The Embassy will open this season with a fun-filled show. Kaj Stenvall’s critically acclaimed exhibition “flies” to Washington D.C. on March 16.
Kaj Stenvall created the duck that launched his career in 1989. It has since appeared, in one form or another, in each of his paintings. In its early incarnation, the figure was clearly related to Walt Disney’s Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge. More recently, the likeness has grown more nuanced.
Stenvall’s duck offers us a jumping off point into the multidimensional world of his art. It draws the viewer deep inside his paintings and then, steps aside.
Cultural Counselor Tuula Yrjö-Koskinen is pleased to show the exhibition at the embassy.
''Kaj Stenvall is a wonderful Finnish artist whose beloved duck will transform the embassy into a Birdhouse for all to enjoy. The duck is such an American icon, it will be interesting to see how local audiences react. Stenvall's duck is marvellously thought-provoking and sensuous.''
Stenvall’s most significant efforts involve pop art and surrealism. His paintings return to pop art the figure borrowed from popular culture, and reunite them thematically or stylistically. And while his playfulness and treatment of the absurd may evoke Magritte’s surrealism, Stenvall is perhaps most naturally considered heir to Finland’s own “Turku School” surrealists of the early 20th century.
The exhibition will be open to the public at the Embassy of Finland from March 16 through May 13, 2007.
BIRDHOUSE: Exhibition by Kaj Stenvall
Hours: Daily 11 am-4 pm (including Saturday and Sunday)
The exhibition will be closed on March 22, 23, 27, 29, and on April 6, 7, 8, 9, 24.
Free admission. Street parking.