The Art of Basware

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The Art of Basware is an international art competition for artists under 30 years of age. The Art of Basware was born from our will to support the career and development of young artists. We believe there is a deep connection between innovation, determination, creativity and commerce.


The Art of Basware 2018
The next The Art of Basware will be held in 2018. During 2017, we concentrate on maintenance of the art collection, including today already 99 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. More information on the next competition will be published at the end of 2017.

The Art of Basware 2016
The Art of Basware -competition has been held yearly since 2000. The competition has a theme each time, and LEAD THE WAY was our theme for 2016. In 2016, we received nearly 400 entries, and the artworks that were selected during the final round of judging were displayed in an art exhibition at Musiikkitalo in June 2016. The Art of Basware 2016 had exceptionally and for the first time in the history of the competition two winners: Tiina-Liisa Kaalamo ja Ville Laurinkoski.

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Two winners at the international The Art of Basware 2016 competition

Tiina-Liisa Kaalamo and Ville Laurinkoski have won the international The Art of Basware art competition for young artists. The winning artwork “Terrarotta-armeija” by Tiina-Liisa Kaalamo is a mixed technic sculpture consisting of 99 rat skulls and tails handcrafted with wool, fur and metal. Ville Laurinkoski's "Hermeneutiikkaa: Europa" is a giant painting. Both the works were purchased to Basware’s art collection for the sum of 5,000 euros each.
The Art of Basware, held for the 17th consecutive year, is a visual arts competition for young artists under 30 years of age. This year almost 400 pieces of work, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and video, were submitted to the competition. The winner was declared by a jury that included eg. Bruce Oreck, the former U.S. Ambassador of Finland; Anna Ruth, renowned artist and prominent art figure; Ad van der Poel, Senior Vice President, Financing Services of Basware; and Lars Madsen, CMO of Basware.
The theme of this year’s competition was “Lead the way”. The artists had full artistic freedom to interpret the theme in their own manner.
The winner Ville Laurinkoski is mere 20 years old. He comments:
”Exhibitions urge forward my work as an artist. The Helsinki Music Centre as a venue is special to me as music is a frame of reference through which my art can be approached”.
27-year-old sculptor Tiina-Liisa Kaalamo has been featured in The Art of Basware exhibition in 2014 and 2015. The winning art work consists of 99 rat-like figures that run from the wall down to the floor. ”The zombie rats are made of skulls and tails of frozen rats that I acquired from a pet store wholesale and assembled with skeletons of metal wire and textile”, Kaalamo says and describes the art work as an spiritual self portrait.  
Chairman of the jury, Paula Holopainen of the Finnish Painters’ Union, comments:
“Both the winning art works are breathtaking at the first sight. Hermeneutiikkaa: Europa by Ville Laurinkoski leads the viewer to several directions and his drawing and painting skills are remarkable. Terrarotta-armeija by Tiina-Liisa Kaalamo shows excellent craftmanship and is a strong visual experience to its viewer.”
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Tiina-Liisa Kaalamo, Terrarotta-armeija
Ville Laurinkoski, Hermeneutiikkaa: Europa

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For more information, please contact Anu Hämäläinen +358 400 611 706