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Nina Roos – Malmö Konsthall

Nina Roos
24. maj – 24. august 2003
Udstillingen er åben daglig 11-17, onsdag tillige 11-21

Malmö Konsthall
S:t Johannesgatan 7
SE – Malmö
http://www.konsthall.malmo.se

Nina Roos – Malmö Konsthall - Fall 2 from Scenarios, 2000. Oil on acrylic glass. 200 x 152 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Fall 2 from Scenarios, 2000.
Oil on acrylic glass. 200 x 152 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen


Nina Roos’s painting has alternated between the figurative – tangibly and physically – and a form of expression which conveys the state of things. In her pictorial world, all concepts of time – past, present, future, tempo, infinity – are bound together in a “manufactured” existence which cannot be tied down to a linear time axis. We are put to the test, our presence is demanded so we can try new ways of seeing, in order to share in the worlds, places and time that exist in her images.

Nina Roos – Malmö Konsthall - Located from Scenarios, 2000.
Located from Scenarios, 2000.
Oil on acrylic glass. 200 x 152 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen


Nina Roos continually establishes new positions in her painting and tries to find new problems. But this is more than a method, it has to do with the fact that the different “places” which her pictures represent demand different appearances. They make up groups, which, when they are read together and compared, can give a concept of periodicity in her painting. Time is in a state of flux in Nina Roos’s pictures. A form, a body, a face is something which is pervaded by time – the present which transforms into the past and which we convince ourselves will occur for all eternity as a continually forward-flowing “now”. Our impatience deceives us into a defective synchronisation with the times in which we live – mentally we find ourselves in the future – often by giving us visual representations of what is to come.

Nina Roos – Malmö Konsthall - Fall 1 from Scenarios, 2000. Oil on acrylic glass. 200 x 152 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Fall 1 from Scenarios, 2000.
Oil on acrylic glass. 200 x 152 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen


In her works Nina Roos has explored different materials, painting surfaces and forms of expression. The zinc plate with its impenetrable physical surface was replaced in the mid-90s by the see-through clarity of the acrylic panel.

Nina Roos – Malmö Konsthall - Collection Brown Polo Necks 3. 2001. Oil on acrylic glass. 90 x 84,5 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Collection Brown Polo Necks 3. 2001.
Oil on acrylic glass. 90 x 84,5 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen


Nina Roos is one of the most well-known artists in Finland and the Nordic region, and has a long list of exhibitions around the world in recent years. Venues for her most recent solo exhibition include Galleri K in Oslo in 2003, Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen in 2002 and Kiasma in Helsinki in 2001, as well as the dialogue exhibition of Nina Roos and Paula Modersohn-Becker at Kunsthallen, Brandts Klædefabrik in Odense in 1998. Examples of her many joint exhibitions are Sur Face at Lunds Konsthall in 2001, the 1998 Carnegie Art Award and the 1995 Venice Biennale.

Nina Roos – Malmö Konsthall - Introduction to a Place: Picture Track No.2. 2003. Oil on acrylic glass. 200 x 180 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Introduction to a Place: Picture Track No.2. 2003.
Oil on acrylic glass. 200 x 180 cm Photo: Jussi Tiainen


Nina Roos was born in 1956 in Borgå, Finland. She lives and works in Helsinki. After studying at the University of Helsinki in 1975 to 79 and at the International Art School in Stockholm, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki from 1983 to 88. From 1996 to 2001 she taught at the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University in Malmö and in 1998 also at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm. She is currently a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.