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"Sculptura vera" - Rovaniemi.
poster by Kari Piippo

 

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.

photographs of the exhibition



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 of Lapland.

 

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