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Mo 19.03.2012
Marko Turunen, Comic Transformer, 2012. Photo: VTM KKA, Petri Vir


Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum
Helsinki, Finland
09/03 - 09/09/2012

2011 saw the 100th anniversary of the publishing of the first illustrated storybook in Finland (Ilmari Vainio's “Professori Itikaisen tutkimusretki”, 1911). For decades, many authors around the world have been inspired by the Finish comic-book movement, which has experienced a world-wide boom in the last five years. Most artists are put off by the limits and commercial pressures placed on the genre, however, creating a situation in which local comic-book authors are revered and honored in places beyond the borders of Finland. Breaking down these internal barriers and highlighting the synthesis of international and local culture in Finnish comic-book art, the contemporary art museum Kiasma is hosting the exhibition “Eyeballing!”. Showing through September 9, the participating young artists present an unprecedented three-dimensional form of comic-books. The works on display describe the pressure that exists at the borderline of where reality meets illusion. Many of the artists base their stories on personal experience, creating their own kind of surreal, autobiographical fiction.

Mannerheiminaukio 2
Helsinki, Finland