Ana Torfs at Pori Art Museum
For her first solo exhibition in the Nordic countries, Belgian visual artist Ana Torfs brings together two major installations: The Parrot & the Nightingale, a Phantasmagoria (2014) and Legend (2009). Toast, an iconic photograph she made in 2003, functions as a connecting element between the two installations. The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.
Philharmonia Orchestra: Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor, Pekka Kuusisto violin
The Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen will be heading the legendary Philharmonia Orchestra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his country’s independence. The programme naturally features Sibelius, and his fascinating Seventh Symphony, in one movement. The programme also includes contemporary music: Icelandic Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto and Finnish Kaija Saariaho’s Lumière et pesanteur. Performing as a soloist is the phenomenal Pekka Kuusisto, who hails from a distinguished family of Finnish musicians.
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – Finland 100
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Embassy of the Netherlands, and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux organise a Finland 100 jubilee concert in Rotterdam’s De Doelen concert house in November. The programme includes Finnish inspiration from traditional folk dance music to Aulis Sallinen. The chamber music concert musicians are Maija Reinikainen and Eefje Habraken (violin), Galahad Samson (viola), Daniel Petrovitsch (cello) ja Juan Zurutuza (piano). More information and concert tickets here.
Carita Savolainen’s exhibition at the Embassy of Finland
In December, to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence, the Finnish embassy in Brussels will host Finnish artist Carita Savolainen’s project Passing on Looks. The project aims at suggesting a status report on a situation, and account for the way the perception of Finland has evolved in another European culture, that of Belgium; and reversely on the way Finland’s image of a foreign culture, the Belgian one, has changed. The project seeks to link image and text, as well as sound and movement, to enable a variety of perceptions.