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Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish American photographer, essayist, educator and curator with over 100 solo shows and 200 group exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design, studying there with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. His teaching career began in Finland in 1974 at Helsinki’s Taideteolinen Korkeakoulu and has been extensive and international in scope. Assistant Professor at MIT in the early 1980s, visiting professor at Vevey’s École d’Arts Appliqués in Switzerland for ten y millennium, he is currently the Nancy Donahue Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and docent at Aalto University School of Art, Design, and Architecture in Helsinki.

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Two Hundred Seasons, a cura di Ellen-K Willas, Fotografiska, Tallinn, Estonia


Two Hundred Seasons, a cura di Ellen-K Willas,Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden                                                                                                                     Fifty-Years of Self-portraiture, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY
Going the Distance, Persons Projects, Berlin, Germany


Cinquant ans d’autoportraits, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, France
Moments of Reflection, Retrospective. Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia Earthbound, La Patinoire Royale, Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels, Belgium


Taivaanranta – Firmamento, retrospective, Cultural Center Gallery, Catholic University, Lima, Peru


Taivaanranta – Obala Neba – Firmament, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia Minkkinen, Centro Niemeyer, Avilés, Spain
Mind Over Matter, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, Florida
Floating in the Air, Willas Contemporary, Oslo, Norway.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Il Corpo, Il Sé, Il Mondo, Trevignano Fotografia, Villa Onigo, Trevignano / Venice, Italy


Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photo & Contemporary Gallery, Torino, Italy
Shenzhen Photography Festival, See + Gallery, Shenzhen, China
Corpo Como Evidência, SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil
YKSI: Mouth of the River, Bones of the Earth, Snake in the Water, Kennin-ji Ryosokuin Temple

Kyotographie International Photography Festival, Kyoto, Japan Arno Rafael Minkkinen, See + Gallery, Beijing, China
Corpo Como Evidência, SESC Jundiai, São Paulo, Brazil


Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Facing the Camera: 1970 to Tomorrow Barbado Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal Nothing has ever been done before, Antigua Museum of Art, Guatemala


Lumière Brothers Center of Photography Moscow, Russia

Le musée d’art contemporain les abbatoirs Toulouse, France

See+ Gallery at 789 Art District Beijing, China

“Naissance de l’intimitè” – Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, France


Galerie Agathe Gaillard – Paris

Royal Theatre of Namur – Namur


Royal Theatre of Namur,Namur, Belgium

“Body Lands” – Photo & Contemporary, Turin, Italy

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Juminkeko Gallery – Kuhmo

Body Lands – Photo & Contemporary – Turin

Galerie Confluence – Nantes

Shanghai World’s Fair Finnish Pavilion – Shanghai


L’Empire Nu d’Arno Rafael Minkkinen – Valérie Bach Gallery – Bruxelles

Finnish Footprints: 70 / 08 – The Finnish Institute – Paris

Weightlessness – Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown – New York

HOMEWORK: The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008 – Lahti Art Museum

SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs – Winnipeg Art Gallery – Winnipeg

Half Blind – Quimper: (Homage to José Saramago’s Blindness) Chapitre 29 / Carnets d’Artistes. Mai-Photographies.


SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs – SEE+ Art Space Gallery – Beijing

SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs – Galerie Anhava – Helsinki

HOMEWORK: Suomen Kuvat/The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008 – Galerie Agathe Gaillard – Paris

In Print – Robert Klein Gallery – Boston

Palazzo Principi – Correggio / Reggio Emilia


Four Decades of Self-Portraits – Barry Friedman Ltd – New York

Fotografi i Fokus Festival – Malmö Museet, Malmoe

SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs – Salo Art Museum – Salo


SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs – Palace of Art, Month of Photography – Bratislava

SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs – Museum of Contemporary Art – Bucarest

SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs – Brittany: Mai-Photographies – Quimper


SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs. – Robert Klein Gallery – Boston

Vintage Photographs – Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York


Tibor de Nagy Gallery – New York


Robert Klein Gallery – Boston


Arno Rafael Minkkinen: trente ans d’autoportraits – Église Saint Georges, Musée de Normandie,Caen

Never in the Viewfinder – Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe


Joel Soroka Gallery – Aspen

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography – Tokyo


Frequent Flyer – Photo & Co., Torino


Body Land – Galerie Clairefontaine, Louxembourg

High Noon – Barry Friedman Ltd. New York

Body & Photography – American Cultural Center, Prague


Reindeer in the Canyon – – Galerie Nathalie Emprin, Paris

Waterline – Musée de la Photographie – Charleroi

Waterline – Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik. – Odense

Waterline – Sundsvall Museet. – Sundsvall


Arthothèque de Grenoble – Grenoble

Laterna Magica – Helsinki

Braggiotti Gallery – Amsterdam

Waterline – Pori Art Museum. Retrospective. Waterline – Pori

Waterline – Switzerland: Musée de l’Élysée – Losanna

Waterline – L’Artothèque de Caen and Musée de Normandie – Caen


Brittany: Galerie Imagerie / Centre Jean Savidan – Lannion

Akehurst Gallery – Londra


Galerie du Château d’Eau – Tolouse

Le Parvis de Tarbes – Tarbes


Spirit Level – Images Center of Photography, Cincinnati

Prague House of Photography – Praga


Finnice Retrospective – Museum of Modern Art, Nice

Retrospective: Finnice – Galerie Suzel Berna, Antibes

Primordial Image – Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcellona

Available Light Gallery – Jacksonville


Peri Center of Photography – Turku


Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College – Providence


15 Years in Front of My Camera – Galerie Viviane Esders, Paris

Oulu Art Museum – Oulu


Galerie Viviane Esders – Paris

Pori Art Museum. Mattomies – Pori


Photographic Museum of Finland – Helsinki

Maison de la Culture, Reims

Galerie Viviane Esders, Paris


Father & Son – Robert Klein Gallery, Boston


Yuen Lui Gallery, Seattle


Frostbite – Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover

Canon Photo Gallery – Amsterdam




Salute to the Master – Dali City, China. Dali City International Photography Festival.

Salute to the Masters – Beijing, China. SEE + Art Space Gallery, 798 Art District.

Manifold – Clarksville, Tennessee: Austin Peay State University Gallery

Arno Rafael Minkkinen – Arles, France: Fondation Vincent Van Gogh.

Auction for street children of Calcutta – Milan: Pyari Onlus. In collaboration with Fondazione Mazzotta and Sotheby’s International.

ArtParis + Guests – Paris: Grand Palais. Le Café Français Art Gallery.

AIPA – New York: Robert Klein Gallery.

The Armory Show – New York: Barry Friedman Ltd., Galerie Anhava.


Reality Revisited – Stockholm: Moderna Museet.


Tracking Traces – Helsinki: Kiasma Contemporary Museum of Art.

40th Year Anniversary Exhibition – Helsinki: Finnish Museum of Photography.

Forum für Fotografie: “Light/Writing” – Cologne: Literaturhaus.

Art Miami – Miami: Barry Friedman Ltd.

Expérimentations photographiques en Europe des années 20 à nos jours. – Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, Beaubourg.

Prix Pictet Finalist Projection – Paris: Palais de Tokyo.

Paris Photo – Paris: Robert Klein Gallery.

Friends Without a Border, 12th Annual Auction – New York: Angkor Hospital for Children benefit.

Face to Face – Lincoln, MA: DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park.

Influence and Coincidence – Boston: Covering Photography: Imitation, Karl Baden, curator. Boston Public Library

Minotaur in the Mirror – Plymouth, NH: Plymouth State College.

Union Hall – Rockport, Maine: Maine Media Workshops.

Cavallo Point at Golden Gate National Park – San Francisco, California

Art Base – Basel: Galerie Anhava.

Art Chicago – Chicago: Galerie Anhava, Barry Friedman Ltd.

AIPAD – New York: Robert Klein Gallery.


Art Miami/AIPAD Miami – Miami: Fay Gold, Barry Friedman Ltd./Robert Klein Gallery

Paris Photo – Paris: Robert Klein Gallery, Galerie Anhava.

Art Forum Berlin – Berlin: Galerie Anhava.

C Photo Magazine – New York: Phillips de Pury & Company.

One Shot Each – Odense, Denmark: Museet for Fotokunst. Brandts Klædefabrik.

Paris Art Fair 4 – Paris: Sonia Zannettacci Gallery.

Brussels Art Fair – Brussels: Galerie Anhava.


Contemporary Art Fair – Palm Beach, Florida: Barry Friedman Ltd.

Paris Photo – Paris: Robert Klein Gallery.

Photo LA – LA: Susan Spiritus Gallery.

Nordic Light Festival – Kristiansund, Norway.

The Light Factory – Charlotte, North Carolina

AIPAD show – New York: Barry Friedman Ltd., Robert Klein Gallery.


“Nudi d’Autore – Fotografie di Fontana e Minkkinen” – Fond. Bottari Lattes, Monforte d’Alba – 2011
“Suomen kuvat – Homework 1973-2008” – Like ed. – Helsinki – 2008
“SAGA” – Chronicle Books ed., San Francisco – 2005
“Ten Minutes Past Midnight” – Musta Taide ed. – Helsinki – 1998
“Body Land” – Federico Motta ed. – Milano – 1997
“The Waterline Portfolio” – Aperture ed. – New York – 1996
“Waterline” – Marval ed. – Paris – 1994
“Frostbite” – Morgan & Morgan ed. – New York – 1978


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