Kimmo pyykkö, artist

Kimmo Pyykkö broke through in the 1960s with his sculpture made of junk metal which displays a cosmopolitan touch combined with the conceptualization of the climaxes in human life. Finishing and the power of expression have continued to characterize his creativity since then.

Pyykkö has been recognized with several remarkable awards including a professorship and the Pro Finlandia medal in 2008. The most important recognition will be Kimmo Pyykkö’s personal art museum to be built in Kangasala. The cultural centre of Kangasala with its adjoining art museum is designed by Arkkitehtuuritoimisto Heikkinen-Komonen Oy. The buildings will form an architecturally significant, timeless and functional complex.

The collection of the art works to be housed in the museum will cover Pyykkö’s work comprehensively. The collection will include sculpture, bas reliefs in different materials from the 1960s until today, his collection of our presidents from Paasikivi to Halonen in sculpture, the archives and other materials. The collection will be supplemented by fresh samples of Pyykkö’s creative work.

Official Kimmo Pyykkö site

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at first Björn Weckström, artist

Welcome to life of the Modern Art and Design. In a future you`ll find here stories and links to modern art and design. Part one: Björn Weckström Sculptor, Jewerly Designer and Artist.

Björn Weckström at home.

Björn Weckström may be considered primarily a sculptor by some, or a jewelry designer or perhaps a painter by others. He seems to master whatever it is that he focuses on. He is also one of the most charismatic and cosmopolitan personalities of the Finnish art world. In his jewelry and sculpture the presence of the material used is prominent. They reach out to the universe or mythic depths, ancient eras, modernity and future in ways that are beyond imitation.

The artist, who was awarded with the title of professor in 1986, has radically combined silver and acryl and used stone, bronze and glass. The latest exhibition of his works in glass was held in Helsinki in 2010. The best known of his jewelry is Planetaariset laaksot designed for Lapponia in 1969. This piece of jewelry adorned Princess Leia in the film Star wars in 1977.

Official Björn Weckström site