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Opening in Bologna

Exhibition Art Experience, Galleria Wikiarte, Bologna 2017

Collective exhibition Art Experience opens at Galleria Wikiarte in the center of Bologna, Italy, Saturday April 22. Curator of the exhibition: Deborah Petroni. The event will be presented on the opening night by the art critic and historian Dr. Francesca Bogliolo. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a catalog.

The show presents two new digital collages by Ulla Karttunen, “The Thief of the Eye”, and “Uma, Lady of the Mountains”.

Let’s take a quote from one of my favorite aesthetic thinkers, John Dewey, the pragmatist philosopher who writes in his book Art as Experience: “An experience is a product, one might almost say bi-product, of continuous and cumulative interaction of an organic self with the world. There is no other foundation upon which esthetic theory and criticism can build.”


Donna Criminale in STATE/F22

ARTROOMS2017 info in State Magazine 23, in the image Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen

This info about ARTROOMS 2017 (in the image Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen) was published in London-based art magazine State/F22: hot and cool art, issue 23. The magazine can be found here.

State magazine 23


Iconic Black Madonna visited London

The Madonna of the Apricot and the Snake, by artist Ulla Karttunen, ARTROOMS2017 London

A new velvet version of an older work, The Madonna of the Apricot and the Snake, invited visiters to touch the canvas at ARTROOMS2017 in London.

The work was first exhibited in the exhibition Ecstatic Women [Ekstaattisia naisia], at the gallery of Helsinki Art Museum HAM 2008 (the work was also printed to the invitation card), and then as a new aluminium-mounted diasec at Ulla’s large solo show The Divine: Sanctifiers from the Dark Planet (Jumalaiset: pyhittäjänaisia pimeältä planeetalta] at The Joensuu Art Museum 2011.

In the following years the work has become an iconic representation of  contemporary black madonnas, seen in different occasions, from media-star Oprah’s Twitter-account to articles of the mystery cult of black madonnas. The image is quite popular in pinterest, many times pinned anonymously without reference to artist’s or artwork’s name, like here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/189151253071567264/ (+551 boards), but many times also with, like here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/416160821790674623/ (pinned in over 600 boards), or here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/399272323199788152/ (+235 boards), or here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/38702878023636871/) with a text:

“”The Madonna of the Apricot and the Snake” by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen. Wow. Magnetic. Has seen things, terrible and full of awe. What you think of her doesn’t matter. Apricot: likely the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden. In the Renaissance, an aphrodisiac and inducer of childbirth. Sweet fruits were ”pleasant encouragement for good.” She offers us the most pleasant, succulent, golden fruit, soft and lush. The serpent of wisdom and power hovers in the periphery of her vision.”

Ulla Karttunen: The Madonna of the Apricot and the Snake Ulla Karttunen: The Madonna of the Apricot and the SnakeBlack Madonnas by Ulla Karttunen at the Joensuu Art Museum solo show  At The Joensuu Art Museum the Black Madonnas stayed in a hall painted black for the occasion, lit by a chandelier made from barbed wire


London images III: Bathroom Section

Donna Criminale –bathroom at ARTROOMS 2017, London, by artist Ulla KarttunenDonna Criminale –bathroom at ARTROOMS 2017, London, by artist Ulla KarttunenDonna Criminale –bathroom at ARTROOMS 2017, London, by artist Ulla KarttunenDonna Criminale –bathroom at ARTROOMS 2017, London, by artist Ulla Karttunen Bathrooms were also used for art installations at ARTROOMS2017 art fair, London.


Lucian silmät

Lucian silmät, design Ulla KarttunenPublished: Lucian silmät (The eyes of Lucy), a novel by Maaria Oikarinen, publisher Arktinen banaani. Design by Ulla Karttunen. Cover art: Thorn Eye II.Lucian silmät, design Ulla KarttunenIlmestynyt: Maaria Oikarisen Lucian silmät -romaani, kustantaja Arktinen banaani. Design Ulla Karttunen. Kannen taideteokset: Okasilmä I & II.


London images II

ARTROOMS2017 London, Melia White House Hotel, room by artist Ulla Karttunen. Lontoo / ARTROOMS taidemessut Melia White House –loistohotellissa 2017, taiteilija Ulla Karttusen huone oli punainenStrange light (by Ulla Karttunen), at ARTROOMS2017 art fair in Melia White House Hotel, London. ARTROOMS showed this year works from 90 selected artists from 35 countries across Europe, Canada, USA, South America and Far East. A visitor was dressed to match the colours of art / ARTROOMS2017 London, room by artist Ulla KarttunenGuests, are they part of art? This visitor (above) at ARTROOMS2017 was dressed exactly to match the reds and blacks of Ulla’s art.  Madonna of Ruby Tears (a detail), by Ulla Karttunen, ARTROOMS2017 LondonSeries Red, and different catalogues, ARTROOMS2017 London, room by artist Ulla Karttunen ARTROOMS2017 London: reflections from the window in the artwork “Blind Spot Society” by Ulla KarttunenThe Colour of Blood, a detail [torn paper, ketchup, digital print mounted on aluminium], by Ulla KarttunenFlowing, a detail [nail polish, digital print], by Ulla Karttunen


London images I

The room by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen at ARTROOMS 2017 in LondonA detail in a room by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen at ARTROOMS 2017 in LondonAudience really loved Ulla’s works at innovative ARTROOMS2017 art fair in London / Ulla Karttunen / Melia White House Hotel January 2017ARTROOMS2017 London: Ulla Karttunen, a contemporary artist from Finland in her red art roomARTROOMS2017 Lonon: from the red room by Ulla Karttunen

/// ARTROOMS 2017 Melia White House Hotel London


Those eyes

Thorn Eye II/ Okasilmä II, 2017, by Ulla Karttunen, on show in Los Angeles at LACDA. The image is the cover artwork for Lucian silmät by Maaria Oikarinen (Arktinen banaani 2017)The yellow version of Thorn Eye (2017), by Ulla Karttunen, is on show in the exhibition Electron Salon, L.A. center for Digital Arts, Los Angeles, until February 18, 2017.

The image will be published soon as a book cover of a spectacular new novel, telling of a female artist’s life: Lucian silmät (The eyes of Lucia) by Maaria Oikarinen.


What is this light

Ulla Karttunen: Ring of Fire I-III, Tulikehä I-III, pigment print on aluminium  Ulla Karttunen: Ring of Fire I-III, Tulikehä I-III, pigment print on aluminium

Opening: Ihana valo [Marvelous Light], 8th February at 5-7pm, Taidelainaamo 8.2.-8.3.2017 Helsinki.


The room was red

Ulla Karttunen: Strange Light, 2017, 190 x 150 cm Ulla Karttunen: Strange Light, 2017, 190 x 150 cm

really cool   /  brilliant  /  amazing  /  incredible  /  fantastic  /  wonderful

very different than others  /  mysterious  /  talented  /  this is the best

epic  /  reminds me of Frida Kahlo   /  great  /  wow, wow, wow

I love this  / effective (with mouths open)  /  lovely  /  this is perfection

Thus spoke the visitors in Ulla Karttunen’s red bedroom at ARTROOMS 2017 art fair, Melia White House Hotel, London

Fantastic audience, great platform and event.