• Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, “Unstable Matter”, 2013
  • Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, “Time Zones”, 2012
  • Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein 2014
  • Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, “Movement”, 2013
  • Elena Näsänen, “Round”, 2011
  • Salla Myllylä, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein 2014
  • Minna Langström, “Thin Membrane“, 2013
  • Mikko Kuorinki, Installation view Frankfurter Kunstverein 2014
  • Mikko Kuorinki, “Peanut on a pocketknife”, 2012
  • IC-98, “Arkhipelagos (Navigating the Tides of Time)”, 2013
  • IC-98, “A View from the Other Side”, 2011
  • Pink Twins, “Miracle”, 2014, © Pink Twins
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July 25, 2014 – October 12, 2014


July 24, 2014, 8 pm


Holger Kube Ventura

Exhibition promoter



Finland was Guest of Honour of Frankfurt International Book Fair 2014. In conjunction with the fair, the Frankfurter Kunstverein was presenting the exhibition “Matters of Time. Artists from Finland.” The group exhibition brought together works by eight artists and artist duos from Finland, offering an in-depth look at diverse approaches within contemporary Finnish art. Using different media, including photography, video, sculpture, sound, and computer animation, the exhibited works address the nature of time and metaphors of transience.

More than in almost any other Nordic country, in Finland the rhythm of life is closely linked to nature and the changing light conditions. The activeness of being outside during the white nights of summer alternates with the reclusive, slowed-down life inside during the darkness of winter. In such Nordic countries the passage of time can thus be perceived as being either fast or very slow. The participating artists address this range of perceptions in different ways: by creating a sensual impression of the transition between inside and outside, by experimenting with space and time through the use of the body, sound, or language, or by employing instructions for action resulting from collective socio-political projects. When engaging with the works the viewers are confronted with their own individual perception of time and space, and their awareness for the passage of time is heightened.

A diverse program of film screenings, performances, and talks accompanied the exhibition.

The exhibition was kindly supported by FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange und Frame Visual Art Finland and takes place as part of the art and culture program: Finnland. Cool. Frankfurt Book Fair. Guest of Honour of 2014.

Short guide of the exhibition

Maija Blåfield
Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen
IC-98 (Visa Suonpää & Patrik Söderlund)
Mikko Kuorinki
Minna Långström
Salla Myllylä
Elena Näsänen
Pink Twins (Juha & Vesa Vehviläinen)