Storage-A prologue To Venice Biennale, Forum Box 2011
A starting point for Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s exhibition project is the wooden Finnish Pavilion in Venice designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, and its role and character as a stage for Finnishness. The exhibition at gallery Forum Box views the artist’s relationship to national representation in a different setting. At the basis for Rannikko’s exhibition is an idea of a fictional painting exhibition in the space. ‘The imaginary exhibition and the works exhibited highlight the question of ownership, authorship and presentation, as well as their relationship to the current exhibition venue. Forum Box is a former warehouse and acts as a prologue to the Venice Biennale. The exhibition can be interpreted as a laboratory or as a warehouse of ideas,’ says artist Vesa-Pekka Rannikko.