Sami Funke: Beethoven's Horse
Date and time26.10.2021 – 9.1.2022
According to an old and probably apocryphal story, composer Ludwig van Beethoven had wanted a horse of his own, even though his patron at that time had made his own horses freely available for the composer’s use. To prove his independence, Beethoven bought himself the ultimate status symbol of the time. He admired the magnificent animal, but forgot to care for it or feed it, and so eventually it died.
In the exhibition Sami Funke: Beethoven’s Horse, the old story serves as a metaphor for the structural changes that have taken place in Finland. The magnificent old buildings presented in the photo exhibition have become redundant and abandoned. The windows are boarded up with plywood or planks. Some of the buildings have fallen into ruin.
Nevertheless, each building has its own, if often forgotten, story – and this is indeed what piqued the photographer’s interest. Sami Funke points his camera at subjects that are too familiar to be noticed. Documentation is an important part of the artistic expression of the photos.
Museum of Finnish Architecture, Studio
Tue, Thu-Sun 11.00-18.00, Wed 11.00-20.00