Leena Luostarinen: Tiger Drawer

Helsingin Taidehalli 12.1.–3.3.2013

Sphinxes, ibises, lotuses – and feline beasts, of course. Leena Luostarinen’s long-awaited retrospective exhibition includes classic pieces as well as surprises from the artist’s career spanning 40 years.

Leena Luostarinen’s powerful and colourful paintings have touched and even shocked Finnish art audiences for decades. Produced by the Finnish Art Society, this major retrospective in Kunsthalle Helsinki presents nearly a hundred works, showcasing Luostarinen’s unique character as a painter, both wild and gentle at the same time.

The exhibition showcases the scope of Luostarinen’s career from the breakthrough works of the 1970s to the most recent paintings. In addition to the master of monumental cat pieces, the exhibition also features a more intimate and subtler side of Luostarinen: sensitive watercolours and lyrical paintings that effectively counter-balance the idea of Luostarinen as an explosive expressionist. The show also includes sketchbooks that offer a glimpse into the artist’s creative process.

LEENA LUOSTARINEN – TIGER DRAWER
Editors: Otso Kantokorpi, Päivi Karttunen, Pirkko Tuukkanen. Texts: Otso Kantokorpi, Marja-Terttu Kivirinta, Lasse Saarinen. Publisher: The Finnish Art Society. Finnish, Swedish, English. 158pp. Hardcover. Kariston Kirjapaino Oy, Hämeenlinna, 2013. ISBN 978-952-99260-6-0

Leena Luostarinen: Sfinksi/Sfinx/Sphinx, 2004
Leena Luostarinen: Sphinx, 2004, oil on canvas, 195 x 166 cm, private collection

KUNSTHALLE HELSINKI 12th January – 3rd March 2013
Nervanderinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki
Office: (09) 454 2060 Ticket sales: 040 450 7211
www.taidehalli.fi, info(a)taidehalli.fi
Open: Tue, Thu, Fri from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat, Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon closed
Tickets: 9/6 €, under 18s no charge
The members of the Finnish Art Society: free entrance

JOENSUU ART MUSEUM 9th March – 14th April 2012
Kirkkokatu 23, 80100 Joensuu
Tel. (013) 267 5388, (013) 267 5391, taidemuseo(a)jns.fi
Open: Tue, Thu–Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon
Tickets: 3–5 €, Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. free entrance
The members of the Finnish Art Society: free entrance

SOUTH KARELIA ART MUSEUM 17th September – 8th December 2013
Kristiinankatu 8–10, 53900 Lappeenranta
Tel. 040 587 2274, museot(at)lappeenranta.fi
Open: During the winter season Tue–Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon closed
Tickets: During the winter season 3,50/4,50 €
The members of the Finnish Art Society: free entrance