Selected Works

In Need of a Guardian

Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland, 7 September – 1 October 2017

Anne Koskinen (born 1969) is an artist whose works are conceptual and analytical, involving complex and structured ideas. They are always realised in extremely fine ways, often appealing not only to the sense of sight but also to touch. And of course, to thought. The exhibition In Need of a Guardian features drawings in gold, silver and bronze pencil of girls on the threshold of adulthood. On display alongside the drawings are sculptures in stone that are related to them. In both the drawings and the sculptures Koskinen has studied what is required, or how little is enough, for the viewer to comprehend the form and subject of a work – what it ‘represents’. On show in the basement will be the Guardians, child figures sculpted in candlelight that can also be viewed in candlelight or ambient light. ‘In a sense, I sculpted light,’ says Koskinen.

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Foundlings

"Solo", Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland, 7 – 31 August 2014

The German word Findling means both a foundling child and a boulder transported glacially during the last Ice Age. The main narrative theme of these sculptures of natural stone depicting children is the experience of being abandoned. […]

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Reflection – Sculptures and Drawings

"Reflection – Sculptures and Drawings", Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne, Germany, 17 January – 28 February 2015

Anne Koskinens Holz-, Bronze- und Steinskulpturen, ihre Aquarelle und ihre Zeichnungen mit Gold stehen immer in direktem Bezug zu ihrer Biografie und Lebenswelt. Die unterschiedlichen Werkgruppen zeugen von großer Souveränität im Umgang mit Idee, Technik und Material. Die Ausstellung gibt einen Überblick über die letzten 15 Jahre ihrer künstlerischen Arbeit

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Solo

"Solo", Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland, 7 – 31 August 2014

Anne Koskinen (born 1969) continues her work of sculpting ”back yard” stones. One of her themes involves works called Findlings – referring to both foundlings and boulders moved by the ice sheet of the last Ice Age.

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The Nuclear Physicist's Apple

The Finnish State Art Commission, VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

What would a nuclear physicist do, if presented with an apple? Isaac Newton is said to have discovered gravity upon seeing an apple falling from a tree. A sculptural installation stands outside the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s Centre for Nuclear Safety. It features apples, hewn from stone, that seem to have appeared from nowhere.

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Installations, Sculptures, Paintings

"Men – Any Feelings?", Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland, 22 February – 20 April 2014

Anne Koskinen’s (born 1969) Last Meal series (2008) immortalizes the dramatic ending of the last meal with the aid of mice caught in traps. Koskinen paints and sculpts works of art whose themes explore both likeness and the symbolic dimensions of the world. Melancholy and humour accompany each other in these works. Tampere Art Museum, 2014

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Nameless Foundlings

"Levottomuudet", Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland, 18 January – 16 March 2014

This work takes as its starting point the Southwest Finnish landscape of glacially transported boulders, Bronze Age cairns and stone formations piled on ancient shorelines. Considerations of the origins of the image and natural stone as a material for images merge with the theme of the foundling. Abandonment becomes the main narrative theme of an installation made of natural stones moved by the Ice Age.

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Foundlings I

First shown in: “Anne Koskinen”, Galleria Orton, Helsinki, Finland, 8 January – 2 February 2013

In her most recent works Anne Koskinen has turned her attention to stones found from her own backyard. The artist is fascinated by the opportunities of this material for creating images. […] Anne Koskinen makes her works completely by herself from start to finish, for she wants to bear witness, with her own hands, to the ways in which an image begins to appear in natural material.

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No Time for Lover

Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland, 6 –30 September 2012

Solo show. Koskinen occasionally receives emails from a Chinese company offering assistance in making sculptures to give the artist more time for travel or to be with her family or lover. But to delegate sculpting does not suit Koskinen’s manner of working. Many important solutions emerge during the work and concern the properties of the material. Therefore, Anne Koskinen makes her sculpture herself.

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Andrei from Kummelskär

"No Time for Lover", Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland, 6 –30 September 2012

Andrei from Kummelskär is one of the marble sculptures in the exhibition No Time for Lover.

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Last Meal (Karuna 4.12.-15.12.2008)

First shown in: “mURBAN”, Artborg 35, Nikkilä, Sipoo, Finland, 26 June – 30 August 2009

The installation Last Meal (Karuna 4.12.-15.12.2008) consists of 13 bronze casts of mice in mouse traps. The sculptures are dated according to the day the animals were killed
 on the artist’s farm in Karuna, Finland.

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Beyond the old border

"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother", Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland, 12 June - 31 August 2011

The sculpture installation Beyond the old border (Munakukkula) is based on my father’s notes, drawings and photographies he made in the front during the Winter and Continuation Wars in 1939-1944. The work was on show in the exhibition Honor Thy Father and Thy Father – Kunnioita isääsi ja äitiäsi curated by Otso Kantokorpi.

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After the Storm

"Tuttuja ja outoja lintuja", Kuopio Art Museum, Kuopio, Finland, 27 May – 2 October 2011

Installation with sculptures in storm felled trees and bronze casts of dead birds

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Reflections

First shown in: Ars Fennica 2010, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 8 October – 12 December 2010

Reflections (2009-) is a series of oil paintings combined with photography.

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In my own hand

Ars Fennica 2010, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 8 October – 12 December 2010

Anne Koskinen captures photographs in paintings and optician’s eye charts in sculptures. She is interested in the issues of the original, the copy and the durability of materials. Is a mechanically produced original image more valuable than a hand-made copy? Which will endure longer? The slowly produced works have their starting point in conceptual issues, but the motifs are often autobiographical and sometimes humorous. Sanna Hirvonen/Kiasma

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Uninvited Visitors

Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland, 10 – 28 November 2010

Solo exhibition by invitation of the Association of Finnish Sculptors

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Last Meal (Karuna 23.8.2008-3.12.2008)

First shown in: Retrospective in Helsinki City Art Museum Tennis Palace, Helsinki, Finland, 28 November 2008 – 25 January 2009

The installation Last Meal consists of 13 bronze casts of mice and a rat in mouse or rat trap.

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Anne Koskinen - Familie Koskinen

Retrospective in Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Helsinki, Finland, 28 November 2008 – 25 January 2009

The works of the artist Anne Koskinen (1969, Helsinki) include paintings, drawings, sculptures and bronze casts. Many of her works are multipart installations.

Koskinen is often inspired by her personal experiences and situations in life. She examines and reiterates her experiences and applies the highest technical mastery even to works that deal with tragic emotions. The spare appearance of her art conceals conceptual insights and humour. Often the subjects of her studies are the practices and philosophy of art. She is, for instance, interested in how an original is distinguished from its copy.
Anne Koskinen has shown her works in solo exhibitions since 1996. She has a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki’s master’s programme in fine arts. In addition to her artistic work, Koskinen has taught and held a professorship at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The exhibition is a retrospective of her work that covers her entire career. Sanna Hirvonen/Helsinki Art Museum, 2008

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Stone

Public art work in Helsinki, Uutela, Finland, 2008 (2003)

In 2003 Anne Koskinen won the Uutela environmental art competition held by the City of Helsinki and the Helsinki City Art Museum. The work consists of one original stone and three bronze casts.

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Anaesthetic relation

Anaesthetic Relation

First shown in: Galleria K, Huittinen, Finland, 4 – 29 August 2004

The works at Galleria K in Huittinen make up a whole whose main theme is anaesthetic relation. Just like everyday life, the process of creating these works both requires and also causes numbness and lack.

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La Grande Dame

La grande Dame

First shown in: FORUM BOX, Helsinki, Finland, 26 September – 19 October 2003

In her latest works, Anne Koskinen turns to grand emotions and dreams. The exhibition tells about the things that can happen on a journey with someone else. Let La grande dame intoxicate you.

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DEUS PROTECTOR NOSTER

First shown in: PORI ART MUSEUM PROJECT ROOM, Pori, Finland, 1 February – 10 March 2002

The piece consists of roadkill she has found along the route between Pori and Helsinki, which she has cast in bronze. The bronze pieces have a timeless subtlety to them, while they also function as topical reminders of the impact our actions have on nature.

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Autoportraits

First shown in: Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, 29 March – 22 April 2001

Koskinen’s series Autoportraits comprises bronze-casts of her own self-portrait paintings. The original works can no longer be seen because they were destroyed in the process of making the moulds. Koskinen has burnished the surface of her bronze pieces to shine like a mirror: as a result, the works are not merely self-portraits of the artist but of each viewer, too. Helsinki Art Museum, 2008

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Sculpture

First shown in: Galerie Artek, Helsinki, Finland, 11 – 30 September 1998

The series Sculptures comprises Koskinen’s sculptural copies of other artists’ paintings. Her detailed facsimiles made from birch reveal the topography of the paintings and the details of their backgrounds: brushstrokes, wedged stretchers, pins, nails and folds in the canvas. Only the painted image is absent. She has transformed paintings made to be looked at into sculptures that appeal to the sense of touch. Helsinki Art Museum, 2008

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Lost Objects

Public artwork in Wolfach, Germany, 1996 – 1997

Lost Objects is an multipart installation in the bank Sparkasse Wolfach in Germany. The work consists of granite, marble, brass, copper and steel sculptures.

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I cannot come

First shown in: Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, 12 – 30 June 1996

The exhibition in the gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts is an attempt to encounter that which is absent. Anne Koskinen explores the material at hand both tangibly and visually, by carving wood by hand, by painting, copying. The works are the result of a contemplative effort, an attempt to approach that which is absent by a variety of methods.

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Tag um Tag guter Tag

Signed Anne Koskinen 1997 Freiburg

First shown in: Anne Koskinen – Familie Koskinen, Helsinki City Art Museum Tennis Palace, Helsinki, Finland, 28 November 2008 – 25 January 2009

Tag um Tag guter Tag (‘Day by day a good day’) comprises six oil paintings, two of which were made by Anne Koskinen’s teacher, the artist Peter Dreher. One of the oil paintings is a copy of a Dreher painting by Koskinen. Koskinen also created three paintings depicting the same drinking glass portrayed in Dreher’s paintings. Helsinki Art Museum, 2008

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Zugfahrt (Train trip)

First shown in: “Conceptio”, Stoa, City of Helsinki Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 1994

The installation consists of 50 slides and texts in files showing a train trip from Freiburg to Mainz and what happens when an older man meets a young woman.

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Studio practice

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