The receiver of the Didrichsen Pro Arte award for 2016, chosen from among today’s young artists, is the painter Tamara Piilola, whose large canvases of imaginary landscapes present viewers with startling experiences of nature. These detailed views, full of mystery and light, colour and verdancy, draw viewers to their essence and idea. Didrichsen now joins the group of major art museums in Tamara Piilola’s more than ten-year long career. For her award-winning exhibition, Piilola places her landscapes in dialogue with the Museum’s architecture and verdant setting over the summer of 2016.
The previous winners of the Didrichsen Pro Arte award are graphic artist Sari Bremer in 2003 and sculptor Kim Simonsson in 2009. The award is chosen by a jury, which in 2016 was chaired by Jarno Peltonen, chairman of the Didrichsen Art Foundation, the other members being chief curator Maria Didrichsen and curator Otto Selén from the Didrichsen Art Museum, gallerist Pauli Heino from Gallery Heino and curator Mikko Oranen from the Helsinki Art Museum HAM. The award includes a stipend, exhibition with catalogue and work acquisition.
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