Birger Kaipiainen at EMMA

So I finally dragged my lazy ass up the hill and into the Espoo Museum of Modern Art. The rest of the exhibitions I summed up in here, but the biggest motivation was to see the Kaipiainen exhibition. And I’m really, really glad I went, the visit was well beyond my expectations! 🙂

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Sain vihdoin raahattua laiskan ahterini EMMAlle asti, koska halusin ehdottomasti nĂ€hdĂ€ Kaipiaisen nĂ€yttelyn. Muut kokoelmat summasin tÀÀllĂ€… Olin tosi tyytyvĂ€inen koko visiittiin, museo ylitti odotukset! 🙂

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This art bowl is my very very favorite Birger Kaipiainen -object. It’s perfect! The colors are subdued but delicious, because the glazes are so amazingly lush and deep… Everything about it is just so, so pretty! I’m not usually one to go for rich embellishments, but this bowl woos me like no other! 🙂

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TĂ€mĂ€ taidevati on mun ehdoton suosikki Birger Kaipiaisen tuotannosta. Sen vĂ€rimaailma on melkein monokromaattinen ensivilkaisulla, mutta sen lasitteet on niin uskomattoman syviĂ€ ja moniulotteisia ettĂ€ voisin vaan ihastella sitĂ€ tuntikaupalla… Kaikki siinĂ€ yksityiskohdista kokonaisuuteen on vaan niin Ă€lyttömĂ€n nĂ€ttiĂ€, ettĂ€! En yleensĂ€ tykkÀÀ kovin runsaasta koristelusta, mutta tÀÀ vati viehĂ€ttÀÀ aivan omalla laillaan! 🙂

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The birds were surprisingly cool as well, some very ornate and embellished, others coy but clever. Like this mural, with tons of little pottery beads glued (?) to the backing, like a pointillistic painting… sadly I have no pic of it from further away, or you could’ve seen the rain (it was called a bird in rain or something like that) better!

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TykkĂ€sin linnuistakin yllĂ€ttĂ€vĂ€n paljon. Osa oli ylenpalttisen koristeltuja, jotkut ujommin ovelia, kuten tuo kuikka sateessa (tai jotain sinne pĂ€in). Se muodostui tuhansista pikkuruisista savihelmistĂ€, takalevyyn liimattuna (?)… Harmi ettei tullut otettua kuvaa kauempaa, sade nĂ€kyi silloin paljon paremmin!

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Kaipiainen preferred to work with art pottery, but the Paratiisi tableware is still in production. It was fun to see some of the art pottery he produced that has clearly been the inspiration for the tableware pattern… I have a few of the Paratiisi tea cups and saucers, and covet some of the serving dishes as well, but they cost a pretty penny!

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Kaipiainen tuotti enimmÀkseen taidekeramiikkaa. NÀtti Paratiisi-astiasto on kuitenkin edelleen tuotannossa. Oli kiva löytÀÀ taidekeramiikan puolelta Kaipiaisen inspiraatiota kÀyttöastiaston koristeille! Mulla on muutama teekuppi lautasineen, ja olen pitkÀÀn ihastellut tarjoiluastioitakin, mutta kun ne sattuu olemaan kohtalaisen tyyriitÀ!

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The museum had a separate room for visitors to participate. Here it was OK to touch the murals, play with the sand (the dishes and birds rested on sand beds in the exhibition) and decorate a foil bird or two in the likeness of Kaipiainen’s “Kiurujen yö” (Night of the Skylarks) wallpaper. What a wonderful idea to give the younger (or young-at-heart) visitors a chance to experience the exhibition with their own hands! Guilty as charged, I totally had to put up a bird of my own! 😉

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NĂ€yttelyn yhteydessĂ€ on erillinen huone osallistuvalle taiteelle. SinisessĂ€ huoneessa seinĂ€t oli tapetoitu Kiurujen yöllĂ€, ja yhdellĂ€ seinĂ€llĂ€ oli muraali keramiikan palasista. NiitĂ€ sai koskea ja kokeilla tai leikkiĂ€ hiekalla  (vadit ja linnut pönötti nĂ€yttelyssĂ€ hiekkapedeillĂ€, joihin tietenkÀÀn ei saanut koskea…). Toisessa pÀÀssĂ€ oli puita, joihin sai ripustaa itse koristelemiaan hopeisia tai kultaisia kiuruja… Ihana idea antaa lasten tai lapsenmielisten osallistua, vois kuvitella ettĂ€ madaltaa lapsiperheiden kynnystĂ€ lĂ€hteĂ€ museoon! Ja tottahan mun piti kanssa nĂ€prÀÀ hienoa hiekkaa ja ripustaa oma lintu 😉