Pilvi Takala – Suggested Value

2 June – 26 August 2012
Opening: Friday, 1 June 2012,  6 p.m.

Welcome speech: Waltraut Steimke, executive director
Introduction: Stefanie Böttcher, artistic director

THERE ARE RULES regulating how we live together. And just what happens when someone ignores the conventions tacitly laid down by society can be seen in the works of the Finnish artist Pilvi Takala. She herself is usually the main protagonist in performances which she films with a concealed camera and which form the basis for video, photography and installation works and for publications. In these works, the artist approaches and penetrates closed systems, links into existing orders so as to crack their codes. Her preferred sphere of action therefore is public or semi-public space, for example, a shopping centre, the European Parliament or a leisure park. Suggested Value consists of five works which all rotate around issues to do with the value of objects, their genesis, peculiarity and measurability. Pilvi Takala explores the mechanisms inherent in the genesis of value by evaluating the commercial value of a book, examining the importance of intellectual work, or experimenting with cash.

Pilvi Takala (*1981 in Helsinki) lives in Amsterdam and Istanbul. In 2011 she was awarded the Prix de Rome. She has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Kunsthalle Basel, Wiels in Brussels, Moscow Biennial, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Berlin Biennial, Istanbul Biennial and this year;s New Museum Triennial in New York.


13 June 2012, 7 p.m. Worte auf und ohne Bilder Book presentation and reading by Prof. Dr. Michael Glasmeier, art historian
12 July 2012, 7 p.m. Persönlicher (Mehr-)Wert?: An welchen Werten orientieren wir uns? Lecture by Prof. Dr. Reinhold Mokrosch, protestant theologist, University of Osnabrück

Guided tours: 28 June 2012; 2 August 2012, 7 p.m.

The exhibition is being supported by:

PlatzMondriaan fonds


Herzlichen Dank an:

Expo DüsseldorfPlatzGeier-Tronic VideotechnikPlatzFinnland Institut in Deutschland