Image: Katri Paunu

Katri Paunu: TULVA – THE FLOOD

18.2. – 14.5.2023

Material-based art combines the traditional techniques of art and craft, which the artist either utilizes or questions in her work. In this respect, we often talk about thinking with our hands.

Rauma-born sculptor Katri Paunu (b. 1993) is one of the most interesting emerging artists in material-based art. Ceramics combines Paunu’s love for architecture, painting and sculpture. Along with traditional forms of art, the artist is guided by a strong connection with nature. The works reflect on the human connection with various forms of living and being and emphasize the multidimensionality of the senses as tools for experiencing art. Along with ceramics, clay and plaster, water plays a central role. It is an element of corrosion, but also the beginning of something new.

Katri Paunu has studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and the Oslo National Academy of Arts, where she graduated with a master’s degree in art in 2021. The exhibition work has been supported by the Satakunta Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Art Association.

TULVA – THE FLOOD is Katri Paunu’s first solo exhibition in a Finnish art museum. The exhibition has been curated by Rauma Art Museum chief curator Heta Kaisto.

Fish and Fowl!

10.6. – 29.10.2023

At the upcoming summer exhibition “Fish and Fowl!” Rauma Art Museum will be inspired by the primal power of self-taught art. The exhibition will highlight national and international classics of contemporary folk art and new promises in the field. The exhibition also has a dialogue with contemporary art. One of the artists in the exhibition is Erkki Pirtola (1950–2016), whose solo exhibition was on display at the Rauma Art Museum in 1991. Pirtola was a passionate advocate of alternative art and a documenter of ITE art.

The summer 2023 group exhibition celebrates curiosity, rebelliousness, sensitivity, joy and vulnerability, and reflects on socially sustainable development in the art world. The curators of the exhibition are Helka Ketonen, Raija Kallioinen, Elina Vuorimies and Heta Kaisto. In addition to the main exhibition spaces of the Rauma Art Museum, the courtyard, the courtyard buildings and the workshop are in use, and the exhibition also takes place around the city.