Marita Liulia "Golden Age"

Versatile and firm beliefs that can overcome difficulty. A golden age as conceived by the artist Marita Liulia.

Spiral will hold a solo exhibition by Marita Liulia, one of Finland’s best-known contemporary artists.

Building a career simultaneously as a journalist, entrepreneur, and artist, Liulia presents cutting-edge work around the world across a wide range of disciplines, from performance to painting, new media art, and photography.

In 2016, she held a major solo exhibition, “Golden Age,” at the Serlachius Museum Gösta, located in the small city of Mänttä in west Finland. The ambitious show comprised over 100 new works, including painting, photography, and short films, demonstrating the impressive level of maturity that this artist has now reached in her practice.

But what actually is a “golden age” for a nation or an individual? And what can art do in the face of such global dilemmas as economic crises, natural disasters, religion, and refugees? Marita Liulia is an artist who encourages us to ponder such questions.

At Spiral, visitors will be able to interact with the artist as she creates a new work publicly in the venue. A versatile and determined Finnish female artist’s insights will prompt fresh ideas and discussion about our world.



The exhibition title “Golden Age” incorporates three meanings.

First is the “golden age” of the artist herself. Starting her career as an artist in the 1980s, Liulia has accumulated experiences around the world and now arrived at a period of full maturity in her practice. The exhibits bring together the various approaches she has applied in painting, photography, and video over the course of her long career.

The second sense is the material of gold. The paintings included in the exhibition were all created through a process that started with painting black lava pigment onto a canvas. Over this enveloping dark base, the paintings are depicted using a color palette centered on gold. The resulting contrast of black and gold is utterly captivating.

The third meaning is that of the golden age of Finnish art. Liulia regards the early period when artists in Finland, after becoming independent from the Russia Empire in 1917, set forth a firm vision of national identity as the first golden age, following by a second during the 1960s and 1970s, when the country established its economic development and welfare state and became renowned around the world. And so, when will the third golden age arrive?

What is a “golden age” for a nation or an individual? And what can art do in the face of such global dilemmas as economic crises, natural disasters, religion, and refugees? Marita Liulia is an artist who encourages us to ponder these kinds of compelling questions.

《Lampedusa》(2015), Acryl, pigments, lava and gold leaf on canvas. 180 x 540 cm, Serlachius Art Foundation
《Black Planets》(2015) Acryl, pigments, lava and gold leaf on canvas. 185 x 555 cm
《Helmiriitta》 (2016) Photograph 40 x 60 cm
■ Events

【TALK】Gallery Tour 
5th Sat. January  14:00―15:00
Spiral Garden (Spiral 1F)

【TALK】 Artist Talk
10th Thu. January  18:00―19:00  
Spiral Garden (Spiral 1F)

【EVENT】 Spiral Art Lounge Boca with Marita Liulia 
11th Fri. January  19:00―21:00 
Spiral Room (Spiral 9F)
Further Information: www.spiralartlounge.jp

【TALK】 Related Talk
From Paper industry to Art — Surrounded by the Finnish Nature, the strategy of Serlachius Museums

Speaker: Pauli Sivonen(Director of the Serlachius Museum)
12th Sat. January  15:00―16:00  
Spiral Garden (Spiral 1F)  

5th Sat. - 17th Thu. January 11:00―20:00
MINA-TO (Spiral 1F)


【NAIL DESIGN】 amoem nail salon Seasonal Design inspired by Marita Liulia
Until 17th Thu. January *Close on Tue. 11:00-20:00
amoem nail salon (Spiral 7F)
03-3498-5797 (Booking Required)


【CAFÉ MENU】"Golden Age" Special Café Menu
​​​​​​​5th Sat. - 17th Thu. January 11:00―20:00
Spiral Café (Spiral 1F)

Marita Liulia: Golden Age


Period/5th Sat. —17th Thu. January, 2019 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Venue/Spiral Garden (Spiral 1F)  5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan




Organized by Wacoal Art Center

In Cooperation with Serlachius Museums

Planned by Spiral

Under the auspices of Embassy of Finland, Tokyo / Finnish Institute in Japan

■ プロフィール

Marita Liulia

Marita Liulia is one of Finland’s internationally best-known contemporary artists, works in Helsinki and Heinola, Finland. Highlights of her career are solo exhibitions in Kiasma, Finnish National Gallery and Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, National Museum in Bangkok. Performances include Venice Biennale, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, The Joyce Theater in New York, J.F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington and Finnish National Opera. Liulia has received numerous awards, including the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria (1996) and the Prix Möbius International in France (1996, 1999). She has also been awarded the Finland Prize, the Finnish Cultural Fund Prize for her achievements as an artist.


5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 MAP
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