RBB 2012 Human Nature

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RBB 2008 Flower Power

RBB 2006 Wake up!

RBB 2004 Talking to me?

RBB 2002 Basic Elements

Rauma Biennale Balticum - human nature

Rauma Biennale Balticum 2012 Human Nature - Ihmisluonto Rauma Art Museum 9 June-9 September 2012

Press conference on Friday 8th June at 1 pm. Opening on Friday 8th June at 6 pm. Welcome!

Exhibition catalogue in web: http://issuu.com/raumaartmuseum/docs/rbb2012

Press pictures: http://www.raumantaidemuseo.fi/media/rbb12.html / ask for ID: rtm@raumantaidemuseo.fi / 358-(0)2-8224346

Through contemporary art from the Baltic region, Rauma Biennale Balticum 2012 puts together an image of human nature. The exhibition is built around the theme of Human Nature and it focuses on the essence of human mind - on what is human nature and nature within a human. The exhibition presents an image of the human nature in its totality, with shades of both darkness and light. Artists: Aigars Bikse (LV), Anawana Haloba (ZM/NO/NL), Evaldas Jansas (LT), Raoul Kurvitz (EE), Ayumi Matsuzaka (JP/DE), Jarmo Mäkilä (FI), Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin (SE), Paavo Paunu (FI), Agnieszka Polska (PL), Mirka Raito (FI/DE), Pasi Rauhala (FI), Asbjørn Skou (DK), Theo Solnik (BR/DE/FR), Marina Vinnik (RU)

For the last few years Rauma Biennale Balticum has focused on the environment, like in 2010, when the theme was the Baltic Sea. This time, human beings are at the centre. The exhibition presents typical characteristics of the human species and the dimensions of individuality. In addition to looking at universal humanity, the exhibition peeks under the surface, into the mysteries of human mind. How does contemporary art reflect human behaviour as a species, and the forming of individual personalities, which is an utterly unique phenomenon in the animal kingdom? In the history of mankind, urban Western civilisation is at an early state, and our relationship with nature is still evident - and somewhat problematic. Our lives beat on with the rhythm of the cycle of life. However, in our modern surroundings we do not feel like we belong to nature completely. The patterns of thinking that have developed in the human mind thanks to civilisation, and the natural heritage we have gained after living in connection with nature for centuries, are intertwined. It makes us the human beings we are. Projects of communality and love, as well as the horrifying phenomena of the mind, are part of the human nature, and we live according to it.

The Human Nature exhibition provides an up-to-date image of how artists in the Baltic region have explored and reflected the known and hidden areas of human nature by using contemporary art. The way the artists work emphasizes the will to make an impact in society and take part in current discussion. Art often deals with the painful things in society and in the lives of individuals. It expresses an image of human beings, which we do not always want to see.

JOKAklubi takes place during the exhibition opening. A group of three artists, Niina Lehtonen-Braun, Mirka Raito and Tellervo Kalleinen combine performance arts, music, and visual elements in their shows. The group creates a here-and-now sense of communality in their performances, and local peculiarities are always welcome. In Rauma, they will present treasures from Rauma. Take Care project coincides with the exhibition as well. It is directed at teenagers and young adults from Rauma, and it includes workshops, meetings with artists, and lectures. The project is realised in cooperation with schools from Rauma and it will take place on late August and early September.

The Human Nature exhibition has been curated by director Janne Koski and curator Henna Paunu. The exhibition publication presents the artists and their works of art. Exhibition assistant Laura Kokkonen has been in charge of the graphics and design of the publication. Salla Laamanen has worked in making the pedagogical programme. Pekka Haavisto, a Member of Parliament, is the patron of the exhibition.

The tradition to organise Biennale exhibitions started in 1977, when the first Pohjanlahden Biennale took place, and artists from the coastal town of Finland and Sweden participated in the exhibition. In 1985, the biennial was extended to cover the whole Baltic region and it was named Rauma Biennale Balticum. The exhibition is a part of the Ars Baltica cultural network of the Baltic Sea region. The exhibition has been funded by the town of Rauma, Ministry of Education and Culture, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, and Arts Council of Satakunta. The exhibition and the artists have also been sponsored by Länsi-Suomen Osuuspankki, Hotel Vanha Rauma, Rauma Stevedoring, TVO, and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. The programme for children has been sponsored by The Aladdin's Lamp network and The Nordic Culture Fund. Rauma Art Museum would like to thank the artists, sponsors and partners, and everyone who has helped in creating this exhibition.

Programme 2th-29th July 2012

HUMAN NATURE - drawing workshops for children
Fridays from 12:30 pm to 2 pm

Rauma Art Museum offers fun and active workshops for kids. The workshops include a visit to the Human Nature exhibition. The children get the chance to be artists and to model for the other artists. They will try different techniques of drawing. How does a human look like? How does a human move? How can you make a picture of a person? Pictures made by the children will be projected on the walls of one of the museum cellars. The parents or guardians may visit the Art Museum or Old Rauma during the workshop.

The number of participants is limited, so please sign up in advance by calling 02 8224346 or sending an e-mail rtm@raumantaidemuseo.fi. Workshop fee is 7 € per child.

Guided Tours in English 2th-29th July 2012
Rauma Biennale Balticum 2012 - Human Nature exhibition and the Eino Valtonen Collection, Finnish art from the Golden Era (1870-1920), Tuesdays at 2 pm.

Lace Week Programme 21th-29th July
Tarmo Thorström: Pin-up-Lace 20th July -12th August, Rauma Art Museum Makasiini
The Night of Black Lace 27th July:
8-9 pm Burlesque workshop
9:30 pm Burlesque show
10 pm M. A. Numminen & Pedro Hietanen perform in the yard of Rauma Art Museum.

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 11 am-6 pm, Friday-Sunday 11 am-4 pm.
The Night of Black Lace 27th July, from 11 am to 10 pm.

Entrance fees:
Adults 5 €, students and pensioners 3 €, common ticket to Lönnström Art Museum 8 €
Groups (min. 15 persons.) 3 € per person, free admission for visitors under 18.
Fees for private guided tours: During opening hours 30 €, outside opening hours 50 €

For more information, please contact:
Janne Koski, director, janne.koski@raumantaidemuseo.fi, 0440 224154
Henna Paunu, curator, henna.paunu@raumantaidemuseo.fi, 0440 224155
Laura Kokkonen, exhibition assistant, laura.kokkonen@raumantaidemuseo.fi, 0440 224158/044 5933249
Salla Laamanen, educational programme, salla.laamanen@raumantaidemuseo.fi 044 2664288

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