Turun Taidegraafikoiden 90 v. juhlavuoden ohjelman Italian yhteisnäyttely Il Bisonten grafiikanarkiston galleriassa Firenzessä 12.10.-4.11.2023
Turku Printmakers Association
Galleria Il Bisonte
Turku Printmakers Association has brought an exhibition Mezzanotte of contemporary printmaking from Turku Finland to Galleria d’arte Il Bisonte
The story behind the name ”Mezzanotte” tells about the long period of winter darkness in Finland, the often used printing ink in prints; the BLACK, and the exhibition coming from the North (in old Italian mezzanotte also meaning NORTH).
The exhibition shows a special variety of prints from 23 artists, and gives a good glimpse in contemporary printmaking in Finland right now. Artist presenting Turku Printmakers in Il Bisonte are:
Maija Albrecht, Annika Dahlsten, Markku Haanpää, Saija Hairo, Anu Halmesmaa, Annette Hammaren, Katri Ikävalko, Petra Kallio, Nina Kerola, Sirkku Ketola, Miina Laine, Lotta Leka, Sara Manninen, Jone Mutka, Eliisa Määttälä, Inari Raaterova, Taru Salonen, Katja Syrjä, Panu Thursberg, Aino Toivettula, Tiina Vainio, Jirko Viljanen and Merja Ylitalo.
Mezzanotte is the second collaborative exhibition between Turku Printmakers and the Il Bisonte foundation, the purpose of which is to create a profitable interaction between European art and cultural institutions. The first exhibition The Bison Footprint was held in Turku Galleria Joella, in fall 2022, presenting works by twenty graphic artists who attended the Il Bisonte International School in Florence, Italy in the 90s or later.
The Bison Footprint exhibition in Turku was part of the twin city celebration year of the cities of Turku and Florence. Mezzanotte in Il Bisonte is a continuum to the fertile collaboration between Turku Printmakers Association and Fondazione Il Bisonte.
Turku Printmakers association is a regional artist organization the aim of which is to promote graphic art and to bring printmaking to public attention. There are more than 100 members in the association and it is a member of The Union of Finnish Art Associations which is the umbrella organisation for art associations in Finland.
Turku Printmakers’ Association has an art gallery Gallery Joella, situated by the river Aura, and a print shop with a large selection of works of the members. The association also maintains a printmaking studio which is situated in Taiteen talo in Turku. The studio is aimed for the association’s member artists and also other persons mastering graphic methods. The association organizes annual courses on various graphic techniques in the studio.