Ote / Points of View

EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Areena

In Ote, only one work—Tyko Sallinen’s 1919 painting “Piruntanssi” was displayed from The Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection to invite the public to concentrate and take time with an artwork. The gesture of showing a single artwork in EMMA’s Areena exhibition space challenged the traditional display conventions of a collection often exhibited as an entity.

In addition to focusing on the painting, the exhibition aimed to confront the museum’s institutional framework, notably its nearly standardized setting for modernist painting. By drawing attention to the architectural possibilities of a museum’s ’white cube’, elements of the classical exhibition hall were erased, emphasised or re-worked through the lens of light and sound.

Ote physically located Sallinen’s painting in the middle of the space. Off the wall, there was the potential for multiple approaches and interactions. Via the public programme, audiences were invited to explore and test the many ways of being with an artwork in a museum space. Dancing and dining with the work were some of the ways to stretch the limits of institutional space and behavior. A visit to Ote might have resulted in a moment of sharing with strangers, friends or museum guards.

Public programming
13.1. & 27.1.2016 Learning with the artwork (workshops with Kilonpuisto school)
15.1.2016 at 18–21 Dancing with the artwork
22.1.2016 at 17–19 Listening with the artwork
30.1.2016 at 18–22 Dining with the artwork



The exhibition was curated and produced by Dahlia El Broul, Eva Forsman, Kinga Hamvai, Ksenia Kaverina, Mari Kemppinen, Katie Lenanton, Piia Oksanen, Diogo Santos, Nina Suni, Annukka Vähäsöyrinki and Darja Zaitsev from Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture, in collaboration with sound artist Can Uzer, light designer Ina Saarinen, graphic designer Juho Heikkinen, EMMA museum and the Saastamoinen Foundation Collection. The process was facilitated by Henna Harri from Aalto University and Emilia Laine from EMMA.

Ote / Points of View in EMMA’s website
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Ote / Points of View in Anna magazine

Photos by Darja Zaitsev and Ella Tommila/EMMA