Jussi Kivi

Ars Fennica 2009

“What most interests me is the landscape,” says the artist Jussi Kivi. He also makes hiking trips to experience it. It need not be untouched, national-romantic nature; it can be the borderlands between culture and nature – even a rubbish dump.

Kivi makes notes on his expeditions: he writes, draws and makes maps, photographs and videos. Some of these become artworks, for example, large photographic prints. Kivi himself compares them to old genre paintings. Although he seeks the aesthetic, they still have an awareness of contemporary art: a distance, irony, and politicality, which are also evident in Kivi’s bookKaunotaiteellinen eräretkeilyopas (trekking guide for art lovers, 2004).

Otso Kantokorpi

Born 1959, Helsinki

EDUCATION

1978-82
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
1976-78
The University of Art and Design, Helsinki

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006
Galerie Artina, Helsinki
UKS, Oslo
2001
Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg
2000
Gallery Kari Kenetti, Helsinki
1997
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki,
1995
The Forest Museum of Finland, Punkaharju
1994
Pori Art Museum
1991
Galleri Adelgatan 5, Malmö, Sweden
1987
Galerie Nemo, Kiel, Germany
1981
Vanhan Galleria, Helsinki

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009
Beyond the Picturesque, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
2008
Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
Kantri & Urbaani (Country & Urban), Lappeenranta
Friction and Conflict, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden
2007
Aiheita – Finnish contemporary photography, Fiskars
The National Landscape, Maa-space, Helsinki
2006
Vain yksi vuorenhuippu, Järvenpää Art Museum
Landscape, The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
SUPERNATURALISM 2, Momentum 2006, Moss, Norway
2005
Romantic Geographic Society Photo archives, Häme-Galleria, Lahti
Romantic Geographic Society: SUPERNATURALISMI, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
Overtures am Wasser, Alpines Museum, Munich, Germany
2003-2004
Feldforschung, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg Kartierung, Kunstverein in Hamburg
2003
Romantic Geographig Society, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki
KUNST_Sachsen-Anhalt 2, Landscape(s), Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg Halle, Germany
2002
Juuret (Roots)
Kunsthalle Helsinki
Tallinn Kunstihoone
2001
Erde , Kunst und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
2000
Norden – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Nordeuropa, Kunsthalle, Wien
1999
Finnish Line: Starting point, Jeunes artistes finlandais, Musee d´art moderne et
contemporain, Strasbourg, France,
Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit, Finnische Kunst 90er Jahre, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
1997-98
Cartographers,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
Umetnostja Galerija, Maribor, Slovenia
Mücsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
Unbekanntes Abenteuers
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Stadtgalerie, Kiel
Kunsthalle, Rostock, Germany
The Camp of Outlaws, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
1996-97
Strangers in the Arctic,
Rundetaarn, Copenhagen,
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1995
Air, Water, Earth, touring exhibition, Japan
Europa Creation – Re Creation, Mücsarnok, Budapest
1994
Drift-Art in Landscape, Lista, Norway
1993
Equi-Librium, Riga
1992
The Cultural Landscape, Palazzo Esposizioni, Rome
The Nuuksio Project, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
1991
Sinirand, Tallinn Kunstihoone
1990-1991
European Workshop Ruhrgebiet I-II, Recklinghausen Kunsthalle, Germany
1988
Made in Camera, Galleri Sten Erikson, Stockholm
1987,1988
Eighty-European painters today, touring exhibition:
Paris, Strassbourg, Berlin, Madrid, Lissabon, Stockholm, etc.
1987
U-Media, Umeå, Sweden
Saõ Paulo Biennial, Brazil
1986
Hearing, Kunsthalle Helsinki
1983
Project Vadehav, Ribe, Danmark

REPRESENTED

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Helsinki City Art Museum
Pori Art Museum
Wihuri Collection
Saastamoinen Collection
Vexi Salmi Collection
Collection Swanljung
OKO
Malmö Art Museum, Sweden

OTHER ACTIVITIES

1990-
Finnish academy of Fine Arts
Art School Maa, Helsinki
1980-
Freelance writer for several publications e.g. Taide magazine

BOOKS

Jussi Kivi: Kaunotaiteellinen eräretkeilyopas, Kuvataideakatemia/Kustannus Oy Taide, Helsinki 2004

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2002
Der Shatten des grossen Vogels, Erde, Schriftenreihe forum/Band 11, Elements des Natushaushalts III, Wienand, Bonn
2001
The Wild North, We are All Normal, (and we want our freedom), Öjeblikket, Black Dog Publishing Ltd, London
2000
Der Wilde Norden, Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Nordeuropa, Kunsthalle Wien
1997
Terrain Studies, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Vicente Todolí’s statement:

Ars Fennica 2009 Award goes to Jussi Kivi. For the construction of a memory landscape where it is impossible (or irrelevant) to distinguish between reality and fiction, in a construct that resorts to different media in order to create a cosmology that is personal, local and universal.