Fused with Nature
July 6th > July 27, 2019
La Patinoire Royale / Galerie Valérie Bach is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Antti Laitinen at the gallery. His work has already been shown in 2016 during the exhibition « Force of Nature » curated by James Putnam. This exhibition has been organized by the European Space for Sculpture (Espace Européen pour la Sculpture) in association with the Embassy of Finland in Brussels in the mark of the Finnish presidency of the Council of the European Union. In parallel with this exhibition, the European Space for Sculpture invited the artist to exhibit in the Park of Tournay-Solvay from July 4 to September 29, 2019 where he will present two artworks commissioned by the association (Nail Trunk and Broken Landscape, in situ interventions) as well as two videos (Marionette and Tree Reconstruction).
Finnish artist born in 1975, Antti Laitinen creates an art of performance, in the tradition of Land Art and Body Art. With irony and absurdity, this young artist offers us a certain vision of Finnish identity. Each action is documented by photographs, videos or objects. Antti Laitinen exhibited at the Biennial of Liverpool (2010), at the 6th Vento Sul Biennale in Brazil (2011), at the 55th Biennial of Venice in 2013. His works are part of Finnish and international collections, including the Saatchi Collection in London, the Saastamoinen Foundation Collection, ArtCenter / Istanbul, HAM - Helsinki Art Museum, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum / Turku Art Museum and the Zabludowicz Collection in London.