Loving modern art? You cannot miss the Titanik Gallery.
The artistic side of Turku never sleeps. Together with bigger museums like The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and the Turku Art Museum, several small and fascinating galleries are spread all across the city. Among them, the Titanik Gallery is a landmark for all those interested in modern art. Located on the very shore of the river Aura, it was founded in 1988 by the Artists Association “Arte”, which board members select the performances to exhibit. In the place, local and international artists expose their works and the association takes care of the improvement of their professional, social, and economical benefits. The gallery is really worth a visit, not only because of the interesting style of the pieces exposed, but also because of its position. It will be the perfect destination after a nice walk along the Aura river, especially during these last warm days of the year. Since the 2nd of September and until the 18th, the gallery runs not just one, but two exhibitions.
The first room hosts “Possible Objects, Act II” by Tuomo Rainio. The pieces proposed play with the very idea of figures, overlapping and mixing them with the background. What the artist presents as an outcome are not given, final figures, but the pure mix of the same, the various ideas behind them, the background and the wall as a canvas. The same author writes:
“It seems that the opposition between the image and its material background has to be reformulated in the digital era. The fundamental connection between them has become loose: digital images seem to have very little to do with the screens where they are presented. Images can come and go, leave their bodies and travel around. The bodies themselves have become empty”.
The second room presents “ECHOES” by Roberto Pugliese. It is a video and audio experience involving memories and images and transporting them to a dreamlike dimension. Pugliese says about his work:
“ECHOES (…) explores the theme of memory transformation through the transformation of the medium, using traces from western cultural imagery of human figures and poses belonging to the classical tradition. These figures, materialized by re-enacting the original ones, appear and engage the visitor as moving portraits recognizable more in their movements than for the human features. They are like a reduced dream”.
Both the exhibitions are unique in their own, particular way and you cannot miss them if you love modern art.