Anna Eriksson: M
May 30 – August 9, 2020
Matti Pyykkö and Heta Kaisto, curation
The grotesque first movie M by artist Anna Eriksson (born in 1977, Rauma) was a sensational success at the international film festival in 2018. Eriksson made the movie mostly herself: she wrote the script and directed the movie, played the main role, spoke all the lines in the movie and composed the music. In the movie, Eriksson plays the role of M, who was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. This artwork is an original study on the connection between feminine sexuality and death. Abuse, nudity, manipulation and cruelness form a major part of the content of Anna Eriksson’s work, where M is destined to die again and again as a reflection distorted by fantasies.
M began as a video work of art, but eventually grew to be an art movie of full length that was made in Portugal, Mexico and Uusikaupunki for over 4 years. Anna Eriksson herself was in charge of all the artistic aspects of the movie: directing, script, acting, set design, sound design and composition. The movie was filmed by the other curator of the exhibition, Matti Pyykkö.
Eriksson is the second Finnish film director ever whose work has been chosen for the distinguished Critics’ Week at the Venice International Film Festival. For Rauma Art Museum, Anna Eriksson is compiling an exhibition that will dive deeper into the strong themes of the movie M with the help of new and unforeseen videos and photographs. Eriksson will also shed some light on her artistic work at the borderline of cinematography and performance, which has been defined by fierce submersion into the subconsciousness.
The exhibition contains intense material and it is not recommended for sensitive viewers or underage people without adult supervision.
Kosti Koskinen – Comments on the Diary of a Common Man
August 28, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Henna Paunu and Heta Kaisto, curation
In September 1973, Kosti Koskinen (1905–1983), an artist from Rauma, decided to start keeping a diary. He states that the reason for this was simply wanting to pay attention to what he was thinking. A year earlier he had moved away from his rental apartment located in Kuninkaankatu 37, where an art museum had just been opened up. The artist was missing his old home tremendously.
In his first entry, Kosti Koskinen quotes the words of the poet Novalis: It is certain that my belief will reach an indefinite victory the moment someone else believes in it.
This wish presented by the artist acts as the focal point around which this unique exhibition is built, revolving around the diary that was written during 10 months in 1973 and 1974. This diary offers insights into the cultural history of the city of Rauma, ponders on the eternal issues of humanity and goes through the hardships, illnesses and defeats of a humane life. The entries tell of a widely learned and deeply empathic artist who was decades ahead of his time in reflecting on the actions of man in relation to animals and the environment.
“Comments on the Diary of a Common Man” brings together experts and artists from different fields to comment on the artistic conviction, life and work of Kosti Koskinen. The exhibition offers insights on marginal history, on the everyday realism and the zeitgeist of the life of an artist, as well as on the production of Kosti Koskinen, who was talented in many different fields of art. The exhibition is executed as part of the Ars Rauma series by Rauma Art Society. At the same time it is the jubilee exhibition of the 50-year-old Rauma Art Museum.
The courtyard buildings of the Art Museum
Inclusive art education exhibition
April 18 – May 10, 2020
The visual arts minors of the Department of Teacher Education from Rauma Campus, University of Turku
FACE TO FACE / SIDE BY SIDE
June 12 – August 9, 2020
Jubilee exhibition for Sanna Saarinen, 25 years as an artist
Sanna Saarinen (born in 1968) is celebrating her artist career of 25 years with a summer exhibition in the courtyard buildings of the art museum. Saarinen, who comes from Eura, has been very active in the art scene in Rauma and Satakunta region since the 1990s. The exhibition, which goes by the name FACE TO FACE / SIDE BY SIDE, consists of new works of art by this fabric and scrap metal artist. With these works she is contemplating the ability of different people to co-operate and become friends, just like the opposite materials in the works – soft fabric and hard recycled metal – face each other by merging into one entity. The courtyard of the local art museum is an obvious choice for the celebration of the 25-year-long career for this artist, as she is originally from Rauma and has been operating mainly in the area in question.