Markus Konttinen

Ars Fennica candidate 2010

Markus Konttinen paints the surface of contact between the visible and the invisible. Traces of that contact are recorded on the canvas: brushstrokes, runs and reminders of paint, nodes of colour. The painting is not isolated from the world, but is a condensation of what it feels like to be in the world, as an experiencing subject. Not everything can be explained, the painting cannot be cropped to make it a picture on which we can focus our gaze and which we can control. It is like the surface of water that something has passed through, or a photograph in which something transitory and unidentified has been captured.

Riikka Stewen

EDUCATION
1982-86
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
1981-84
Free Art School

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
Cable Gallery, Helsinki
2009
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
2007
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
Art Salon Husa, Tampere, Finland
2004
Forum Box, Helsinki
2003
Gallery ORTON, Helsinki
Art Salon Husa, Tampere, Finland
2002
Galerie Forsblom Studio, Helsinki
2001
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
1999
Galerie Artek, Helsinki
1997
Galerie Artek, Helsinki
1995
Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland
1994
Galerie Artek, Helsinki
1993
Heinävesi community house, Heinävesi, Finland
1992
Galerie Artek, Helsinki
1991
Young Artist of the Year, Tampere Museum of Art, Finland
1989
Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki
1988
tm•gallery, Helsinki
1987
tm•gallery, Helsinki
1986
Gallery Pro Con, Amsterdam
Gallery Strindberg, Helsinki

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009
Forum Box, 10th anniversary exhibition, Helsinki
2007
Jazz, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Sininen neliö, Visavuori Museum, Finland
2006
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
2005
Nordische Landschaft, Gemeinschaftshaus der Nordischen Botschaften, Berlin
Painted Into Air, medialab, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Purnu, Orivesi, Finland
2004
Artists’ Association of Finland, 140th anniversary exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Nordische Landschaft, Industriepark Walsrode, Bomlitz, Germany
2003
Gates to Mysticism, Tampere Art Museum, Finland
Mältinranta Art Centre, 20th anniversary exhibition, Tampere, Finland
Old and New Art, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
Art Salon Husa, Tampere, Finland
2002
Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2001
Third Triennial of Finnish Art, Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
Hockey Flowers, Collections of Rovaniemi Art Museum, Kunsthalle Helsinki
The Joy of Painting, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
Samples, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
The City Awakes, 650th anniversary exhibition of the City of Vantaa, Myyrmäki House, Vantaa, Finland
Studio x, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Under the christmas tree, Forum Box, Helsinki
1999
Opening exhibition, Forum Box, Helsinki
1998
Academy of Fine Arts, 150th anniversary exhibition, Helsinki
1997Site Seeing, Academic Bookstore and other sites in Helsinki
Pyhäniemi, Hollola, Finland
Himmelblau, Retretti, Savonlinna, Finland
Flower Paintings, Galerie Artek, Helsinki
1996
Ostseebiennale, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
1995
Downwind 2, Hanko, Finland
1992
Pyhäniemi, Hollola, Finland
Finnish Painters’ Union, Gallery Asbaek, Copenhagen
Finnish Painters’ Union, Kunsthalle Lund, Sweden
1991
Baltic Triennial, Vilnius
Keuruu Art Museum, Finland
Tricks, Heinävesi, Finland
1990
Water, Kunsthalle Helsinki and touring exhibition in Finland
Rendez Vous, Nordic Art Center, Helsinki
Charcoal on the Wall, Kunsthalle Helsinki
1989
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
Finnish Painters’ Union, 60th anniversary exhibition, Pori Art Museum, Finland
Weekdays and Sundays, Lahti Art Museum, Finland
Villa Roma Studios, Turku, Finland
1988
Gallery Strindberg, 60th anniversary exhibition, Helsinki
Five Artists from Helsinki, Artists’ Association in Helsinki, Warsaw
Five Artists from Helsinki, Artists’ Association in Helsinki, Prague
New Finnish Art in Czechoslovakia, Artists’ Association of Finland, Prague and Bratislava
Ostseebiennale, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
1987
Expohja, Fiskars, Finland
What Can You See, touring exhibition in Finland, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Kuopio Art Museum, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku
Utblickar, Smålandsmuseet, Växsjö, Sweden
1985
Young Nordic Culture Festival, Stockholm
tm•gallery, Helsinki
1985-88,-90,-95
Annual exhibitions of the Artists’ Association of Finland, Kunsthalle Helsinki
1983-85, -89
Young Artists’ Exhibitions, Kunsthalle Helsinki
1982
Free Art School Today, Pori Art Museum, Finland

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS
In Finland
Aine Art Museum, Tornio
Collections of Alko, Helsinki
City of Espoo
Municipality of Heinävesi
The Parish Union of Helsinki
Helsinki City Art Museum
Kajaani Art Museum
Kerava Art Museum
City of Keuruu
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Oulu Art Museum
Paulo Foundation, Helsinki
Pekka Halonen Collection, Helsinki
Raimo Heino Collection, Helsinki
Risto Vilhunen Collections, Vantaa
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Saastamoinen Foundation
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
State of Finland
Tampere Art Museum
City of Vantaa
Wihuri Foundations, Rovaniemi Art Museum
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku

Abroad
Landstinget Örebro, Sweden
Landstinget Jönköping, Sweden
Pehr Gyllenhammar Collection, Sweden
Municipality of Uppsala, Sweden
Västernorrlands läns landsting, Sweden

PUBLIC WORKS
2002
Paintings Ruusu ja ruusut and Neilikka liljan edessä, Oulu City Hospital, Finland
1995
Sculpture Kivinen Kotimatka, Kerava Art Museum, Finland

ILLUSTRATIONS
2006
Drawings, Oi, terve tarhurineito. Aino Sibeliuksen puutarha. The garden of Aino Sibelius,
Julia Donner. Multikustannus Oy, Helsinki

CURATORIAL WORK
2001
Group exhibition Paul Osipow, Reijo Viljanen, Iiris Pessa, Forum Box, Helsinki
1999-
Academy of Fine Arts, final exhibitions, head of the exhibition council, Finland

OTHER ACTIVITIES
2002
Member of the Board, Paris City of Artists
Grants Board, the Art Society of Finland
1998-2001
National Council for Visual Arts
1995-1998
Exhibition Committee, Artists’ Association of Finland
1995-1998
Exhibition Committee, Finnish Painters’ Union
Founding member, Artists’ Co-operative Forum Box
Organizational team, Artists’ Co-operative Forum Box
1997
Chairman of the jury, The Young Artists’ Exhibition, WeeGee House, Espoo, Finland
1986
Member of the jury, The Young Artists’ Exhibition, Kunsthalle Helsinki

TEACHING POSTS, UNIVERSITY
2010-
Academy of Fine Arts, Rector
1997-2009
Academy of Fine Arts, deputy rector
2005-2010
Academy of Fine Arts, lecturer in drawing and perception
1995-2005
Academy of Fine Arts, lecturer in painting and drawing
1986-1987
Art course, House of Culture
1984
Nokia Art Festival
1983
Nokia Art Festival

AWARDS
1991
Young Artists of the Year, Tampere Art Museum
1984
Award of the Young Artists’ Exhibition, Kunsthalle Helsinki

MEMBERSHIPS
Artists’ Association of Helsinki
Forum Box Co-operative, Helsinki
Finnish Painters’ Union
Hollo institute
Association of the Art Pedagogy

PUBLICATIONS, selection
2007
Summer light – wanderings and stoppings, Helsinki
2004
Touching and Immersing, Helsinki
1999
Years 1986 – 1999, Helsinki

HOMEPAGE
www.markuskonttinen.net