Touch is the permanent exhibition of the Saastamoinen Foundation’s collection at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.Showcasing Finnish and international contemporary art, it explores the human condition, approaching fundamental questionsthematically and from a variety of perspectives, including identity and perception and our relationship with our bodies and space.The Touch exhibition displays are designed by experts of the Saastamoinen Foundation in collaboration with EMMA.
The title of the exhibition points to the evocative power of art. Art can touch us aesthetically, emotionally, experientially, intellectually and spiritually. We all have our own ways of experiencing art, and that experience can bring about a connection to another person. Touch is also the title of one of the works featured in the exhibition, created by Marianna Uutinen in 2001.
The revised display of the Touch exhibition is entitled Humanity, Architecture and the Built Environment. An exploration of our existence within designed space, the show features works that reference buildings and their history, building systems and our own place within that context. The new display was curated by Laura Kokkonen, Ingrid Orman and Henna Paunu from EMMA.
The new display includes media works by Elina Brotherus and Artor Jesus Inkerö, who examine the relationship of the human body to architecture and the cultural environment. Kaiken osana (2011–2019) is a sound installation by Hans Rosenström, known for his site-specific works. Recorded on site with a binaural head, the audio track of the work simulates an authentic listening situation and produces a powerful sense of another person’s presence. Other artworks in the display include Alicja Kwade’s Trans-For-Men (2018) and Olafur Eliasson’s Pentagonal Mirror Tunnel (2017). Both were commissioned by the Saastamoinen Foundation specifically for the environment and architecture of EMMA.
Previous displays in the Touch exhibition were curated by Pilvi Kalhama, director of EMMA, with Päivi Karttunen, collection expert at Saastamoinen Foundation, and Henna Paunu, chief curator of collections at EMMA. The first, Human space and encounters, explores the experimental and interactive nature of art, with the reality created by the artist and the viewer’s reality merging in the presence of the work. The second, Human identity and body, delves into the fundamental mysteries of humanity,examining identity, physicality and our relationship with history and memory.
Photo: Ari Karttunen, EMMA