THE END OF THE ARTWORLD AS WE KNOW IT
05 April 2017, Pepino
According to the Apocalypse, Armageddon is the location of a gathering of armies for a battle during the end times. It can also refer to any end of the world scenario.
The artworld has dediced to call 2017 Artmageddon because Venice Biennale, Documenta and Skulptur Projekte Münster take place during the year, which happens only once in a decade.
I’ve never visited any of these exhibitions except Venice Biennale in 2000. I jumped over the fence of Giardini because I didn’t have an invitation to the opening. I carried a bag with cake base and cream to pie Harald Szeeman, the curator of the show, but unfortunately I couldn’t find my target.
You can’t have the cake and use it for pieing authorities. Now I’m older and I prefer to eat the cake at home. Even if I had an invitation to all these openings and money to spend for traveling, I wouldn’t go. Both the art world and the art bore me. I think I’ve seen enough art and now I prefer making it. And I prefer Sunday family lunches to art parties. However, I wish that Documenta is not destroyed in Artmageddon - I hope that my work will be included in 2022.
28 March 2017, Pepino
I’m the greatest artist of our times but I don’t get the fame that I deserve. I hate the art world.
I’m the greatest artist of our times but I don’t get the fame that I deserve. However, the future art history will place me on the top.
I’m a mediocre artist and I have more fame than I deserve.
As artist I’m playing an important role in the society and the fight for justice and truth.
My art doesn’t make any difference.
Art is just my job to pay the mortgage but actually I’d like to do something else.
I’m artist because I can do nothing else.
I hate being artist. It’s too stressful for me.
I love being artist.
MY TOP 10 SHOWS
24 March 2017, Pepino
1# Closing Borders, Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, 2017
2# East West Banana Split (with Nisrine Boukhari), All Art Now, Damascus, 2012
3# White Trash Blues, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, 2017
4# Jani and Riiko's Free World (with Jani Leinonen), Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, 2009
5# Syria Study Center, Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, 2012
6# The ABC of Capitalism, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, 2016
7# Operation Golden Monkey (with Judas Arrieta), Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, 2011
8# Consommateur, applaudis, le spectacle est partout, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, 2008
9# No preguntes qué puede hacer el capitalismo por tí, sino qué puedes hacer tu por el capitalismo, Pristine Galerie, Monterrey, 2011
10# Riiko Sakkinen's Express Kebab Pizza (Featuring Inmaculada Díaz and Görsky Grytvic), Transit, Mechelen, 2003
MY MOST IMPORTANT EXCURSIONS
23 March 2017, Pepino
Leningrad 1986, Tallinn 1990, Barcelona 1994,
Carelia and St. Petersburg 1998
, Pepino 1998
, Berlin 2000,
Sarajevo and Tirana 2003,
New York 2004
, San Antonio and Austin 2004
, Hong Kong and Shenzhen 2006,
, Yeosu 2008
, Beijing 2009,
Damascus and Aleppo 2011
, Damascus 2012,
, Border Field Trip 1 & 2 2016.
13 March 2017, Pepino
My next museum solo show opens in November at Hyvinkää Art Museum in Finland. The scheduled time could't be more interesting: the show goes on during the 100th independence day of Finland in December and the presidential election in February. The title will be Presidettipeli, litreally Presidential Game, meaning intrigues and stratagems in order to ensure a favorable position in the election.
I'm going to paint portraits of the 12 presidents of the republic but couldn't find on internet official high resolution pictures of the leaders. This morning I e-mailed to the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland telling about my project. I received the photos immediately.
There are many things I don't like in Finland but I believe that this kind of lack of hierarchy is unique. I can't imagine similar service in Spain - and not only because it's a monarchy.