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Visiting Art/ist 2022

Since 2015, the Finnish Institute has organized the Visiting Art/ist program, which primarily presents Finnish artists who live in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and whose works leave a strong impression on us.

Ausschnitt: Installation im Erkerzimmer des Finnland-Instituts mit den Werken Golgotha in the Flesh und Power of Positive Thinking. © Finnland-Institut/Foto: dotgain.info
Ausschnitt: Installation im Erkerzimmer des Finnland-Instituts mit den Werken Golgotha in the Flesh und Power of Positive Thinking. © Finnland-Institut/Foto: dotgain.info © Installation im Erkerzimmer des Finnland-Instituts mit den Werken Golgotha in the Flesh und Power of Positive Thinking. © Finnland-Institut/Foto: dotgain.info

Visiting artist 2022 is Jukka Korkeila. As a queer artist, he has created works that, for example, give shape to sexual identities, the examination of the Christian Orthodox faith and the emancipation of the body away from common ideals of beauty.

A special role is also played by the art figure Frau Kraft, who appears in paintings and is embodied in interventions by Korkeila's partner Markus Karger. Korkeila is the winner of the Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts 2019 and lives and works in three places: in Berlin, Helsinki and in Ortenberg in the Wetteraukreis (Oberhessen). And as for crying, he says: "In a situation where others cannot cry, it is the task of the artist to cry vicariously for others" - a quote from the exhibition catalog.

Jukka Korkeila is one of the most important contemporary painters in Finland; his works have been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the world.

Born in Hämeenlinna, Finland in 1968, Jukka Korkeila lives and works in Berlin, Oberhessen and Helsinki. He initially studied architecture as well as interior and furniture design before turning to art studies at the Finnish Academy of Arts and the Berlin University of the Arts in the 1990s. In 1999, Korkeila was named "Young Artist of the Year" in Finland. Korkeila represented his home country at the 2004 São Paulo Art Biennale and participated in the Prague Biennials I and III in 2003 and 2007. In 2014-15, he was represented at the fourth Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Korkeila has had solo exhibitions at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn, Sweden. In 2017-18, an extensive retrospective titled Pleasure was held at HAM Helsinki Art Museum and Serlachius Museums in Mänttä/Finland. In 2018, Korkeila was included in the exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood curated by Luc Tuymans at M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp/Belgium, and the following year he and his partner Markus Karger curated the international exhibition In Situ in Hirzenhain and Gedern near Frankfurt am Main.
Additional information
Opening hours:
Tue + Thu 11-19 clock and by appointment. It is asked understanding that the exhibition can be visited also during the opening hours in between for a short time sometimes not completely.

The Finnish Institute is closed on all public holidays applicable in the federal state of Berlin, as well as from April 11 to 14 and from July 18 to August 19, 2022.
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