Taru Mäntynen’s sculptures evoke a mythical world in which humans and beasts are equals, wolves dance, and lynxes pause thoughtfully as if waiting for something to happen. Mäntynen’s art is inspired both by the epic tales of The Kalevala and ancient cave paintings. Among the early works including the exhibition are her meticulously rendered portraits of children. A handful of new works are also featured. Mäntynen casts her sculptures in her own workshop. A book about Mäntynen’s art will be published in conjunction with this comprehensive retrospective looking back on her long career.
Photo: Sami Parkkinen: Taru Mäntynen – Merkitty on, 1996, bronze, Riihimäki Art Museum, Tatjana and Pentti Wähäjärvi collection
Also two more exhibitions are on display at the same time at Tampere Art Museum 23.2.-19.5.2019:
The brothers von Wright
Jussi Mäntynen – Tracks in the Forest