Erró
10 Oct 2014 – 4 Jan 2015

The key figure of Icelandic art, Erró, (Guðmundur Guðmundsson, b. 1932) conquers Turku Art Museum for the remaining year. The retrospective exhibition showcases about 70 paintings and collages dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, giving a good overview of Erró’s art and its themes. Erró’s works critique society, displaying commentary on events in world politics and power relationships. He has repeatedly portrayed historically important persons and drawn inspiration from the tradition of European art. Errós earlier works are still of current interest and it is intriguing to study them in contrast to the values and events of the 21st century. The same world political issues, cliques and clashes still fill our daily news feed.

Erró started as an expressionist and he moved to Paris in 1958 and since then he has followed events in the art world from its center. His career took a new course in 1962 when he started mainly using imagery familiar from pop culture. The visual change in Erró’s art is strongly influenced by the evolution of visual culture and the rise of consumerism and international pop art.

Erró’s way of working generates new and fascinating meanings, consequently shaking traditional narratives. As a basis for his works he uses art and propaganda images, pictures from magazines, cartoons and caricatures. He works in series and uses his massive and still increasing material base to make collages from. Erró’s provocative and baroque works simply overflow with detail. His art is identified by a vivid cacophony made up by a combination of different visual elements.

Turku Art Museum’s exhibition displays for instance the following series: Les Monstres which portrays important cultural and political persons, Tableaux Chinois which follows Chairman Mao’s fictive travels around the world, the puppet-themed Les Poupées, Les Nord-Africaines which is based on old postcards and Les Cosmonauts which depicts American astronauts. The exhibition is produced in cooperation with Reykjavik Art Museum, whose collections the exhibited works belong to.

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