Akseli Gallen-Kallela Award

Akseli Gallen-Kallela was one of the founding members of the Kalevala Society. An award of EUR 10 000 commemorating his life’s work is awarded every third year to an artist who has expanded, renewed or questioned the expressive language of the visual arts.

Award for 2015 to Artist Pilvi Takala

pilviwinterOn 27 February 2015, the day before Kalevala Day, the Kalevala Society granted the Akseli Gallen-Kallela award to artist Pilvi Takala.

In her works, Pilvi Takala (b. 1981) investigates social structures, cultural and behavioural codes and encounters between people and communities guided by norms, rules and prejudices. In her videos, Takala carries out seemingly harmless interventions, through which she manages to uncover social hierarchies, mechanisms of power, and the unwritten rules of various communities. Her videos have been edited into document-like narratives. These videos are able to elegantly show the arbitrariness of the world, as well as the comical and illogical elements in our behaviour. Read more >

Awardees

2015 – Artist Pilvi Takala
In her works, Pilvi Takala (b. 1981) investigates social structures, cultural and behavioural codes and encounters between people and communities guided by norms, rules and prejudices.

2012 – Sculptor Veikko Hirvimäki
Veikko Hirvimäki (b. 1941) has had a 50 year career as an artist, both as painter and sculptor.

2009 – Sculptor Taru Mäntynen
The works of sculptor Taru Mäntynen (b. 1944) often deal with human beings, animals or their mythical metamorphosis or combination.

2006 – Graphical Artist Antti Tanttu
Antti Tanttu (b. 1963), professor of graphical art, is a versatile artist, skilled in painting, video, film, woodcuts and graphics.