Exhibition at Felleshus, Nordic Embassies in Berlin until 25th. of September.
According to Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. the wilderness doesn't only belong in natural landscape but exists in our unconsciousness, design, cooking, behaviour and metaverse. In other words, Beyond the wilderness is a metaphor for freedom, spontaneity and dreaming. Counterbalancing the domesticated ideas in design industries such as new neutrality, Klaus Haapaniemi & Co's desire is to rewild and bring wonder to our environment with their positive, future orientated vision.
The exhibition combines new and older work ranging from traditional craft in woodwork, textile and ceramics to digital immateriality. Installation centres around long dining tent, created to host artist dinners with chef's experimental menu and Iittala setting. The exhibition will also showcase new collaborations with German ceramic tile manufacturer Golem, Swedish crystal company Målerås, Klaus riesling by Friedrich Becker and AR by VR4 Content.
For Exhibition 10 at STUDIO 4 BERLIN, Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. return with their new collection Puu (transl. “Tree”), which is inspired by a special tree that is over 400 years old and known for its spiritual forces. For centuries, this tree has attracted people, particularly women, drawn by the supernatural. In the past, they were often labeled as witches and ended up being burned alive. In its core, the new collection is an ode to these women with a connection to the deepest secrets and forces of nature.
Klaus Haapaniemi & Co's designs are presented alongside rare Asian antiquities, such as a Chinese opium bed and a cloisonné alabaster lamp from the late Qing/early Republican era (19th century). Chairs from the Biedermeyer period have been specifically upholstered with fabrics designed by Klaus Haapaniemi & Co., uniting contemporary art with classical design of the late 19th century.
On occasion of the exhibition, Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. commissioned a video-work by Finnish photographer and film-maker Perttu Saksa as well as a kaleidoscopic animation by 3D-artist and motion-designer Vilja Achté with music by Timo Kaukolampi and Tuomo Puranen; both films are on view during the evening hours at STUDIO 4 BERLIN.
12 November — 23 December 2021
Wed. to Fri. 12—6pm
and by appointment
6 November — 19 December 2020
curated by Mia Wallenius & Anne Schwarz
Together with the ‘Himmelblau’ printmaking workshop in Tampere, Haapaniemi has produced a nine-part series of etchings entitled ‘Xenia’ over the past few years, which will be exhibited alltogether for the first time at STUDIO 4 BERLIN. Fish, sea creatures, birds, snails and insects, mushrooms and fruits inhabit these whimsical and narrative compositions - frogs hide in open shells and flowers, a screeching purple rooster poses on an octopus head. Mika Minetti, head of culture at the Finnland-Institut, writes: “The artist created this series with drypoint and aquatint, drawing directly on metal plates without preliminary sketches. For each colour appearing in the etchings, a separate plate was prepared and then printed in the renowned ‘Himmelblau’ printmaking workshop in Tampere, Finland. These unique compositions spin together elements from his magical universe that comprises design, visual arts and luxurious fashion.”
A limited edition leporello leaflet with a text by Mika Minetti will be available at the exhibition.
You are welcome to visit the gallery at Krumme Straße 35 - 36 in Berlin Charlottenburg: open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment.