Kari Huhtamo’s anniversary exhibition in Rovaniemi
Sculptor Kari Huhtamo’s 70th Anniversary Exhibition Sculptura
vera opens on January 9th, 2013 in Rovaniemi, at the Arktikum’s
Valo Gallery. Thus Kari Huhtamo, who was born and raised in Rovaniemi,
now returns to his home district for his anniversary.
Even before this, Huhtamo has not been unknown as artist
for the people in Rovaniemi. One of his many public sculptures is Memorial
to the reconstruction of Lapland. In addition, the Kari Huhtamo Art
Foundation has placed 22 sculptures by the artist on the premises of
the University of Lapland.
Huhtamo is one of the best known
modern sculptors in Finland. A typical material for him is polished
steel, which in his hands retains the illusion of lightness and spirituality.
It has been said that the silvery steel brings to mind Lapland's clear
brooks or a salmon’s shiny flank. Although Huhtamo’s art
is nonfigurative, the northern landscape of the soul is always present
in his work.
The main body of the Rovaniemi exhibition consists
of 13 sculptures. Seven of these were exhibited at Kari Huhtamo's solo
show in the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow 2009. Other works were
created after the Moscow show. Thus the Rovaniemi exhibition represents
the artist’s most recent production.
Primarily Kari Huhtamo
is a sculptor, but as an artist, he is very versatile. As a proof, the
exhibition features three reliefs, two mobiles and five graphic prints.
Three video films run nonstop during the exhibition. They are Origin
of the Artworks, Journey of the Artworks and The Artworks in Moscow.
Kari Huhtamo lives in Helsinki. He has public sculptures in several
Finnish towns, and works of art in all significant art museums and public
collections in Finland. He is doctor honoris causa at the University