ON WEDNESDAY, June 19, the opening reception for the exhibition, “Silence Exhibition,” was held at the Embassy of Finland in Washington.
IN 2011 the internationally acclaimed Finnish architect and teacher Juhani Pallasmaa spoke at the Finnish Embassy about the qualities of silence in Finnish architecture. “Silence Exhibition” continues the theme, and includes a selection of powerfully silent and not so silent works.
OVER THE centuries authors, artists, and spiritual leaders have spoken about the importance of silence. American composer John Cage created a work for silent piano, and German dramatist Bertolt Brecht famously described Finnish people as being able to be silent – in two languages.
PARTICIPATING artists and scholars are Simo Alitalo, Tuike Alitalo, David Carlson, Jocelyn Frank, Nundo Geraldes Friere, Seth Horvitz, Harri Huhtam?i, Betsy Stewart, Alex van Oss and Esa Vesmanen.