Arno Rafael Minkkinen

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25/01/2019 - 23/03/2019

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

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La Patinoire Royale / Galerie Valérie Bach is pleased to present at the gallery the third exhibition of Arno Rafael Minkkinen that will gather a selection of recent photographs.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish American photographer. He was born in Helsinki in 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1951.
Over the past four decades Minkkinen has been engaged as a teacher, curator, and writer while continuing to devote his photographic energies exclusively to the self-portrait: unmanipulated images of the nude human figure in both natural and urban settings. Finland, Norway, Sweden, France, Italy, China, and the American West have been his favorite hunting grounds. But it is on Fosters Pond in Massachusetts, on the shores of which Minkkinen's Finnish-inspired home sits, that some of his best-known works have been made.
Published and exhibited worldwide - in over 30 countries to date - Minkkinen's work can be found in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the High Museum in Atlanta; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Art Moderne, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne; Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, among many others.
Minkkinen was awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006, the Lucie Award for Artistic Achievement in 2013, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015, and the Pro Finlandia medal, Finland's highest artistic distinction on the 100th anniversary of Finnish Independence in 2017.

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