THE LAST SUPPER/ Viimeinen Ehtoollinen in TURKU Cathedral

Turku, FINLAND, European Capital of Culture 2011
April 18- July 31, 2011

Francine LeClercq, Andy Warhol and Pauno Pohjolainein open a new perspective on a traditional subject

Turku Cathedral, the Finnish national shrine is in for something new and unprecedented when contemporary art fills the chapels of its middle age church. Pauno Pohjolainen's powerful sculpture, the Last Supper has joined the saints painted on the Agricola chapel's walls. The small Tigerstedt-Wallenstjerna chapel features works by the world- renowned legend of pop art Andy Warhol, and a large installation, mise en [s]cène by Francine LeClercq, dominates the Pormestari side chapel. The underlying theme of all the works is one central to Christian art, namely the last Supper. R.W Ekman, who created the fresco of the last Supper in the main chapel, handled the same subject during the mid-1800s.
The exhibition is being curated by Perttu Ollila.
The last Supper exhibition has been organised by Turku and Kaarina Parish Union. Financial assistance has been granted by the Turku 2011 Foundation, the Archidiocese of Turku, the Church Council and the Finnish Cultural Foundation's Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund. the exhibition is part of the capital of Culture's official program for the year.
Turku 2011 foundation

Photo: © Kantti/

Photo: © Kantti/
Photo: © Kantti/
Photo: © Jussi Vierimaa

Photo: © Jussi Vierimaa
Photo: © Jussi Vierimaa

Photo: © Jussi Vierimaa

Francine LeClercq's Last Supper Untitled is based on the famous fresco, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci and gives the viewer a sense of participation. The exhibition visitor is able to circle the table and take the place of the apostles or place their hands into gloves in a plexiglass box. A web camera housed in the plexiglass box feeds real time events surrounding the communion table, which can be viewed below:
The camera is on daily during the exhibition opening hours between 9am and 8pm local time.

Exhibition Catalogue:

Ollila, Perttu
Viimeinen Ehtoollinen; The Last Supper in Turku Cathedral:
Francine LeClercq, Andy Warhol, Pauno Pohjolainen

Turku and Kaarina Parish Union, Turku 2011
@ 2011 Perttu Ollila/Turku and Kaarina Parish Union

EAN: 9789529982813


Curator: Perttu Ollila
Project Secretary: Jaana Rantala
Graphic Designer: Jari Nieminen/Blind Design
Exhibition architect: Viivi Laine
Contractor: Niku Vaino
Press Officer: Mervi Sipila-Koski