No Ordinary Moments
EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, 11.4.2018–6.1.2019
No Ordinary Moments is a group exhibition featuring recent acquisitions from EMMA’s collections. The show presents a selection of surrealist-inspired contemporary works celebrating small, everyday miracles. The featured exhibits have an uncanny, otherworldly quality that transcends daily reality and plunges into the depths of the subconscious and unconscious mind.
RAPPU, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland, 13.2.–8.4.2018
A short film in which a dancing man breaks free from the monumental structures of an abandoned Olympic stadium. The distant echoes resonating in the desolate sports arena, travel through his limbs and spill into this very moment. Their message is this: when time and space speak, listen. As stones and pillars crumble, sound is the first and the last thing moving in your body.
Art Prize of Southwest Finland, 2017
Saara Ekström recieves the Finnish Arts Promotion Centers Art Prize in 2017.
Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland, 1.9.–24.9.2017
In Saara Ekström's film Amplifier the Helsinki Olympic Stadium represents a historical paradigm shift. Completed in 1938 the building outlines pure functionalist architecture and stands as a landmark for optimistic utopia and the oblivion of man’s neglect of history.
Korjaamo Stage Festival
Korjaamo, Helsinki, Finland, 21.9.–28.9.2017
Mika Vainio, the pioneer of electronic music, is honoured in a tribute film screening in Helsinki at Korjaamo Stage Festival. The screening includes three films for which Mika Vainio composed original films scores: A Physical Ring (Mika Taanila 2002), Phantasma (Saara Ekstrom 2016) and Mannerlaatta (engl. Tectonic Plate). Q&A moderated by Kari Yli-Annala
Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK 7.9.2017–2.4.2018
Leading artists of the twenty- first century are reinvigorating the still life, a genre previously synonymous with the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Old Masters. Michael Petry's careful curation of this exciting revamp celebrates works by emerging and established artists alike.
Abundance and Ephemerality
Kadrioru Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn, Estonia, 21.01.–14.05.2017
Four Domes Pavilion, National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland, 19.01.–14.05.2017
Kiasma's Collection Exhibition
Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 22.04.2016–29.01.2017
LUSCIOUS THRILLS, Baroque reflections then and now
GL Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark, 26.08. - 30.12.2016
Saara Ekström, Alchemy
Bildmuseet, Sweden, 12.6.–4.9.2016
Bohusläns Museum, Sweden 7.5.–28.8.2016
Fiskars, Finland, 14.5.–24.9.2016
Saara Ekström, Alkemia
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland, 5.2.–24.4.2016
Saara Ekström, Skala 1:1
Atalante, Gothenburg, Sweden, 8.9.–2.11.2014
ISCP, New York, USA
Ekström starts her 6-month artist-in-residence period at ISCP in July 2014. ISCP is a residency-based contemporary art institution in New York that aims to support international exchange between artists and curators. The Finnish Cultural Institute collaborates with the Alfred Kordelin foundation in enabling residencies for Finnish visual artists.
The Ever Changing Portrait Featuring Saara Ekström
Saara Ekström's latest public works were unveiled at Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki.
Commissioned by the Swedish Culture Foundation, the moving video portraits are the first of their kind in Finland.
Thames & Hudson
Contemporay artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition
By Michael Petry
Includes works by:
John Currin, Saara Ekström, Elmgreen & Dragset, Renata Hegyi, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Marc Quinn, Sophie Calle, Ai Weiwei …and more
Turku Castle, Finland, 11.5.–25.10.2013
The lyrical and meditative works of this award-winning Turku-based artist are examinations into femininity and identity.
The Seventh Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art
Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland, 20.10. – 25.11.2012
Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland, 2.2.2013 – 12.5.2013
South-Karelian Art Museum, 4.6. – 1.9.2013
The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Art Collection is one of the most important art collections in Finland. Representing a cross-section of Finnish art from the 1940s to the present, it comprises approximately 3,000 works. The collection has been donated to the Rovaniemi Art Museum and it enjoys a reputation of exceptional quality. Most of the collection consists of Finnish contemporary art from the 1980s to the present.
The Venice Biennale, Extreme – The 56th International Festival of Contemporary Music, Venice, Italy, 6.10. – 13.10.2012
Festival für Neue Musik, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany, 21.7.2012
A video work for Francesca Verunelli’s chamber opera ”Serial Sevens”
Alice In Wonderland
An international exhibition of contemporary photographic art
ECCO, Espacio de Creación Contemporánea, Cádiz, Spain, 16.3. – 3.6.2012
LOGOMO, Turku, Finland, 16.2. – 18.12.2011
The name of the exhibition refers to Lewis Carroll's famous book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), in which a girl falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in strange places. Like the book, the exhibition moves from depictions of everyday life to fantasy worlds created or presented by the artists, and life is manifested as a ceaseless wavering on the borderline between these two domains. Fantastic everyday life and everyday fantasies meet in a way that challenges viewers to make new interpretations and adopt fresh perspectives.
Turku Castle, Finland, 12.8.2011 – 29.1.2012
The exhibition at Turku Castle shows the latest work by artist Saara Ekström. Rosario is a lyrical media artwork, consisting of a film triptych, which combines techniques such as video, film, tomography and animation. The artwork interprets the imagery generated by the Finnish Mary-myth and the symbolism that lies within it.
Festival Voies Off Arles 2012, France
Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 14.1.2011 – 13.3.2011
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, 7.5. – 31.8.2011
Åland Art Museum, 16.12.2011 – 22.1.2012
Saara Ekström’s mid-career exhibition presents a broad selection of her most recent photographic and video works. “The title of the show, Limbus, refers to an intermediate state, such as the nebulous boundary after death and before birth. For me, it is a kind of non-place ora non-time,” says Saara Ekström.
Reflective Shadow – 10 contemporary artists from Finland
Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark, 23.9.2011 – 12.2.2012
Finnish Contemporary art has great success around the world in these years. As a natural extension of the exhibition of the classical, Finnish-Swedish painter Helene Schjerfbeck, Ordrupgaard display artworks of highest quality by ten Finnish-Swedish contemporary artists.
Excess and Ascesis
Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland,
Kalhama&Piippo is proud to present photographic and video artist Saara Ekström’s recent body of work in the exhibition where the artist deepens her journey of exploration into the aesthetical and physical, the ugly and beautiful, the real and unbelievable. The gutlike fruit and plant clusters in the large-scale photographs seem to live their own uncontrollable life; the formal and ascetic still lifes find their opposite in excess.
Carnegie Art Award 2010
Saara Ekström is participating in the juried Carnegie Art Award 2010 exhibition tour. The award has been established to promote Nordic contemporary painting and to recognise and support distinguished artists born or living in the Nordic countries. It’s one of the most prestigious art awards in the Nordic countries.
Schedule for the exhibition tour in 2010:
Listasafn Islands, Islands Nationalgalleri, Reykjavik, Iceland, 15.1 – 28.2.2010
Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden, 19.3–9.5.2010
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway, 21.5.–1.8.2010
798 Art Space, Beijing, China, 9.9.–10.10.2010
Royal College of Art, London, GB, 12.11–21.11.2010
Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finalnd, 3.12.2010–30.1.2011
Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany, 31.1– 21.3.2010
Galerie Kuma, Berlin, Germany, 16.4.– 23.5.2010
Saara Ekström is among the 15 artists invited to take part in the exhibition Memory Traces at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany. The exhibition presents Finnish contemporary art and it is a result of a cultural project aimed at promoting Finnish art internationally, created by Mikko Ijäs and Mika Karhu.
Memory Traces. Contemporary Art from Finland 31.1-21.3.2010
Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland,
Dallas Art Fair
Richard Levy Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA,