A HARD ROLE TO CARRY01 December 2017, AY1661 Helsinki - Madrid
I try to find some glamour for the end of a mundane story. Seat 4C (I never choose window because the aisle seat has an easier access to the toilet and the emergency exit) in business class (no stardom, just accumulated points). Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in Chinese numerology because it is nearly homophonous to the word death. The letter C represents constant change - I guess including the end of life. I sip Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale. Actually I don’t like champagne but it’s just a class ritual.
Before boarding I met Pauli when the monitor blinked last call announcement. We said hello and then I was politely asked to proceed through the gate. Facebook status update: Top players of the art world are busy and always on the move. I had a brief meeting with Serlachius Museums’ director Dr. Sivonen at Helsinki International Airport. He arrived from LHR and I’m heading to MAD.
Basically my days in Finland were working class style routine waking up at 6am and traveling almost two hours to work at Hyvinkää Art Museum where my show Presidential Game opened last night. I had a good team at the museum. We painted huge mural portraits of the 12 presidents of the Republic of Finland. The show coincides with both the 100th independence day of the nation state and the presidential elections. The museum visitors can give positive and negative votes to the presidents with green and red stickers.
Last weekend Jaakko said that I should do something special to get some visibility to the show in the provincial museum. I said that I could draw small portraits of the presidents and glue them on Presidentti brand covfefe packages in supermarkets. He phoned to Oskari, Helsingin Sanomat’s journalist, who interviewed me last winter at Closing Borders show at Serlachius Museums. This kind of actions doesn’t exist if it’s not in media. I felt responsibility towards Hyvinkää’s museum. They anticipate lots of visibility when they invite me to show. Sometimes it’s a hard role to carry. This time I was able to fulfill their expectations.