Exhibition of Finnish sculptors’ animal themed works in Kultaranta

Photo:  Jon Norppa/The Office of the President of the Republic

Photo: Jon Norppa/The Office of the President of the Republic

This summer, an animal-themed exhibition of Finnish artists’ statutes from a period extending from the early 20th century till the present day will be on display in the park of Kultaranta, the summer residence of the President of the Republic.

Animals are some of the most traditional motifs in visual arts. In the works of this exhibition titled Encounters, they are portrayed not only as domestic animals and pets but also as predators and mythical creatures with hybrid animal and human features. The featured artists are Emil Cedercreutz, Timo Heino, Viktor Jansson, Matti Kalkamo, Veikko Myller, Jussi Mäntynen, Taru Mäntynen, Pirkko Nukari, Heli Ryhänen and Jenni Tieaho.

The Encounters exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and curated by MA Tapani Pennanen.

During the summer, the public can visit the Kultaranta park and the sculpture exhibition on Fridays from 6 pm to 8 pm. In addition, Visit Naantali organises guided tours of the park area from 8 June. Further information on guided tours and exceptions to opening hours can be found on the Visit Naantali website. The opening of the park and the guided tours will take place in accordance with current coronavirus restrictions and recommendations.