Konstverk från EMMA i stadsbilden | EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art is one of the biggest museums in Finland.

Konstverk från EMMA i stadsbilden

Olavi Valavuori, Spektri, 1972, glasmosaik, h. 357 cm, b. 287 cm,  Alberga simhall. Bild: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Pekka Kauhanen, Konstpolis, 2006, brons och stål, h. 450 cm. Nordvägen och Flitarvägen rondell, Hagalund. Bild: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Leena Luostarinen, Niilin valtiatar, 1996, olja på duk, h. 250 cm, b. 180 cm, Sellobiblioteket. Bild: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Kain Tapper, Vaalea Kolmio, 1989, skulpterad, målad björk, h. 168 cm, b. 189 cm, Esbo kulturcentrum. Bild: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Den största och äldsta av samlingarna, EMMA – Samlingen för Esbo moderna konstmuseum, påbörjades redan på 1950-talet. Numera finns det över 2 500 verk i det som ursprungligen var Esbo stads konstsamling. År 2002 omvandlades denna till EMMAs samling genom inrättandet av Esbo Konstmuseistiftelse som skulle se till bildkonstverksamheten i staden och utöka samlingarna. Stiftelsen förvaltar konstmuseet som öppnades för allmänheten 2006.

En betydande del av verken i EMMAs samling visas konstant för allmänheten i Esbo, som offentliga monument utomhus eller i foajéer och korridorer i skolor, sjukhus, barndaghem, servicehus, simhallar med mera.

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The Collection was started during the 1950s when the Espoo Primary School Board and the national “Art for Schools” project began to collect art, mainly graphics, for schools. In the 1960s, the responsibility for the City of Espoo’s art purchases eventually came to be transferred to the city’s art committee..

From the 1960s onwards, the collection expanded to include paintings and sculptures. The first works of public art appeared in Espoo’s public spaces: monumental open-air sculptures as well as large murals and textile works. Artists living and working in Espoo were well-represented in art projects and acquisitions, with constructivism, typical in the 1960s and 1970s, as the focal point.
Ernst Mether-Borgström: Diamond, 1970s. 
Ernst Mether-Borgström: Diamond, 1970s, painted steel
The increasingly international climate of the 1980s saw paintings with sumptuously rich colour palette at the fore. Modern sculpture transformed partly into installations or environmental art. Collections expanded during the economic boom also thanks to the practice of allocating a certain percentage of the public construction budget to art, until in the wake of the 1990s recession, art acquisitions from public funds were to become heavily restricted.
Towards the end of the previous millennium, the importance of photography increased, and after the turn of the new century, video installations and media art have gained foothold.
Jorma Puranen: From the series Imaginary homecoming: Untitled, 1991, photogragh
Following the founding of the municipal art gallery, Galleria Otso, in 1985, the collection expanded to include international art, particularly Nordic art. Now on its seventh decade, the collection forms a highly representative sample of Finnish post-war modernism complemented by touches of international colour.
Joan Miró: Série IV, 1952, aquatint and etching