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Nanna Susi visiting Almintalo
27.6.–11.8.2024

 

Mon–Sun 11–17

Almintalo
Brandensteininkatu 3
Loviisa

Shimmering treasures, 110 x 130 cm, oil on canvas, 2024
Shimmering treasures, 110 x 130 cm, oil on canvas, 2024
Fire Carrier’s Yellow, 180 x 180 cm, oil on canvas, 2024
Fire Carrier’s Yellow, 180 x 180 cm, oil on canvas, 2024

All The Colours in The World –
Toutes les couleurs du monde
26.04-14.09.2024

The Finnish Institute in France, Paris
/ Paris Summer Olympics 2024

 

The Finnish Institute in France
60, rue des Écoles, 75005 Pariisi

All The Colours in The World – Toutes les couleurs du monde

Production: Nanna Susi Oy, 2024
Filming: Pihla Pasanen
Editing: Pihla Pasanen, Nanna Susi
Production Coordination: Kirsi Kiljunen
Music: Flute Peace – Rob Crozier Music, Walking By Champs Elysees – BrooklynBrothers, When You Come To Me – DHDMusic
Photos: Teoskuvat – Jussi Tiainen, henkilökuva – Mojo Erämetsä, Pariisin-kuvat – Nanna Susi
The Curator of the Exhibition: Krista Mikkola
Thanks: Raffaello De Angelis, The Finnish Institute in France

The Finnish Institute in France has chosen ‘Together’ as its Olympic theme for summer 2024.

The Olympic Games bring people together. Competing is our way of facing and pushing our limits. In a way, those limits – be they psychological or physical – are the line between us and the rest of the world. And the most wondrous thing about that line, besides being an interface that brings people together, is that it never stops moving. Magenta Lifeline.
By pushing our limits, we build faith in ourselves. What is impossible today might be possible tomorrow.

In a way, paintings are the opposite of movement, because a painting captures a still moment in time. But our mind and eyes still perceive movement in paintings.
The movement is added by our imagination. A Day Coloured by Imagination.

My guiding idea is that my paintings will together form a large, wall-sized installation reflecting the theme of togetherness. Together, as an ensemble, they are strong. But togetherness also entails sensitivity.

I have completed six oil paintings to be displayed from floor to ceiling on three floors of the institute’s main hall.

Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, is the home of the gods. Olympia, in turn, is a woman’s name.
Olympus is the mythic cradle where it all began and the first ancient Olympiad was held in honour of Zeus hundreds of years before the Common Era.
Zeus rules over all that is on high. Morning Dew Blue.

I, too, wanted my installation to reach the ultimate heights and stretch all the way to the ceiling.

FIRE

I am warmed by the Olympic tradition and the way the Olympic flame is ignited by the rays of the sun on the altar of Hera in Olympia and carried in a torch relay to the opening ceremony of the games. Fire symbolizes power and energy. Fire ignites us and makes us brave. It spurs us to surpass ourselves and believe in our dreams. It warms the soul. Fire Carrier’s Yellow.
I have included fire symbolism in two of the paintings in my collage. One depicts a woman with a flame rising from her upturned palms. The other portrays a dancing couple whose locked hands
ignite a blaze. Dancing Red.
The sun’s rays glow warmly in all my colourful paintings. Let there be light!

COLOUR

‘Together’ is a theme that cannot be expressed in only one colour. I wanted to be embraced and inspired by a vast spectrum of colours. The soul of the world is an ever-moving entity that encompasses an endless array of different beings, all woven together as one. Isn’t this a wondrous thought? Green in the Garden of Beauty.
Symbolically, being together is about inclusivity and embracing all the world’s colours, all the world’s dreams and all the world’s continents. It’s about marvelling at the wonders of the universe together. The Olympics belong to everyone. We all act, communicate and love together. Even when we are alone, we are still always together.

​Our days, thoughts and feelings come in many different colours, but all the myriad hues of our existence blend together, and it is this mix of many colours that ignites us, shapes us and offers us inspiration.
The Olympic rings are blue, black, red, yellow and green against a white background. Black and white are not ‘colours’, but the other hues in the Olympic symbol are primary colours.
I believe everything has a place in life. Life is not black and white, as the Olympic symbol shows us with its inclusion of many colours.
But we still need black and white, along with the primary colours, to create “all the colours in the world”.

PARIS AND SUMMER

The swirling gowns in my paintings are a nod to the fashion Mecca of Paris, while the city’s aesthetic ecstasy finds expression in lavish bouquets bursting with colour.
The roundness of the radiant apples and peaches evokes the Olympic rings, if not the very perfection of the universe.

We are together. We are united by earth, water, fire, air, spirit and all the colours in the world, by the gently flowing Emerald Green Seine.
The softly shimmering lime-rich soil of Paris lends the city its distinctive powdery hues of apricot and coffee cream.
The Mona Lisa gives us a wink. She is already a winner.
But the lesson we must learn is that winning or losing is beside the point. Only learning matters, and our coexistence here and now. Fair play and working together.
And the one thing we must learn is to love. Love Is Moving in the City. Just ask the Eiffel Tower.

The curator of the exhibition is Krista Mikkola.

More information on the website of The Finnish Institute in France:

All the Colours of the World (in English)

Ensemble! All Colours Ensemble (in English)

The Garden Enchantment

Nanna Susi & Art and Cultural History from the Gardens

18.5.-13.10.2024
Wed–Sun klo 12–17

Saarijärvi museum, logo

Herajärventie 2, Saarijärvi
Finland

Hundreds of Feasts, 2022, 155 x 195 cm
Hundreds of Feasts, 155 x 195 cm, oil on canvas, 2022

Nanna Susi ranks among the leading Finnish painters of our time. The Vääksy-born artist first achieved public renown when she was chosen as Finland’s Young Artist of the Year in 2000. Her paintings are colourful, expressive, impassioned, and often monumental in scale. Nanna divides her time between Rome and Helsinki. The Garden Enchantment exhibition features a selection of her paintings from 2016-2024.

I am the daughter of a florist. I have been de-thorning roses and arranging bouquets since I was twelve years old. Flowers and gardens have always been present in my paintings. As an isolated motif, a garden is like the human mind. It can be carefully designed or wild. Colourful or restrained. Neglected or loved. Geometrical or shapeless. I see the idea of a ‘garden’ as the heart of abstract art. It is where we bit the apple. It is a place of choices, pleasures, and the wonders of growth. It is a place of power – of life, death and a constant cycle of rebirth. We are forever servants of the garden. Gardens love our admiration, wonder, and enchantment. Yesterday I noticed that my clivia is finally blooming again. What joy! Flowers and gardens brighten our minds because they grow and bloom with light.

Nanna Susi
Painter

nanna susi studio

25.10.-10.11.2024
Fleminginkatu 6, Helsinki

Tila on tunne, kansi, Nanna Susi

Tila on tunne, 2022

Publisher
Nanna Susi Oy

176 pages.
ISBN 978-952-94-6714-3

The paintings of Nanna Susi have found a home in hundreds of apartments around the world.

The book Tila on tunne presents these spaces. At the same time, the residents of these homes get to tell what the painting means to them and how it affects the space and its feeling – emotional state.

Price 65 € (incl. VAT 10 %).
Orders: kirsi @ nannasusi.fi (remove spaces)

Nanna Susi, Tila on tunne
Taiteilijatar ja raivoisa rakkaus, kansi, Nanna Susi

Taiteilijatar ja raivoisa rakkaus, 2022

Publisher
Nanna Susi Oy

Publication
Parus Verus kustannus, Helsinki

88 pages.
ISBN 978-952-7245-25-5

The book contains Nanna Susi’s paintings from 2020-2022.

Price 45 € (incl. VAT 10 %).
Orders: kirsi @ nannasusi.fi (remove spaces)

Upon Golden Land, Nanna Susi
Kirjankansi, In The Moods
Nanna Susi In the Moods

Publisher
Parus Verus

192 pages.
ISBN 978-952-7245-07-1

Underneath the Eyes, Nanna Susi, publisher Parvs
Underneath the Eyes

Publisher
Parvs

128 pages.
ISBN 978-952-5654-45-5

Vaelluksia Italiassa, 2019 (Wanderings in Italy)
Vaelluksia Italiassa
(Wanderings in Italy)

Publisher
Avain

Authors / Editors
Markku Kaskela, Tomi Kontio

211 pages.
ISBN: 9789523042148

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nanna susi studio

Fleminginkatu 6, Helsinki, Finland
(approx. 100 m from Karhupuisto)

Tram 3, 9, stop at Karhupuisto.
Meetings according to an agreement.

Kirsi Kiljunen, assistent
kirsi(a)nannasusi.fi
+358407369090

Nanna Susi studionsa edessä
Keinutan tulevaisuutta lähelleni unelmoimalla. Se on absurdi mielen tuottama henki. — Se on lahja.