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The Superficial Finland 2019 – open art competition for Finnish artists and graphic designers

Cultural and Congress Center Tampere Hall Ltd held an art competition for Finnish artists in celebration of the Andy Warhol (1928–1987) Posters exhibition summer 2019. In the Superficial Finland 2019 art competition, Finnish artists and graphic designers were able to showcase their own interpretations of Andy Warhol’s art traditions for modern day Finland. A collection of the best entries are available for sale in Tampere Hall in connection with the Andy Warhol exhibition. In addition, the three best works were awarded prizes of €1000 (1st prize), €500 (2nd prize) and €300 (3rd prize).

The art competition explores how Finnish phenomena such as events, characters, experiences or brands could be transformed into art in the spirit of Andy Warhol in 2019. The aim was to put a spotlight on the creativity of the works and their ability to portray Finland as it is today. The competition was not looking for direct copies of Andy Warhol’s works but rather appreciates the ability to creatively apply Andy Warhol’s artistic traditions.

The Superficial Finland 2019 art competition jury embodies a selection of Finnish artists and influencers from the fields of science, culture and business. Pauli Aalto-Setälä, chairman of the jury, is eagerly awaiting to see the competitive works from Finnish artists.

– Andy Warhol was one of the greats. Warhol could transform everyday, banal and iconic bits of life into art, from such things as an electric chair, a tomato soup can and Chairman Mao. It is captivating to see what this trailblazing, blended mixture of pop art, political correctness and high culture will reveal for the Finnish people. What are we no longer allowed to laugh at, and where is the beauty within the ugly?

Superficial Finland 2019 art competition jury

Pauli Aalto-Setälä, managing director and work-life professor
Other members:
Manuela Bosco, artist
Juhani Kansi, executive producer
Rosa Meriläinen, secretary-general and author
Karri ”Paleface” Miettinen, rap-artist and author
Taina Myllyharju, museum director
Joonas Nordman, actor and scriptwriter
Ville Pirinen, animation artist
Katri Soramäki, executive director
Jussi Tuulensuu, editor-in-chief
Esko Valtaoja, professor emeritus

Additional information about the Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Posters exhibition

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