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Beach Pond, Connecticut, 1974

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Born: 1945 in Finnland

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Art objects of this artist

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Hite, Utah, 1997
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Hite, Utah, 1997

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Five Miles, Tortilla Flat, 2002
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Five Miles, Tortilla Flat, 2002

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Beach Pond, Connecticut, 1974
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Beach Pond, Connecticut, 1974

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Fosters Pond, 2000
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Fosters Pond, 2000

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Fosters Pond, 1990
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Fosters Pond, 1990

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Grand Canyon, Arizona, 1995
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Grand Canyon, Arizona, 1995

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Laurence, Gozo, Malta, 2002, 2002
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Laurence, Gozo, Malta, 2002, 2002

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Marble Canyon, Arizona, 1995
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Marble Canyon, Arizona, 1995

Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Self portrait with Veronica, Tuscany, 1998
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael ◊ Self portrait with Veronica, Tuscany, 1998


Arno Rafael Minkkinen is known for his black and white abstract pieces which juxtapose bodies and landscapes in surprising ways: he "directs scenes in which his body - or a portion of it - appears as an integral part of the landscape - such as an outcropping or rock formation".
Minkkinen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1945. After his family moved to the United States, Minkkinen graduated from Wagner College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and from Rhode Island School of Design where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. After teaching for a few years at M.I.T. Minkkinen is now a Full Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Minkkinen's work is included in over 55 major museum/institutional collections including the Helsinki Museum of Photography, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen's work can be found in over 55 major museums/institutional collections inclduing the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen was awarded the Order of the Lion First Class Medal by the Finnish government in 1992 and the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006.

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Current and past exhibition-dates and information
Sep 17th, 2011
Arno Rafael Minkkinen "The journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen"
Dec 25th, 2015
Love is...
Jan 11th, 2020
Vernissage 30 years in focus Gallery, Cologne

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Solo Exhibitions / Einzelausstellungen

1972 "Freemale," Soho Photo Gallery. New York, New York.
Apeiron Traveling Exhibition. Spectrum Gallery. Tucson, Arizona.
1973 "White Underpants," Gallery for Creative Photography. Copenhagen, Denmark.
1974 Photographic Museum of Finland. Helsinki, Finland.
1976 Fotografiska Museet at Moderna Museet. Stockholm, Sweden.
1979 "Frostbite," Addison Gallery of American Art. Andover, Massachusetts.
Canon Photo Gallery. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1982 Yuen Lui Gallery. Seattle, Washington.
1983 "Father & Son," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts.
1984 Photographic Museum of Finland. Helsinki, Finland.
Maison de la Culture. Reims, France.
Galerie Viviane Esders. Paris, France.
1985 "Mattomies," Porin Taidemuseo. Pori, Finland. October 10-November 10, 1985.
Galerie Viviane Esders. Paris, France. November 26-December 31, 1985.
1988 Oulu Art Museum. Oulu, Finland.
"15 Years in Front of My Camera," Galerie Viviane Esders. Paris, France.
1989 Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College. Providence, Rhode Island.
1990 Peri Center of Photography. Turku, Finland.
1991 Available Light Gallery. Jacksonville, Florida.
Ever Since Apeiron. Galeria Luukku. Joensuu, Finland.
"Primordial Image," Centre d'Art Santa Monica. Barcelona, Spain. March - April 1991.
"Finnice," Galerie Suzel Berna. Antibes, France.
"Retrospective: Finnice," Museum of Modern Art. Nice, France.
1992 "Spirit Level," Images Center of Photography. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Prague House of Photography. Prague, Czech Republic.
1993 Le Parvis de Tarbes. Tarbes, France.
Galerie du Château d'Eau. Toulouse, France.
1994 Galerie Imagerie / Centre Jean Savidan. Lannion, France.
Akehurst Gallery. London, United Kingdom.
1995 Houk Friedman Gallery. New York, New York.
Arthothèque de Grenoble. Grenoble, France.
Laterna Magica. Helsinki, Finland.
Fotogalleriet. Oslo, Norway.
Braggiotti Gallery. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1995-1996 "Retrospective: Waterline," Pori Art Museum. Pori, Finland.
Musée de l'Élysée. Lausanne, Switzerland.
L'Artothèque de Caen and Musée de Normandie. Caen, France.
Sundsvall Museet. Sundsvall, Sweden.
Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik. Odense, Denmark.
Musée de la Photographie. Charleroi, Belgium.
1996 "Retrospective," Castello Fortezza, Montalcino. Tuscany, Italy.
Il Diaframma. Milano, Italy.
"Reindeer in the Canyon," Galerie Nathalie Emprin. Paris, France.
1998 "Body Land," Galerie Clairefontaine. Luxembourg.
"High Noon: Self-Portraits in the American West," Barry Friedman Ltd. New York, New York.
"Body & Photography," American Cultural Center. Prague, Czech Republic.
"Ten Minutes Past Midnight," Mois de la Photo. Paris, France.
Gallen Kallela Museum. Helsinki, Finland.
1999 "Frequent Flyer," Photo & Co. Torino, Italy.
2000 "Retrospective in the exhibition: The Body as an Expression of the Subconscious," Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Tokyo, Japan.
Joel Soroka Gallery. Aspen, Colorado.
2001 "Never in the Viewfinder," Photo-Eye Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"Retrospective: Arno Rafael Minkkinen: trente ans d'autoportraits," Église Saint Georges, Musée de Normandie. Caen, France. June 29-August 31, 2001.
2002 "Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts.
2003 "Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Photographs," Tibor de Nagy Gallery. New York.
2005 "Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Vintage Photographs 1970 - 1980," Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
"Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-five Years of Photographs," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts. September 8-October 8, 2005.
2005-2009 "Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographs 1970-2005," De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Lincoln, Massachusetts.
National Museum of Contemporary Art. Bucharest, Rumania.
Palace of Art. Bratislava, Slovakia. November 2, 2006-December 2, 2006.
Salon Taidemuseo. Salo, Finland. January 20-April 4, 2007.
Palazzo dei Principi. Reggio Emilia, Italy. April 30-June 15, 2008.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Canada. November 13, 2008-January 25, 2009.
2006 "Le Corps Du Photographe," Galerie Saluden. Quimper, France.
Mai-Photographies. Quimper, Brittany, France.
2nd Lianzhou International Photo Festival. Lianzhou (Guangdong Province), China.
2007 "Fotografi i Fokus Festival," Malmö Museet. Malmö, Sweden.
2007-2008 "Four Decades of Self-Portraits," Barry Friedman Ltd. New York.
2008 "Arno Minkkinen," Fay Gold Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia. April 2-May 10, 2008.
"HOMEWORK: Suomen Kuvat/The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008," Galerie Agathe Gaillard. Paris, France.
"Home Work," Galerie Anhava. Helsinki, Finland. May 16-August 1, 2008.
"SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs," SEE+ Art Space Gallery. Beijing, China.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College. Dallas, Texas.
"In Print: 25th anniversary exhibition," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts.
2008-2009 "SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographs 1970-2005," Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Canada. November 13, 2008-February 8, 2009.
2009 Cavallo Point, Golden Gate National Park at Fort Baker. San Francisco, California.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Empreintes de pieds finlandais - Autoportraits 70/08 (Finnish Footprints: 70/08)," Institut Finlandais. Paris, France. February 26-March 25, 2009.
"HOMEWORK: Suomen Kuvat/The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008," Lahti Art Museum. Lahti, Finland. April 4-May 31, 2009.
"L'Empire Nu d'Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Galerie Valérie Bach. Bruxelles, Belgium.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Weighhtlessness," Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College. Jamestown, New York. June 8-July 30, 2009.
"Residency exhibition," Pour L'Instant. Niort, France. July 2-September 10, 2009.
2010 Shanghai World's Fair, Finnish Pavilion. Shanghai, China. May 1-October 31, 2010.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen - Body Land," Photo & Contemporary. Torino, Italy.
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Juminkeko Gallery. Kuhmo, Finland.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Galerie Confluence. Nantes, France. August 26-October 30, 2010.
2010-2011 "L'Homme Nature: Photographies de Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Royal Theatre of Namur. Namur, Belgium. December 17, 2010-January 23, 2011.
2011 Galerie Agathe Gaillard. Paris, France
"The journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen", in focus Galerie, Köln, Germany

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monographs / Monographien:

- Frostbite, Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, New York, 1978
- Waterline, Marval/Paris, Aperture/New York, and Otava/Helsinki, 1994
Grand Prix du Livre at the 25th Rencontres d'Arles
- Body Land, Motta/Milan, Nathan/Paris, Smithsonian Institution Press/Washington, DC, 1997-1999
- Ten Minutes Past Midnight, Musta Taide, 1999
- SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs, Chronicle Books,
San Francisco, 2005, Special Jury Prize, 2nd Lianzhou International Photography Festival, China
- Swimming in the Air, Cavallo Point, San Francisco, 2008
- Homework: The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008, Like Publishing Ltd., Helsinki, 2008
- Balanced Equation, Lodima Portfolio Series, Lodima Press, 2009

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