Rauma Biennale Balticum – What's up Sea? (Finland)

06.06.2010 |

The opening of the 13th Rauma Biennale Balticum takes place on 11 June at 6 pm. The exhibition will be shown at Rauma Art Museum until 19 September 2010.

Let's dive into the blue waters! Things are flowing, making waves, floating and foaming at the Rauma Art Museum… The traditional Rauma Biennale Balticum, which is granted with the ARS BALTICA logo and which now is held for the thirteenth time, presents contemporary art taking the sea as its theme. What's up Sea? takes up ecological, aesthetic, economic and ethic perspectives on and for the sea.

The Rauma Biennale Balticum is an art exhibition created around the sea. For over two decades, the Rauma Art Museum has invited artists of the Baltic Sea region to participate in a joint exhibition.

The sea has linked artists of the region, and continues to do so. Over the years, the Biennale has taken on new dimensions, and now in 2010 its theme is the sea for the first time. The main role is given to the Baltic, our shared environment, whose ecological state is acute and a subject of wide concern. In the background, however, there is also the sea as a broader concept, myth and symbol of diversity and grandeur that is hard to match.

The sea as infinite, unknown and frightening has also inspired human imagination. It is an element in which one can still feel the power of nature. Navigational skills revolutionized the world, and for the individual, the experience of the sea is still strong. The sea has always been a route to the unknown, bringing change and impulses. It links cultures and is a source and mediator of shared experience, which is necessary for life on Earth. Man, however, has a conflicting attitude to the sea and through his activities, he has become its worst enemy. The negative effects, the pollution of the waters, eutrophication and the extinction of organisms are evident on the shores of the seas, in the oceans and at the ice caps alike.

What's up Sea? is curated by Chief Curator Janne Koski and Curator Henna Paunu of the Rauma Art Museum. The catalogue presents the artists of the exhibition and their works. It contains a selection of excerpts from the books of the Rauma-based author Tapio Koivukari on the Sea of Rauma.

The artists of the exhibition are:

A Kassen (Christian Bretton-Meyer, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, Søren Petersen, Tommy Petersen) (DK), Johanna Billing (SE), Katja Bjørn (DK), BlueSoup Group (Alexei Dobrov, Daniel Lebedev, Valery Patkonen, Aleksandr Lobanov) (RU), Ulu Braun (DE), Sergey Bratkov (RU), Egle Budvytyte (LT), Kaspars Groshevs (LV) & Ruta Kiskyte (LT) & Daria Melnikova (LV), Terike Haapoja (FI), Antti Laitinen (FI), M.A.R.I.N. / Tapio Mäkelä (FI), Miks Mitrevics (LV), Jaanus Samma (EE), Claudia Schmacke (DE), Dominika Skutnik (PL), Laura Stasiulyte (LT), Jaan Toomik (EE), Julita Wojcik (PL) and Vadim Zakharov (RU)

The programme of the exhibition features works and special events in the museum courtyard and outside the museum premises. There will be a performance in the Rauma Canal, a course in marine photography for children at Otanlahti arranged by the Satakunta Region Children's Culture Network, and tattooing performance in a maritime spirit by Tero Juuti.

The exhibition has received funding from the City of Rauma, the Finnish Ministry of Education, the Satakunta Region Arts Council and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Activities for children and young people have been supported by the Taikalamppu (Magic Lamp) network and the Satakunta Region Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The exhibition and its artists have also received the kind support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Auramaa Group, Fatboy / Lumenor Ltd., Hotel Vanha Rauma, Ideacca, Leica Microsystems, Rauma Stevedoring, Siemen Flora and the TVO organization.

For more information, please contact:

Chief Curator Janne Koski: janne.koski(via)raumantaidemuseo.fi, phone: +358(0)440224154

Curator Henna Paunu: henna.paunu(via)raumantaidemuseo.fi, phone: +358(0)440224155

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