PRISMA is a group founded by seven artists in 1956, which was mainly active in the 60s. Their goals were to bring international contemporary art to Finland, and generally revive the Finnish art scene with its lack of exhibition opportunities. (Yes, the lack of exhibition opportunities - an old and international problem...) There was no common manifesto or ideology, as was often the case at the time - all styles and means of expression were to find a home in the group.
Travels for inspiration and research purposes were organized as well: In some of the paintings one can recognize Spain or Italy, but the painters remained true to themselves - the Mediterranean landscapes appear in Finnish colour palette and pale hues. So, yes, one might have already guessed: At the moment, after quite some time, an exhibition of selected PRISMA paintings takes place at the Elverket Gallery in Ekenäs/ Tammisaari, with most of the works being loans from larger museums and collections. In the Pro Artibus Foundation, which runs the gallery, it is possible to see a parallel to PRISMA itself: with Elverket here and another gallery in Helsinki, the organisation and programs accompanying the exhibitions, and two three-year scholarships at Villa Snäcksund, it definitely brings fresh air and life to the local art scene.
Siftelsen Pro Artibus – Galleri Elverket/ Pro Artibus -säätiö – Galleria Elverket
Gusatv Wasas gata 11/ Kustaa Vaasan katu 11
Header, 1: Yngve Bäck, “En bukett/ Kimppu”, 1957, Öl auf Leinwand
2: Ragnar Ekelund, “Motiv från Laredo/ Aihe Laredosta”, 1955, Öl auf Leinwand; und “Spanskt landskap/ Espanjalainen Maisema”, 1955, Öl auf Leinwand
3: Unto Pusa, “Utan titel/ Nimetön”, 1965, Öl auf Leinwand