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Ulla Karttunen Chosen as Finalist in Malamegi Art Competition

Ephemeral sculpture Donna Criminale by the Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen was chosen as finalist in Malamegi Art Competition

Ulla Karttunen: Donna Criminale, installation (toilet paper), 2016

Donna Criminale, the ephemeral sculpture by the artist Ulla Karttunen, was selected as one of the 12 finalists in The Malamegi LAB.8 Art Competition.

The finalists’ works will be shown in Rome at Loft Gallery from 14th September to 5th October 2017; the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

http://www.lab.malamegi.com

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Donna Criminale visits Basel

Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen, shown at ARTBOX.PROJECT Basel 2017

ARTBOX project displays artworks on an oversized screen during Art Basel Week at Euroairport’s event platform Luminator, 14 June – 18 June 2017, Switzerland. The image of installation Donna Criminale, by Ulla Karttunen, is part of this collective digital show.

Ulla Karttunen: Donna Criminale, 2016, installation (toilet paper etc.), 400 x 400 cm. In the image the installation is at exhibition Taboo, by Celeste network, in Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence Ulla Karttunen: Donna Criminale, 2016, installation (toilet paper etc.), 400 x 400 cm. The white gallery environment is from Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence, where, at the exhibition Taboo, the artwork won The Best Project Prize.

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Coming soon: Paris & Basel

collective exhibitions in Paris and Basel; participated by Finnish contemporary artist Ulla KarttunenContemporary art fair at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, 9-11 June 2017, and collective show ARTBOX.PROJECT at Basel artweeks, Eventspace Luminator, Basel 14-18 June 2017; both participated by Ulla Karttunen. The work shown in Basel is Donna Criminale, and in Paris another evil lady, Donna Florale.

 

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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.


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

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London, now!

Ulla Karttunen at ARTROOMS art fair LondonARTROOMS 2017ARTROOMS 2017: Check in to a new Art World


Begins Very Soon: ARTROOMS2017

Artrooms 2017 info, image: Ulla Karttunen's installation Donna CriminaleARTROOMS2017, Meliá White House Hotel, Albany St, Regent’s Park, NW1 3UP London, 21/01/2017 – 23/01/2017, www.art-rooms.org. The image is the backcover of Partnership Magazine (with Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen)

.Article from ARTROOMS2017 in Wonderstreet. In the image Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen.WonderStreet article from ARTROOMS2017. (In the image Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen). See the whole WonderStreet interview with Cristina Cellini Antonini, founder of ARTROOMS .

Article from ARTROOMS2017 in Repubblica, in the image Donna Criminale by Ulla KarttunenArticle from ARTROOMS in Repubblica (in the image Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen). See the whole Repubblica-article.