Maritta Nurmi: Feet on the Table #4, 2008.
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Unknown Territories – Works from the Matti Koivurinta Foundation art collection
13.2.2015 to 24.5.2015
Museum of History and Contemporary Art
Turku, Finland

Unknown Territories is a journey into the land of dream images and utopias. The exhibition, presenting the Matti Koivurinta Foundation art collection, has an atmosphere that shifts from playful to serious. Strange visions can be encountered in the exhibition. Wavering reality, images that arise from the unconscious and dream worlds are all present in the works of the exhibition. Surrealism and fairy-tale creatures depict the fantastical, but some of the works are also about the tangible reality.

The earliest of the works on display are from the late 1920s and early 1930s, the newest from last year. The exhibition includes works from 23 artists: Hans-Christian Berg, Max Ernst, Rainer Fetting, Simo Hannula, Veikko Hirvimäki, IC-98, Alpo Jaakola, Ulla Jokisalo, Asger Jorn, Anish Kapoor, Hannu Karjalainen, Johanna Kiivaskoski, Veikko Laukkanen, Nikolai Lehto, André Masson, Viljo Mäkinen, Otto Mäkilä, Maritta Nurmi, Ulla Rantanen, Sulho Sipilä, Kain Tapper, Anna Tuori and Andy Warhol.

The Matti Koivurinta Foundation art collection contains works from the recent history of Finnish and Western art. The oldest works in the collection are from the late 19th Century, but the emphasis is on the time period after the middle 1950s and on the present day. The collection holds 650 works and is increased yearly with new acquisitions.

Participating artist in residency program of CHULA Fashion House in Hoi an, Vietnam, 14.-31.3.2015

Tienviittoja: Taiteilija Maritta Nurmi lähti maailmalle
Yle Radio 1 (esitetty 1.11.2014, kuunneltavissa ulkomailla)

"Aina mä olen ufo, koska olen ulkomaalainen ja perheetön", kertoo Maritta Nurmi elämästään Vietnamissa. Millaista oli sopeutua miljoonakaupunki Hanoin arkeen? Ainakin hän on keksinyt keinon miten pääsee helpommin eroon paikallisten jatkuvista uteluista. Ennen taiteilijan uraa hän opiskeli Turussa biologiksi. Mikä sai vaihtamaan alaa lähes nelikymppisenä? Minna Korhonen kävi Suomenlinnan HIAP-taitelijaresidenssissä, jossa räiskyvä taitelija valmistautui Designmuseon keramiikkanäyttelyn avajaisiin.

Kuuntele ohjelma (52 min.) »

Minna Korhonen interviewed Maritta Nurmi in the artist residence of Suomenlinna (HIAP), while she was preparing for Ceramics & Space exhibition. Radio program was broadcasted in Yle (Finland's national public service broadcasting company) and is in Finnish language.

Kuva © Yle

Past exhibitions:

Ceramics & Space
Exhibition for Contemporary Ceramics
Design Museum Helsinki
10.10.2014 - 11.1.2015

"This high-standard exhibition selected by a jury of experts has inspired professionals in the field to offer their best work. The theme of Ceramics & Space is expressed in poetic works as art, sculpture, installations and studies of form and material. Many of the works address the history of ceramics and its forms of representation at the present time. The works also take up subjects of a socio-political nature, with the material serving as a mirror on society and an ironic statement on the setting in which we live. What motifs are valuable enough for decorating plates or pots? The works of the exhibition display both pure beauty and grotesque humour, and they provide an opportunity for contemplation and questioning."

Press release (pdf) »

Maritta Nurmi: keep your dreams like china in your hands. Ceramic Vase 2014.
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Works at Cafe Cavalier

from 5.10.2014. on for 2 months
Malminrinne 2-4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Maritta Nurmi: Bears n' squares 2014.
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So We Do
Cultural Centre Cruselli, Uusikaupunki, Finland
1.11. - 20.12.2014
Group exhibiton with Hasan Fuat Sari, Kimmo Ojaniemi, Erika Adamsson,
Juhani Vikainen, Kauko Nissilä, Jarkko Roth and Matti Helenius.

A Women’s View
Goethe Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Hanoi, Vietnam
Exhibition 07.03.–23.03.2014

Eight women-artists present new works: Lacquer paintings, sculptures,
installation and video art.

The Adidas Man and the Strongwoman Commenting on the Present
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art
Itäinen Rantakatu 38,
Turku, Finland

Through contemporary art, the exhibition explores the human strengths that support us in our everyday life and meet those versatile expectations and roles that are associated with different stages of life.

ANIMA - Exhibition at Manzi Art Space
Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ich
Hanoi, Vietnam
November 1 - November 30, 2013

Art Vietnam Gallery, Manzi Art Space and the Embassy of Finland is pleased to present the new works of Maritta Nurmi, in her upcoming solo exhibition "Anima" opening at Manzi Art Space, November 1, 2013 in celebration of the 40 year anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Finland and Vietnam.

Works in the gallery »

More info:

Eternel Vietnam

La Grande Orangerie
Jardin des Sciences
21000 Dijon, France
19.08. - 15.09.2013

Les photos de la dernière exposition de L'éclair, Eternel Viêt-Nam, sont en ligne!
The photos of the last "L'éclair" exhibition, Eternel Viêt-Nam, are online! *Welcome*

Avec les propositions de: Martin Argyroglo, Lionel Descostes, Donatella Bernardi et Niels Wehrspann, Sébastien Leseigneur, Francis Morandini, Maritta Nurmi, Emma Perrochon et Frédéric Sanchez.

Photos of the "L'éclair" exhibition »


Couture Adorable de Maritta, 2011 (design textile, modèle: Cécile Debost) et Sitting pretty, 2010.

Solo Exhibition
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam 2013

The 9th Triennial of Finnish Textile Art
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum
Turku, Finland
September 28 - November 25 2012

Café Glaces Salon
Tonnerre, Bourgogne, France
September 2012

2012 Public Art for City of Laitila on Percent for Art program

On Artist Fellowship for year 2012
Received from Arts Council of Southwest Finland

Maritta Nurmi Solo Exhibition
Galleri Cupido
Stockholm, Sweden
May 2012

Billnäs Bruk Summer Exhibition
Raasepori, Finland
28.5.- 31.8.2011