In the spring UPM-Kymmene procured Finnish contemporary art in order to complement the company's extensive collection of Finnish art. Currently the Group's collection comprises a total of 2,000 works of art.
The purchases are in connection with "The Spirit of the Forest" exhibition held last autumn in Helsinki. The exhibition featured more than 120 works of art from the company's own collection. In less than a month, over 15,000 people toured the exhibition.
"During the exhibition an idea surfaced that we should complement the collection since there were no works from the 21st century. Therefore, the delegation of the exhibition decided that all income from the admission tickets sold at the exhibition would be used to acquire new Finnish fine art", says Eero Niinikoski, UPM-Kymmene Vice President for cultural affairs.
The chairman of the jury was professor Annika Waenerberg who was also the art expert at "The Spirit of the Forest" exhibition. "The jury emphasized that the new artworks should be conceptually connected to the company's collection in which there are a great deal of commissioned artworks painted during different eras. Another principle was that we would keep the purchases primarily to paintings. Therefore, sculptures and graphics were excluded from this round", Eero Niinikoski says.
A total of 15 different works af art were added to UPM-Kymmene's new collection. One of them, Robert Lucander's newly finished "Kullervo" has already created enthusiasm around Finland. "Kullervo" is a pastiche of a famous painting by the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
Other artists represented in the collection are Anna Retulainen, Paul Osipow, Sami Lukkarinen, Ola Kolehmainen, Ilona Suonio and Pekka Hannula. The artwork by Ola Kolehmainen is a large piece of photographic art of the Arab Institute in Paris. The artworks by Ilona Suonio and Pekka Hannula represent Finnish paper art, which UPM-Kymmene has supported already for over a decade.
16 May, 2002