Detail from Juhani Linnovaara's serigraphy Encounter at the Pond, 2006. Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection. Image Pekka Elomaa, Sinkka (cropped).

Place of Pearls: Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Art Collection

On display now: works by Juhani Linnovaara (1934–2022).

Selected artworks from the Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Art Collection are showcased in a series of mini-exhibitions at Art and Museum Centre Sinkka’s Place of Pearls.

Professor Juhani Linnovaara (1934, Hämeenlinna – 2022, Porvoo) was a Finnish painter and graphic artist known primarily for almost surrealist visions of humanity, as well as odd landscapes and cityscapes. Linnovaara, who created a significant international career, first trained as a goldsmith and then studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Art in the early 1950s.

Linnovaara travelled extensively and absorbed influences form old European art, such as the original and detailed works of Pieter Brueghel (the Elder) and Hieronymus Bosch. The starting point of Linnovaara’s art is usually an event he had personally experienced. Filtered through his subconscious, the artworks become distorted. The colours are strikingly vivid, the figures strange, and the creatures that peer through the blue-of-the-night practically abstract. Characters born from his imagination are sympathetic rather than frightening. The artist believed in the power of positivity.

The Rolando and Siv Pieraccini art collection includes 31 artworks by Linnovaara. The works on display are mainly rather late productions, such as Renaissance Character (2004) from the artist’s satirical series of historical portraits. Linnovaara often painted nature themes and landscapes in summer evenings or nights. He was fascinated by the special atmosphere created by tree leaves forming a dark silhouette against the sky before the last glimmer of daylight recedes.

Juhani Linnovaara, The Watchman of the Night, 2005, serigraphy, Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection. Image Pekka Elomaa, Sinkka (cropped).

Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Art Collection

Rolando and Siv Pieraccini art collection, donated to Kerava in 2017, includes almost 1600 artworks by 15 Finnish artists. The focus is on printmaking, but the collection includes also paintings, drawings, and sketches.

The collection includes artworks by Göran Augustson, Juhana Blomstedt, Marjatta Hanhijoki, Hannu Hyrske, Raimo Kanerva, Pentti Kaskipuro, Inari Krohn, Juhani Linnovaara, Elina Luukanen, Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Onni Oja, Paul Osipow, Esa Riippa, Veikko Vionoja and Rafael Wardi.

The Italian born Rolando Pieraccini has lived in Finland for over 40-years. He is a prominent art collector and earned his living as a publisher of art prints and literature. In 2009, Rolando Pieraccini was awarded the Finnish Finnish Lion Commander’s badge for his extensive work for Finnish visual arts and culture.