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Old Masters at HAM

12.4.2017 12:25

Two key players in the field of creative art have decided to pool their resources for the first time. The result will be an adaptation of Old Masters, the novel by Thomas Bernhard, in a production that merges theatre with visual art. Directed by Minna Leino, the performance will have its premiere in the arched galleries in HAM on 7 September 2017.

In the Bordone Room of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, there hangs a famous work by Tintoretto: Portrait of a White-Bearded Man. Sitting in quiet contemplation of the painting is Reger, music critic and tireless seeker of authenticity. Reger in turn is contemplated by author and philosopher Atzbacher, who himself is contemplated by the museum attendant Irrsigler.

Old Masters is a warmly sensitive, perceptive and ironic study of art and life, authenticity and forgery, fashion trends and Viennese toilets, Heidegger and other over-rated family members, loneliness and survival, caricature and kitsch, hell, burial and theatre.

The novel by Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) is adapted and directed by Minna Leino, dramaturg at the Finnish National Theatre and director of several acclaimed stage productions, including Eugène Ionesco’s Exit the King and Martin Crimp’s In the Republic of Happiness.

Old Masters is a joint production between the Finnish National Theatre and Helsinki Art Museum. A complex combination of theatre, music and visual art, the performance is a piece of a live art, perfectly suited to its location in an art museum. The production features a top-notch cast: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Hannu Kivioja and Markku Maalismaa. Bernhard’s Old Masters was published in Finnish by Teos in 2013.

Finnish premiere at Helsinki Art Museum on 7 September 2017.

The ticket includes admission to the Pleasure exhibition at HAM before the performance.

Markku Maalismaa
Hannu-Pekka Björkman
Hannu Kivioja

Minna Leino

Tarja Roinila

Minna Leino with team: Jari Kettunen, Kati Lukka, Johanna Storm, Ville Toikka and Auli Turtiainen

Jukka-Pekka Pajunen and Eva Buchwald

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