The Marimekko Spirit exhibition showcasing Marimekko's contemporary art of print making to celebrate the centenary of Finland's independence

Marimekko's theme for the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence focuses on bold patterns and doing things together open-mindedly. In collaboration with two notable Tokyo-based galleries, the Finnish design house organises exhibitions with the title 'Marimekko spirit' to introduce the brand's very essence, the art of print making and its straightforward lifestyle, to the Japanese audience. With over 35 Marimekko stores, Japan is the most important country to Marimekko in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Marimekko Spirit - Paavo Halonen / Maija Louekari / Aino-Maija Metsola exhibition, opened at the Ginza Graphic Gallery on 15 November, focuses on Marimekko's younger-generation designers and the contemporary art of print making. The second exhibition, Marimekko Spirit - Elämäntapa (暮らしぶり), will open at the Gallery A4 exactly one month later and it will explore the dialogue between the Finnish and the Japanese lifestyles in the context of Marimekko's design heritage.

"The exhibited works of these versatile Marimekko artists - Paavo Halonen, Maija Louekari and Aino-Maija Metsola - excellently show the diversity of expression Marimekko currently has to offer through its prints and colours to people around the world. The designers each have their own strongly distinct style and interests, which inspire them and in which they trust in their creative work," says Minna Kemell-Kutvonen who is heading Marimekko's print design and is the supervisor of the exhibition.

The Marimekko Spirit exhibitions are supported by the Embassy of Finland in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence. After Tokyo, the two exhibitions will merge into one travelling exhibition which will tour Japan until the year 2020. All exhibitions have been planned and coordinated by S2 Corporation.