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                          ITE COLLECTION

The highlights of Finnish contemporary folk art
available for the entire museum sector

The collection of Finnish contemporary folk art, “ITE art”, owned by the Union for Rural Culture and Education, is the largest and most diverse of its kind in Finland. It features wood sculptures, works produced with mixed media, paintings, collages, entities consisting of series of pieces as well as photographs.

The collection has grown since the late 1990s through acquisitions of art directly from artists and receiving pieces from artists' heirs. There are works by 50 artists in the collection, although the total is closer to one hundred when also including artists whose work is displayed in photographs as well.

SCULPTURES AND SERIES AS ENTITIES

The ITE collection consists of approximately 350 works of art. In actuality, this number is much higher as it covers installations made of several parts, such as Jorma Pihl's series of animal figures, Ilmari "Imppu" Salminen's drawings and Risto Pelkonen's bark villagers of Tuohela ("Barkham").

Of the "classic" ITE artists, the ones with the broadest presence are Väinö Oja and Petri Martikainen, as well as the late Martti Hömppi, Timo Peltonen and Ilmari Salminen.

In 2013, the collection grew considerably when German-Finnish doctors Maija and Volker Dallmeier donated almost a hundred Polish wood sculptures depicting religious themes to the collection.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

Photographic series by professional photographers are a significant part of the ITE collection; they showcase ITE artists, their living environments and works. The photographers exhibited in the collection include Pekka Agarth, Veli Granö, Jaakko Heikkilä, Juha-Pekka Inkinen, Tuomas Jääskeläinen, Jan Kaila, Martti Kapanen, Jouko Lehtola, Arto Liiti, Esko Männikkö, Mikko Savolainen and Nina Tuittu.

The photo series feature ITE artists such as Enni Id, Aune Kinnunen, Veijo Rönkkönen, Elis Sinistö, Seppo Suomensyrjä, Jukka Säntti and Ensio Tuppurainen.

ITE COLLECTION TOURS AND MOVES

The ITE collection is kept at the K.H. Renlund Museum in Kokkola, where it is also on display in changing exhibitions. The museums council in Kokkola is the only one in Finland to employ a professional dedicated to contemporary folk art – an ITE museum curator.

Works from the ITE collection have been loaned for exhibitions at museums and galleries in Finland and abroad, including in cities like Berlin, Budapest, London, Moscow, Paris, Rotterdam, Tallinn, in the Nordic countries, and at most of the major art museums in Finland.

It is also possible to create exhibitions where ITE art is shown alongside contemporary art. This has already been done successfully at the art museums in Kerava, Salo, Kotka and Lapinlahti in the past few years. Museums can have works on a long-term loan from the ITE Museum for exhibitions with a special theme, for example.

THE DATABASE SUPPORTS BORROWERS

The works in the ITE collection are being catalogued in an electronic DigITE database that can be accessed at www.itenet.fi. The Union for Rural Culture and Education has received funding for developing the database and cataloguing from the Ministry of Education and Culture. Users can be given a researcher ID for the database that grants them wider accessibility.

OWNER OF THE ITE COLLECTION

The Union for Rural Culture and Education

Eerikinkatu 28

FI-00180 Helsinki

For collaboration, please contact:

Helka Ketonen, Director for Cultural Affairs

helka.ketonen@msl.fi

Tel. +358 9751 2020


ITE MUSEUM

Pitkänsillankatu 28

FI-67101 Kokkola

https://www.kokkola.fi/kulttuuri/museot


FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COLLECTION, PLEASE CONTACT

K.H.Renlund Museum / ITE Arts Centre

Elina Vuorimies, ITE Museum Curator

elina.vuorimies(a)kokkola.fi

Tel. +358 44780 94 78

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