Daniel Buren at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki
The world-renowned French artist Daniel Buren takes over EMMA’s exhibition space during spring 2022. Buren, who is known for his radical, in situ practice will create an entirely new installation for EMMA. The in situ work will build on the horizontal and open features of the museum’s architecture, along with its natural light.
For EMMA, Buren has created an enormous new work Les Paravents consisting of countless folding screens, inviting visitors to take a walk through the zigzagging maze. In this site-specific piece, the screens embody Buren’s signature themes of impermanence and mutability.
The exhibition will also spill outside the walls of the museum with a line-up of open-air events and interventions. A week before the opening, Buren’s signature vertical stripes enlivened Helsinki’s and Espoo’s winter landscape on over 300 JCDecaux billboards across the two cities.
Also featured is Ployer/Déployer, an open-air piece of 105 striped flags to fill Espoo’s Tapionaukio square in May. Buren’s famous stripes will additionally appear on the sails of optimist dinghies competing in a regatta on Nuottaniemi Bay in a piece called Sail/Canvas – Canvas/Sail (Voile/Toile – Toile/Voile), organised in collaboration with the Espoo Pursiseura Yacht Club EPS.
The exhibition is curated by Arja Miller in collaboration with Simon Friese.
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland