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Modern Art and Mine Meet in Tytyri

Nordkalk (info a, 7 June 2013

An exhibition of modern art, Ars Tytyri was opened in the Tytyri Mine Museum in Lohja Finland on 4 June 2013. The exhibition consists of the work of 21 artists and the art society of Länsi-Uusimaa acted as curator of the exhibition. The exhibition with themes from the world of mining is open through the summer until the beginning of September. The cooperation of the Mine Museum and the art society is an excellent example of how mines can be utilized also for different art and culture events. Nordkalk is one of the main sponsors of the event.
The Mine Museum, administered by the town of Lohja, has been built in Nordkalk’s lime mine in Tytyri about 80 meters deep. The museum deep underground, is an inspiring place for an artist and certainly different. It is about +10 degrees and very humid in the mine year-round. There is nothing but stone, water is dribbling from the cracks in the bedrock and there is no natural light. The constant cold, humidity and dimness are challenging to an artist in the way of not only lighting, but also when it comes to the material, as paper, wood and other natural materials absorb humidity.
Suvi Suikki, one of the artists, was well aware of the challenges of the mine being exhibition grounds when she for six months ago got the idea of an underground art exhibition. The different surroundings of the Mine Museum and the unique beauty of the place fascinated her so much that she decided to ask to use the place for an exhibition anyway.
- The schedule was very tight as the organizing, communication and applying for grants take a lot of time and work. At first, the schedule felt outright impossible, but I felt that it is now or never one must take an advantage of an opportunity like this. Luckily, all the other artists became excited of the thought and rose to the challenge, says Suikki.

The mine’s own material, stone, inspired Suikki and it gave her a motif to a beautiful piece of art called "Portrait of the Deep Earth"; a framed stone deep inside the earth.

Suvi Suikki: Portrait of the Deep Earth
Also the sculptor Jenni Tieaho found the exhibition place interesting. She is used to making art of different natural materials such as wood. She needed to re-think her choice of material, but her motif is still familiar: a horse. A touching work “Headlong” is made of recycled aluminium and it describes the horses that used to work in mines.
Jenni Tieaho: Headlong
Ars Tytyri is open from 4 June to 1 September 2013 in the Mine Museum at Tytyrinkatu 2, 08100 Lohja, Finland.

Further information and opening hours here.
Text and photos: Emmi Nuppula


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