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Marjaniemenranta 4, 00930 Helsinki, Finland

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+358 400 983 493 or +358 500 461 925

Bonga Castle

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RIITTA NELIMARKKA
ART ADVENTURE

Picture: Happiness allowed Woolen relief 2014
LA FORZA DEL COLORE AND A LITTLE BIT OF DADA
BONGA CASTLE 2018
Welcome to the summer exhibition at Bonga
LA FORZA DEL COLORE!

Riitta Nelimarkka NEW WORKS 2017 – 2018

This year the rooms of exhibition in the 111 years old building have been renewed. The old room for billiards and the spacious dining room have been remade.

We present unique statues of glass under the heading ”Miniatures for skyscrapers in different deserts e.g. Kalahari”, and also multi-layered photomontages with mystic flavours from the series ”Softness - Les mélodieux”.

Bonga also exhibits about 200 colourful works from earlier years, ranging from small drawings to lush reliefs in wool and paintings.

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New works 2017 – 2018 | Creations with the Magic of their own
BONGA GOES CHRISTMAS
Loviisa, Finland
Bonga Castle´s gallery is open on Saturdays the 2nd and the 9th of December at 12-16.

More than 200 colorful and vivid works are on display.
Also there will be found nice, small Christmas presents at the shop.

You are warmly welcome!
Summer 2017 at the Bonga Castle
Loviisa, Finland
NEW WORKS – CHARACTERS WITH THE MAGIC OF THEIR OWN

Works on show include the large woollen triptych “From Here to Antiquity” (2017), which is a free pastiche of a Finnish painter Hugo Simberg’s The Wounded Angel, plus silkscreen prints and paintings of the same theme.

At Bonga you will also see newly completed wild, small statues made of wool and wood, “Characters” alias “The Barbers of Seville”, also magic glass boxes, “Miniature glasales”, whose colour scales take their synaesthesia from real life, and the Post-Impressionist Les Faunes, Faunit with glass and photomontage.

one, is zest for life amid vulnerability and surviving a decline in mental powers. People are capable of being funny and good, even in an almost lost cause and, apart from the achievements of science, love conquers all: amor vincit omnia.

Bonga Castle is 111 years old this year and has been described as a Gesamtkunstwerk. During the 30 years that we have been renovating it, the edifice has come to form a unique symphonic entity, whose pieces are gradually beginning to find their place. That entity does indeed produce a variant on itself each spring, but its fundamental mode of being remains a single, coherent whole.

Contacts:
riitta@nelimarkka.com, +358 50 5900 650
jaakko@seeck.fi, +358 500 461 925
www.bonga.fi | www.nelimarkka.com
Linnankuja, 07900 Loviisa, Finland.
From church 50 meters to south.

Reservations +358 40 504 2056, bergstrom.kirsti@gmail.com
Office +358 500 461 925, jaakko@seeck.fi

Vanhan ja upea kivilinna Loviisassa (HS kuukausiliite 4.3.2017)
Riitta Nelimarkka rakastaa värejä (Taloustaito 2.3.2017)
"Kummituslinnasta kuoriutui taideteos" (Kotimaassa lehti 1/2017)
Words of wisdom (AEE article 21.3.2016 - www.aaltoee.com)
Collection of small woolen-wooden statues
Helsinki, Finland
New collection of small woolen-wooden statues The New World Girl was born, as I was asked by the Institut Francais de Finlande and the Ambassade de France á Finlande to create the prize for International day of the Girl. I really felt this as a great honour. Here a couple of pictures before the seminar at the university of Helsinki the11th october. in picture directrise Jeannette Bougrab et moi in my atelier in Marjaniemi.
Ranskalainen kunniamerkki Riitta Nelimarkalle
Helsinki, Finland
Ranskan Suomen-suurlähettiläs Serge Mostura luovutti residenssissään perjantaina 17. kesäkuuta 2016 Ranskan Arts et Lettres -ritarikunnian upseerimerkin taiteilija Riitta Nelimarkalle.

Riitta Nelimarkka kuuluu sukupolvensa merkittävimpiin ja palkituimpiin taiteilijoihin. Hän on mm. toteuttanut yhdessä Claude-Louis Michelin kanssa ranskalais-suomalaisen animaatioelokuvan Seitsemän veljestä, jolle myönnettiin parhaan pitkän elokuvan palkinto ReAnimania-festivaalilla 2011. Hänen töitään on ollut näytteillä ja niitä on levitetty monissa maissa, myös Ranskassa. Nelimarkka on jo pitkään tehnyt yhteistyötä Helsingissä toimivan Ranskan instituutin kanssa.

Kulttuuriministeriön johtama Arts et Lettres -ritarikunta ”palkitsee henkilöitä, jotka erottautuvat luomistyöllään taiteen tai kirjallisuuden alalla tai tekevät merkittävällä tavalla taidetta ja kirjallisuutta tunnetuksi Ranskassa ja muualla maailmassa”.

Ranska on viime aikoina myöntänyt Arts et Lettres -upseerimerkit kapellimestari Susanna Mälkille ja elokuvaohjaaja Aki Kaurismäelle.

Ambassadeur Serge Mostura´s speech at the event the 17th of June 2017.
Preludes
Helsinki, Finland
Preludes, visualisation to Debussy´s Preludes, the concert at Helsinki Music Hall, dirigent Hannu lintu and RSO, 6.4.2016.
Without thinking too much
Helsinki, Finland
Without thinking too much, 12,5 meters long ”glassalle”, glass art work, the facade of the Hietaniemi pavilion.

Article in Finnish.
Omnipotentia
Helsinki, Finland
Omnipotentia, triptyykki, Aalto EE, 2015, Nelimarkka-sali.
www.aaltoent.fi | issuu.com
Montreux Art Fair. 4-8 November 2015
France
Preludes 2015 , unique fotomontages Le jardin des faunes The garden of the fauns
Elise and 7 little brothers
Helsinki, Finland
Riitta Nelimarkka, Elise and 7 little brothers
24.4.-14.9.2015
Institut Français de Finlande, Kaapelitehdas C2, Helsinki
www.france.fi
Papille art : goûtez à l’alliance des arts et de la gastronomie !
Loviisa, Finland
Papille art est un concept inédit de l’Institut français alliant art et gastronomie pour le plaisir des yeux et du palais. Vivez une expérience inoubliable en participant aux soirées exclusives Papille art de l’Institut français. Papille art, c’est découvrir dans un lieu de prestige, les œuvres d’un artiste, et la haute gastronomie française. Dégustez un repas exceptionnel cuisiné sous vos yeux par un chef français inspiré de l’œuvre d’un artiste.

Papille art fête le printemps au Château Bonga !
Le 22 mai 2015,18h
Tarif: 150 euros

Riitta Nelimarkka célèbre artiste finlandaise, nous accueillera dans son château-musée de Bonga à Loovisa. Les participants assisteront à la présentation de plusieurs œuvres de Riitta Nelimarkka par l’historienne de l’Art Assia Salah et la réalisation en direct, par Véronique Roger, Chef française, d’un menu gastronomique (3 plats). Le repas sera accompagné de vins sélectionnés par Hadrien Allauzen, dirigeant et créateur de la société Redbev, importateur de vin en Finlande.

Le tarif comprend également un service de transport.
Attention, la soirée est limitée à quinze personnes !
Passez une soirée inoubliable et inscrivez-vous !
Inscriptions: https://if-finlande.extranet-aec.com/extranet/
Plus d’informations: institut@france.fi
www.france.fi | www.bonga.fi | www.nelimarkka.com
Elise discovers the world - Riitta Nelimarkka
Turku
Merihevonen rakastuu Merimansikkaan ja seurauksista emme taaskaan tiedä sekä muita teoksia Auran galleriassa Turussa. 11.3.-29.3.2015 www.aurangalleria.com
PETITS PRELUDES - RIITTA NELIMARKKA
Helsinki, Finland
Photomontages 2014
Helsinki Music Centre 18.11.2014 - 6.1.2015.

PETITS PRELUDES is a series of dreamlike flashes, a succession of mysterious preludes from the prairies of the unconscious. The images are mixed-media photomontages ­ their rough, drawing-like Cupids, Eroses and trolls look as if they have been surprized in the middle of some oddly unexplained act...

Works are for sale. jaakko@seeck.fi +358 500 461 925, bergstrom.kirsti@gmail.com +358 40 504 2056

P.S. ALSO THE LATEST ART BOOK ELISE´S WORLD (TAMMI 2014) IS DISPLAYED AT THE EXHIBITION
RIITTA NELIMARKKA - PETITS PRELUDES
Helsinki, Finland
Photomontages 2014
Helsinki Music Centre 18.11.2014 - 6.1.2015

PETITS PRELUDES is a series of dreamlike flashes, a succession of mysterious preludes from the prairies of the unconscious. The images are mixed-media photomontages ­ their rough, drawing-like Cupids, Eroses and trolls look as if they have been surprized in the middle of some oddly unexplained act...

Contacts and sales: jaakko@seeck.fi
ELISE AND HER LOVELY FRIENDS
Heinävesi, Finland
HEINÄVESI CULTURAL CHURCH 23.6.-10.8.2014

Happy creatures fill up the beautiful church.
Open daily cl. 11.00-18.00.
Welcome!

PICTURE: A Seahorse falls in love with a Sea Strawberry and we do not know the consequences...
ELISE´S WORLD
An anachronistic art book that pushes boundaries, a multi-coloured Gesamtkunstwerk about the incidents that occur to Riitta Nelimarkka’s alter ego, Elise. The book is based on the artist’s vivid art works from 2000–2013 and on the written observations tagged onto them.

Book size: 240 x 345 mm
Pages: 176
Illustrated
Languages: Finnish and English
The book comes in a printed box
Numbered edition of 600 copies

It is also possible to order a graphic print designed by Nelimarkka specifically to accompany the book.

Enquiries +358 (0)10 5060 333 (Mon 10:00–17:00, Tues-Fri 9:00–15:00) / Tammi Publishers.

Critique OMAAIKA-magazine (Finnish)
ELISE´S WORLD
A new hilarious art book May 2014.
LA VALSE
Helsinki, Finland
La Valse, photomontages Helsinki Music Centre
FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS
First Class Passengers, sur la neige, woolen reliefs
SUMMER 2014 AT THE BONGA CASTLE
Loviisa, Finland
sat-sun 5.-6.7. cl. 12-15 (Roses charms, Fairies time, Rose dance at the Laivasilta, The King Comes to Loviisa)
sat-sun 12.-13.7. cl. 12-15 (The Vigings ta over the Loviisa, Old-time market)
sat-sun 19.-20.7. cl. 12-15 (Small Ships' Race 18.-19.7.)
sat-sun 26.-27.7. cl. 12-15 (sat Loviisa market open)
sat 2.8. cl. 12-15 (Peace Forum, Loviisa market open)
sat 9.8. cl. 12-15 (Loviisa market open)
sat 16.8. cl. 12-15 (Loviisa market open)
sat 23.8. cl. 12-15 (Loviisa market open)
sat-sun 30.-31.8. cl. 11-16 (Loviisan Wanhat Talot, Laivasilta market, Collectibles Fair and antique market)
sat 6.9. cl. 12-15 (Loviisa Sibelius Festival, Sibelius concert in the Bonga Castle)

PICTURE: Fairies on their own from the photomontage series Alea iacta est - The Die has been cast 2014
Finnish film festival
Turku, Logomo, Finland
The Seven Brothers animation will be shown at the Finnish film festival in Turku, Logomo 5.4. cl. 14. The animation is french spoken with english subtitles.
The Seven Brothers, Finnish film festival.

PICTURE: The Priest from the photomontage series 7 brothers back in the P.A.R.I.S 2010
Exhibition
Stuttgart, Kunsthaus Schill, Germany
December - January, Stuttgart, Ernst & Young GmbH
La Valse
Helsinki, Finland

Exhibition continues in Helsinki Music Centre until 2.12.
mon-fri cl. 8.00-22.00, sat cl. 10.00-20.00, sun cl. 10.00-20.00

Welcome!
La Valse / Photomontages
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Music Centre 1.10. - 23.10.
mon-fri cl. 8.00-22.00
sat cl. 10.00-20.00
sun cl. 10.00-20.00

Welcome!

La Valse is a series of pictures inspired by mysterious nocturnal moths, the feral figures of children and adults from the artist¹s immediate circle, the coarse acoustics of watercolours, and Maurice Ravel¹s La Valse, whose glittering erotic surge with its fervently romantic tension never fails to carry us along with it.

Studio

Professor Riitta Nelimarkka is a distinctive and versatile artist whose repertoire includes graphic art, animated films, paintings, art and poetry books, textile art, and extensive exhibition entities. She has doctor´s degree in the arts (DA at UIAH, Helsinki) and has studied painting in Paris, photography, film and art education at the Konstfacken, Academy of Art in Stockholm and piano playing at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Her art is characterized by brilliant colors and innovative irony. In recent years, her production has centered on comprehensive collections of drawings, photographs, velvet pictures and woolen reliefs. She has also been commissioned a great number of works, including the large-scale "Con Calore" woolen carpets for the official residence of the President of Finland.

Her artworks, illustrations and animated films have been presented at various international festivals and biennals. She has been awarded numerous prizes and honorary mentions for her works.

Riitta Nelimarkka

My Helsinki studio is a paradise of being and a wilderness of thought. It is a lovely refuge. A womb. A seventh dimension. I put some music on and forget the reality outside. I sift through everything as suits my own mind. I don’t think about the role of art. About its morality, ethics or ability to influence. Its beauty or goodness. Skilfulness makes me laugh or cry. I don’t do mental craftwork. This is an ideal situation. I write, I paint, I sketch. I make, I don’t think. The studio is my personal lagoon, where judgement can be cast aside. Afterwards, I investigate what has been done. The sky falls once a day. In life there is nothing for it but to rejoice in what little there is.

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My art - Elise thinks on behalf of me.
“Nature loves to hide.” Herakleitos. The sun is new every day! Moon is older. Love is blind, which makes it earless. It rests by changing. Bad memory and many friends. All things are one. All things are none.

Curriculum Vitae

Self Portrait, Elise´s Dissertation, Variation of a variation. Riitta NelimarkkaBRIEFLY

PROFESSOR RIITTA NELIMARKKA has always chosen her own distinct path. Whatever technique or genre her art takes, from paintings and animated films to books, woolen reliefs and photomontages, the unique way of presenting it always remains. »My art emerges from real life, reflecting its joys and sorrows, conflicts and shocks, its normality and its chain of coincidences. I use parallels drawn from literature, film and music, but it’s always the personal experience which wins the process.” During years Nelimarkka has had numerous large exhibitions from Los Angeles and Lima to Bruxelles and Moscow. She has studied painting in Paris, film in Stockholm and music theory & piano performance at the Sibelius Academy. She has a doctorate degree in the arts and she has received the honorary title professor from the president of Finland. She has been the chairman of Nelimarkka-foundation since 1987.

The latest bigger works are the 13 meters long glass painting "Without too much thinking” at Hietaniemi pavilion 2016, and the same year the visualization for Debussy´s 5 Preludes for the Radio Symphony Orchestra. An exciting Gesamtskunstwerk with her husband Jaakko Seeck, is Bonga Castle, an old patrician house decorated by Nelimarkka´s over 200 works.

In 2016 she was awarded by the Order of France with the distinction of Officier des Arts et Lettres.

A Renaissance Woman with a Twist - Diving into the seas of colors

Diving into the seas of colors

Welcome to the world of brilliant colors, freely flowing figures and gentle irony of Professor Riitta Nelimarkka’s art. Riitta Nelimarkka has always chosen her very own path. Whatever form her art takes from paintings and animated films to books, velvet pictures and woolen reliefs the unique way of presenting it is always there. ”My art emerges from real life, reflecting its joys and sorrows, conflicts and shocks, its normalities and coincidences", says Nelimarkka. “I use parallels drawn from literature, film and music, but it’s always the personal experience, and nothing else, to which I give form in my work.”

Riitta Nelimarkka has studied painting in Paris, film and photography in Stockholm and piano playing at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She has a Doctor’s degree in Arts.

Comments about Self Portrait dissertation

Riitta Nelimarkka resides in Finland, in Helsinki. She swims every morning year around, no matter how cold the water in the sea is, and has a hunting license. She loves movies that make her cry and never underestimates the power of a good laugh. ”I work every day but I also party every day in some way or another. I’m an idealist and I don’t want to give in. Pain exists, but you don’t need to work everything through pain.” Riitta Nelimarkka says.

STUDIES

Riitta Nelimarkka-Seeck is a graduate art teacher 1972, Master of Art (MA) 1998 and Doctor of Art (DA) 2001 at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH).

She has also studied at the University of Helsinki, at the Sibelius Academy, at the School of Applied Arts and design in Stockholm, Sweden and at the Institute of Industrial Arts, Department of Film and Television.

Since 1971 she has been working together and separate with her husband Jaakko Seeck as an artist and producer in the fields of film, literature and pictorial and textile art, creating and producing e.g. animated films, large exhibitions and art & poetry books.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

Riitta Nelimarkka has received a number of prizes for her books and animations including the honorary award by the Union of Finnish Critics in 1974, the State quality award for motion pictures in 1972, 1973 and 1979, the Jussi honorary award (the Finnish "Oscar") in 1979, a Special honorary prize at Tampere International Short Film Festival in 1979, Jury´s Special prize at Giffony, Italy 1980 and Risto Jarva prize in 1985. 2008 December Riitta Nelimarkka received the honorary title Professor awarded by the President of the Republic of Finland.

POSITIONS OF TRUST

Her positions of trust include membership on the board of the Finnish Film Archive and the Finnish film magazine Filmihullu ("Film Freak"). She has also served at the National Council for Cinema, the Finnish Film Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Section of Unesco. Since 1987 she has been the president of Nelimarkka Foundation, since 1973 the president of board of Seneca, since 2001-2003 a member of the National Council for Design and 2003 -2005 a member of Design and Public display grant.

Many of Nelimarkka´s big textile works have found homes abroad especially in Finnish embassies and consulates in several cities all around the world. A remarkable work is the huge art textile Con Calore I - II commissioned for Mäntyniemi, the official residence of the President of Finland.

SELECTED PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS

Amos Anderson art museum, Helsinki - Finland 1990. Art Centre of Pyrri, Savonlinna - Finland 1991. Wäinö Aaltonen museum, Turku - Finland 1994. Kunsthall, Helsinki - Finland 1994. Savonlinna Art museum, Savonlinna - Finland 1995. Tikanojan taidekoti, Vaasa - Finland 1996. Maurizberg Castle, Sweden 2000. Finnish Cultural Institut, Berlin - Germany 2000. EXPO 2000, Hannover - Germany 2000. FIDM, Los Angeles - USA 2001. Culture centre DOM, Moscow - Russia 2005. Gallery Tšeretelji, Moscow - Russia 2005. The Fortress of St. Peter and Paul, St. Petersburg - Russia 2006. Museo de la Nacion, Lima - Peru 2006. EU parliament, Brussels - Belgium 2006. Hallwylska museet, Stockholm - Sweden 2007. La ”MAISON DE L´AMÉRIQUE LATINE DE MONACO”, Monaco 2008. In addition to several gallery exhibitions as well as a number of joint art exhibitions, graphic biennales and film festivals in different countries.

BOOKS

Praise has also been bestowed on her picture books and children's books, which include "The Robbing of the Sampo" (rewarded e.g. by the Finnish Society of Kalevala), "The Seven Brothers", "The Space", "The Big and The Small in the Universe", "The Gallery", "Karmelia's ABC" (which received an award in Bologna, Italy, 1990), "Babylonia" (rewarded in Bologna and in Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1992), "Oceania" (invited to Biennale Brno 1993) and "Apollon". She has also published two illustrated collections of poems, "Tabula Rasa" and "Giovanna Idiaatta" (1996) and also a romantic, philosophical poem by the title "Self Portrait Elise´s Dissertation, Variation of a variation" (2000). Elise´s Unmemories (2008). Seven Brothers (2009). Big and Small in the Universe (2010)

FILMS

Animations by Nelimarkka & Seeck (SENECA OY) include "The Legend of the Sampo" (60 min), based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala in 1972-1974, the old ballad of "Bishop Henry and Lalli" (11min) in 1974, the first Finnish full-length animated motion picture "The Seven Brothers" in 1979 and a series "Bagatelles op. 1 - 13, semi-sad human fates in the nut shell" (25 min) in 1972-1974 and "The Birth of Rabula (11 min.), a musical animation on creation in 1995.

Bonga - Casa Nostra

THE BONGA CASTLE is an exciting, even peculiar sight in the heart of the idyllic small town of Loviisa, immediately south of the church. Its original design was made by Mr. Th. Hjelt, an architect from Helsinki. After the Finnish civil war, the house ended up owned by the Baumgartner family. Its Jugendstil from with its red roofed towels was modified according to the design of architect Hilding Ekelund into a granite castle along the lines of Italian neo-Classicism and functionalism.

In 1987 the estate came into its present owners Riitta Nelimarkka and Jaakko Seeck. The worn-out patrician castle has been renovated in the course of the years, with reverence to its old style. The house has been heated ecologically with wood chips since 1987. Also the engineering of the building has been completely redone. The church-side wing of the big main building now serves as atelier and production spaces. The south-side of the building has been renovated into an art museum-gallery that is open to the public. Nearly two hundred of Nelimarkka´s works are displayed there: drawings, aquarelles, graphic art, collages, woolen and flax reliefs, textile pictures, paintings, art and poetry books, photographs and animated films.

www.bonga.fi

Loviisa - Lovisa

Bongan Linna

At Bonga Castle in Loviisa, 80km from Helsinki, is my second studio. My third, fourth and fifth travel with me on planes and trains, in dreams. If Loviisa is a city, then Helsinki is New York. So small and peaceful is Loviisa.

Even if I arrive a nervous wreck and sick of rushing around, at Bonga time stands still in a sphere, a “ball”, and a strange peace is traced on my soul. The more-than-a-century-old building exudes history. Even if you ask it nothing, the walls answer back. An ideal setting for coming up with ideas. The haunting of the building is incomparable and hilarious. And yet, sometimes during the night, you can hear teardrops falling. Bonga is strangely large, outright pompous in appearance, but surprisingly well-suited to being a half-mad stronghold of art. There is a nice contrast.

Renovating the building has taken us more than 20 years. Or actually it has given us those years. It is heated ecologically with woodchips, a solution we have not regretted for a moment. Half of the house is studio, working and storage spaces. Half is a whitewashed gallery, where the works are hung, mostly on aesthetic grounds. No chronology… “Time is an illusion”. (Einstein). Time is not a line and “change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal”. (Schopenhauer).

Bonga castle is itself a person, a myrtle philosopher standing on stone feet. Its silence is magical, but it is equally lovable when the whole edifice and gardens are filled with friends, visitors, musicians… With adults, youths and children. Actually it is always precisely then that its most beautiful flowers burst into bloom.

Bongan Linna

Bongan Linna

Bongan Linna

My art - Elise thinks on behalf of me. “Nature loves to hide.” Herakleitos. The sun is new every day! Moon is older. Love is blind, which makes it earless. It rests by changing. Bad memory and many friends. All things are one. All things are none