Hidden Gems – Made to Awe Gallery Gao Shan: grand opening exhibition
2.11. 2018 – 10. 12. 2018
Works by four significant Finnish jewelry designers adorn the opening exhibition of the new Gao Shan gallery that specialises in jewelry art and design.
Exhibition Hidden Gems – Made to Awe features jewelry artists Eero Hintsanen, Chao-Hsien Kuo, Heli Kauhanen and Harri Syrjänen. Jewelry creations and visual created by Ding Yi tell stories about life here in Finland.
Showcasing the present and past of Finnish jewelry design side-by-side is the idea here. Already when part of the Russian empire, Finnish goldsmiths were creating the world famous Fabergé eggs. Between 1950s and 1970s the former capital Turku was the cradle of Finnish jewelry design. Today this field is unfortunately asleep. It requires action to keep this field is alive.
Displayed in the jewelry-cum-art gallery and concept store here at Korkeavuorenkatu 5, Helsinki, are the works of rising stars in the field of Finnish jewelry design as well as established names.
Before the gallery Gao Shan was established, two online exhibitions on Finnish jewelry design titled "Hidden Gems” took place during two Helsinki Design Weeks curated by “Vintage Finland” on Instagram. The exhibitions were "Hidden Gems - faces and special items" and "Hidden Gems - faces and special items" volume 2 which was arranged more or less in the form of Finnish vintage jewelry research and showcase blog. In this November, jewelry curator Ding Yi decided to transform the Vintage Finland Instagram account into a real, cornerstone gallery.
The first 1+2 exhibition organized by gallery Gao Shan: In Matter – Sculpted Minds runs from February 15 to March 30. The exhibition presents famous Finnish jewelry artist Jorma Laine's life story through several previously unseen photos from the family album alongside selected exhibits of his jewelry. Two young Finnish jewelry designers, Marika Tiukkanen and Sanna Nuutinen, present their art jewelry in the exhibition.
The 1+2 concept aims to introduce one famous Finnish jewelry designer and two up-and-coming Finnish jewelry designers to create a connection between the past and present. The idea is to give people better access to the meaningful, yet endless and rather obscure field of design where people behind the artworks remain hidden all too often.
The three exhibited jewelry designers use nature as inspiration for their works. Yet they have their own, very recognizable style for sculpting their thoughts into the real world for everyone to experience as modern three dimensional objects.
Jorma Laine is known for his modernist, abstract, even humorous jewelry pieces made in the 1960s and 1970s. Originally very skilled at drawing, trained at Turku drawing school, he gradually developed his own style of jewelry making. Many of his works resemble miniature sculptures.
This exhibition is not about casting a comprehensive look into Jorma Laine's jewelry but to draw a picture of his life through selected photographs from the family album that let you nearer to the person behind the beloved jewelry designs.
Aarikka Fever is colourful and joyful exhibition of selected pieces from Kaija Aarikka's designs over the years. Showcases are items starting from the 1950s until the 1980s that are so much beloved by Finns, from jewelry designs carved into wood to ones moulded in silver.
You can find out more about Aarikka and the story behind these colourful creations that have delighted Finns over the decades.