Friday, September 09, 2016

Sept15: Finnish comics exhibit opens at Embassy

News, 9/8/2016 | Embassy of Finland, Washington

Finnish Comics Now

The Embassy of Finland is excited to host an exhibition that showcases modern Finnish comics. Comic art has been a noticeable part of the Finnish art scene for a long time. Think about Tove Jansson and her beloved Moomin characters. Most Finns remember reading the Finnish Donald Duck magazine as a child, a habit that for many has continued past adulthood.

Reetta Niemensivu
A work by Reetta Niemensivu

Finnish Comics Now exhibition offers a glimpse to the colorful, strange and surreal visions of Finnish modern comics. The eight internationally acclaimed artists showcased are part of a generation born in the 1970's and 1980's. The exhibition features works from JP Ahonen, Hanneriina Moisseinen, Tommi Musturi, Reetta Niemensivu, Anna Sailamaa, Petteri Tikkanen, Marko Turunen and Amanda Vähämäki.

Feelings of alienation and other worlds, either outside or just at the borders of our own reality, are common themes in these works. Several artists also handle themes of dealing with the past – either on an individual or a collective level. The pieces offer an overview of what Finnish comics are now and maybe hint of what to look forward to in the future.

The exhibition is produced by the Finnish Comics Society which aims to promote the awareness and critical reading of comics and to gain respect for the art form. Founded in 1971, it is an association of makers, readers, collectors and researchers of comics. The society presents comics both to the wider public as well as to the cultural establishment.

The Finnish Comics Society will also be at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda on September 17-18. The expo brings together more than 4 000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

The exhibition is supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.

Please join us at the opening reception of the exhibition on September 15, 2016 at 7pm.
RSVP is required by Tuesday, September 13 at

The exhibition is open to the public from 11am to 4pm on the following dates:
September 18
September 24-25
October 1-2

Address: Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

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