, Galerie Anhava, Silja Symphony, Helsinki-Stockholm
Art Fair, Galerie Anhava, Stockholm
No Vacancies 2, Myyrmäki House, Vantaa, Finland
Reflections, Art and Technology, Narodny Technizke Muzeum, Prague
1996
Art Fair, Galerie Anhava, Stockholm
Comp i box, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
1995
No Vacancies, Amsterdam
Forces of Light, Helsinki
Kohti Valoa, Myyrmäki House, Vantaa, Finland
Downwind 2, Hanko, Finland
No Vacancies, Amsterdam
1994
Art by Air Freight, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ikkunakuvia, Tampere Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland
Lentämisen kauneus, Kuopio Art Museum, Finland
Points of view, Retretti, Finland
Unelmien koteja, Kerava Art Museum, Finland, together with Klaus Mattila
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
1993
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Acid, Helsinki City Art Museum
Sähköisen taiteen tapahtuma, Rauma Art Museum, Finland
1992
Artists’ Association in Helsinki, 25thanniversary exhibition, Esplanadi project, Helsinki
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
1991
Paperin kunnia, The Association of Finnish Printmakers, 60th anniversary exhibition, Helsinki
3×4 days, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Young Artists’ Exhibition, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Satumaa, Tallinn Art Hall, together with Antti Arkoma
1990
Artists’ Association in Helsinki, Kouvola Art Museum, Finland, together with Antti Arkoma
Annantalo, Helsinki, together with Antti Arkoma
Artsport, Kriittinen tila, Helsinki, together with Antti Arkoma
25th anniversary exhibition, Art Institute of Kankaanpää, Pori art museum, Finland
Childrens’ Art Festival, Cable Factory, Helsinki, together with Antti Arkoma
1989
Gallery Saskia, Tampere, Finland, together with Antti Arkoma
Artists’ Association of Finland, annual exhibition, Kouvola Art Museum, Finland
X-Dreams, Lepakko, Helsinki, together with Antti Arkoma
1987
Biennale Balticum, Rauma Art Museum, Finland
Young Artists’ Triennial, Vaasa, Finland
It’s about Time, Amsterdam

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
In Finland
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Wihuri Foundations, Rovaniemi Art Museum
Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku
City of Turku
Helsinki City Art Museum
City of Espoo
City of Vantaa
Rauma Art Museum
City of Rauma
Pori art museum
City of Pori
City of Jyväskylä
City of Tampere
Kuopio Art Museum
Kerava Art Museum

Abroad
City of Gävle, Sweden
State Art Council, Sweden
Sundsvall Art Museum, Sweden
City of Umeå, Sweden
Apotekets Konstförening, Sweden
Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
Art Gallery of Sudbury, Canada
Private Collections in Finland, Sweden and Germany
Tony Cragg’s Collection

PUBLIC WORKS
2011
Lörenskog Hus, Oslo
2008
Lightgame, Arabianranta, Helsinki
Gridlock, pedestrian area, Vaasa, Finland
SAMASAMA, Palttina village, Espoo, Finland
2005
Metsä, The Local Government Pensions Institution, Helsinki, together with Helena Hietanen
2004
Counting numbers, Kaakkuri school, Oulu, Finland
Let´s go, Linnainmaa school, Tampere, Finland
KIÄL, Rauma City Library, Finland
2002
DOWNTOWN – transparent city, Korso, Vantaa, Finland
Drop, Embassy of Finland, Canberra, Australia
Kylä, Salo, Finland
Daycare Kamomilla, Helsinki
Onion, Vaasa City Library, Finland
Air Rooms, Mitthögskolan, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
1999
My definition of A, Y.E.S. English Kindergarten, Vantaa, Finland
1996
Otherside, Tikkurila Railway Station, southern tunnel, Vantaa, Finland
1987
Mechanic clock, Pyynpää school, Rauma, Finland

PRIZES
2009
Helsinki City Culture Prize, together with Helena Hietanen
2007
Tapiola Bus Terminal, art competition, 2nd prize, together with Helena Hietanen
2006
Tikkurila central park and pedestrian street environment art competition, 2nd prize,

together with Helena Hietanen
2005
State Prize for Visual Arts
Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
2004
The Local Government Pensions Institution, new office building, Kaisaniemi, Helsinki,
1st prize, together with Helena Hietanen
1997
Werkstattpreiss der Kunststiftung Eric Hauser, Rotweil, Germany
1987
Biennale Balticum, Rauma, Finland
1985
Finnish-Polish graphic competition, Gdansk, Poland

HOMEPAGE
www.jaakkoniemela.com