The exhibition displays the production of SALONG3+, an artist group that became significant in the Finnish art field during its active years from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Artists Anna-Maija Aarras (b. 1948), Sussi Henrikson (b. 1952) and Ann Sundholm (b. 1961) were members of this influential, Turku-based trio.
SALONG 3+ came to prominence in the art world in an art event called Budka – Avantgardisteja Turusta ja Leningradista (Avant-gardists from Turku and Leningrad), organised in Turku in 1989. The group’s piece Still life was on display in Galerie Grafiart, where it attracted great interest from both the public and the media. The piece consisted of vegetables, fish and pig´s trotters set in gilded frames. The organic matter gradually rotted as the exhibition progressed.
The exhibition shows SALONG 3+’s Velvetti, a series of furniture-like artwork that seduce the viewer with their luxurious velvet and sensual shapes. Pieces from the series SALONG 3+ Dimensions of life are also on display, highlighting different myths about women. The group of artists is also known for their performances. Archived films about the group’s activities and a video produced for the exhibition, in which the artists talk about their work, will be shown in the exhibition.
SALONG 3+ moves masterfully on the boundaries of different art trends. Their art is still topical, comprehensive, visual, and verbal. With the WAM exhibition, the group of artists comes together again and raises a toast to life.
Guided tours in Finnish every Sunday at 14:00 / in Swedish on 26 February, 26 March, 23 April and 21 May at 15:00.
Meet the artists
• 19 February and 26 March at 12:00 SALONG 3+ /Anna-Maija Aarras, Sussi Henrikson, Ann Sundholm
Workshops and courses
• Open art workshops for winter holidays from Tue 21 February to Fri 24 February from 12:00 to 15:00.
• Open art workshops on Sat 11 March, Sat 15 April, Sun 16 April, Sat 6 May and Sun 7 May from 13:00 to 16:00
SALONG 3+ Renaissance 10.2.–21.5.2023
WAM is open between Tue and Sun from 10:00 to 18:00.
Picture (detail): SALONG 3+ Dimensions (of life) Deep Sleep, 1992. Photo: SALONG 3+.