(UPM, Helsinki, 10 December 2008) - As a result of the Haindl acquisition in 2001, UPM came into possession of an international collection of contemporary art, situated in Southern Germany. The collection includes over 200 works: paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Some 30 most valuable works of the collection were transferred further into possession of UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation.
The collection was accumulated in mid-1980s when neo-expressionist painting was globally filling the exhibition halls with large, emotionally charged pieces.
The focus of the collection is on German art of that era. It includes paintings, drawings and prints from internationally recognized and very highly acclaimed artists, such as Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck and Sigmar Polke.
The works of David Hockney, Per Kirkeby and Frank Stella give the collection a deeper geographical scope, while European classics like Arnulf Rainer, Asger Jorn and Antoni Tàpies give it chronological depth.
Nevertheless, this is a private collection where the handprint of the collectors is clearly visible. It also includes works from lesser known, often Bavarian, artists. The collection gives an interesting insight of what the field of contemporary art looked like in the late 20th century from Southern German perspective.
"Mirrors of Emotion", an exhibition from the collection, presents its pearls to the public for the first time. Over 40 works of the collection are exhibited in Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland in winter 2008–2009 and in Kouvola Art Museum in spring 2009.
"Mirrors of Emotion" until 9 February 2009 at Amos Anderson Art Museum
Address: Yrjönkatu 27, Helsinki, Finland
Until 31 December 2008: Mon–Fri 10–18, Sat & Sun 11–17
From 2 January 2009: Mon, Thurs, Fri 10–18, Tues closed, Wed 10–18, Sat & Sun 11–17