2013-03-01

Den finska konstnären Silja Rantanen besöker Kungl. Konsthögskolan och ger öppna föreläsningar.

Tid: Den 4 mars, kl 16 och den 5 mars kl 14.
Plats: Kungl. Konsthögskolan, föreläsningssalen plan 4, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

Silja_Rantanen_Kuva1_Vihko  Bild: Silja Rantanen

Silja Rantanen (b. 1955) is a Professor of Painting at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Rantanen graduated from the Finnish Art Academy School in 1980. She was an Acting Professor at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm from 1994 to 1995.

Rantanen was one of the first representatives of conceptual painting in Finland in the 1980s. She has held solo exhibitions in art museums in Germany, Russia, Sweden and Norway. She was the Finnish representative at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and was appointed the Artist of the Year of the Helsinki Festival in 1993. The Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere organised a retrospective exhibition of her works in 2011–2012.

Rantanen has been awarded several Nordic prizes, such as the Edstrand Foundation Art Prize in 1994, the Ars Fennica Award in 1996 and the second prize in the Carnegie Art Award Competition in 1999. She was granted the Pro Finlandia medal by the Finnish President in 2005 and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland in 2012.

Currently, Rantanen participates in a show at Lunds konsthall curated by Gertrud Sandqvist under the titel I strömmen. The theme of the show is Hilma af Klint's art and the show also includes some hither unshown pieces by af Klint.