The artists of the Arabia Art Department Society are featured in the new exhibition “Atelier Life,” on view at the Hvitträsk Museum in Finland through September.
Hvitträsk was designed by the architect trio Gesellius, Lindgren, and Saarinen, who fell in love with the scenery at Lake Vitträsk and built their own studio-home there, in the National Romantic style. Completed in 1903, this comprehensive work of art and design offers a unique environment for the presentation of contemporary Finnish ceramics.
“Atelier Life” was organized as part of the Arabia Art Department Society’s 20th Jubilee, and features work by Pekka Paikkari, Heini Riitahuhta, Kristina Riska, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Kim Simonsson, Jasmin Anoschkin, Caroline Slotte, Sakari Kannosto, Marianne Huotari and Heikki Orvola. The Arabia Art Department Society was founded twenty years ago to continue the cultural heritage of the initial Art Department, founded in 1932. This exhibition serves as a reminder of a time when Hvitträsk was the center of communal studio work, a century ago.