ARS22 will inaugurate renovated Kiasma

An extensive renovation of the Kiasma building began in January 2021. Initially closed due to Covid-19, the museum will remain closed until April 2022, when the ARS22 exhibition will once more bring together international contemporary art and the public in the space dedicated to shared experiences and community.

Social disconnectedness is threatening the wellbeing of humanity on a global scale. The world is divided by profound conflicts in public speech, attitudes and politics. The ARS22 exhibition seeks to make room for empathetic encounters and contribute to the transformation of a divided world into a united, collectively shared world.

The world consists of an ecology of multiple systems. Dreams, ideas and stories commingle with issues concerning the environment, economy, technology, religion and politics on the level of individuals and communities as well as societies. Art is a domain of creativity that can investigate society and present alternative interpretations of our shared world.

ARS22 will provide a place to share experiences and exploring issues that touch us all. The works will shine a light on aspects of existence that are common to all of humanity, demonstrating that individuality is founded on shared aspects of life. ARS22 will tell stories of the present and lay out alternatives for the future. Stories make us think and see differently. They entertain us, create alternative realities and make us imagine and believe in the possibility of different futures. Above all, ARS22 will offer hope for tomorrow.

Live performances and participatory art

The tenth exhibition in the ARS series will continue the tradition of showcasing the latest trends in contemporary art. This time around, the exhibition will focus on works with strong immersive, performative and participatory dimensions. For the first time, the show will also include key works from the past decades (starting with the 1960s) that will provide historical background to topical themes. Some of the featured classics will come from the collections of Kiasma a, and other will be on loan from other Finnish and international collections. As a whole, the exhibition will cover all central mediums of contemporary art.

In the ARS22 exhibition performance situation is transformed into an open and shared experience, highlighting random and surprising aspects. ARS22 will feature some of the most interesting artists and art, among them works by such international artists as Arthur Jafa, Sol Calero, Laure Prouvost and Joar Nango. One of  performance artists with participatory approach is Alexandra Pirici. The exhibition also includes historical works from Jimmie Durham and David Wojnarowicz among others. One of the featured Finnish artists is Joel Slotte.

The show is curated by Kiasma’s director Leevi Haapala and chief curator of exhibitions João Laia with a curatorial team from Kiasma. The programme of Kiasma Theatre will also be part of the ARS22 exhibition.

Sun & Sea (Marina)

Sun and Sea (Marina), an immersive opera that won the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Biennale for the Best National Pavilion. Commenting on climate change, the work is a collaborative effort by a Lithuanian team consisting of artist Lina Lapelyte, filmmaker and theatre director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and writer-poet Vaiva Grainytė. The piece takes place on an artificial beach where holiday-makers lie on the sand and share stories and thoughts by singing. The main thrust of the work is concern for climate change. The performance can be viewed from balconies above the stage. The work will be performed in the Merikaapelihalli venue at the Cable Factory in cooperation with the Helsinki Festival in late summer 2022. The production has received a grant from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Exhibition architecture

The architecture of the ARS22 exhibition will be designed by Helsinki-based design studio Korpijärvi Johansson. Founded by interior architect Eliisa Korpijärvi and designer Lauri Johansson, the studio focuses on a holistic design process and ecological solutions. They approach the ARS22 exhibition concept via architectural elements borrowed from the urban space.

“These elements are familiar to us all. People are used to meeting others in settings that include such features, which therefore reinforce their sense of community. The exhibition installation will introduce the recognisable features of stairs, columns and public squares into the galleries, where they are integrated into exhibition functions,” says Lauri Johansson. The design will also focus on the recyclability of materials and reusability of elements.

More information for the media

Head of Communication Piia Laita, tel. +358 (0)294 500 507, piia.laita@kiasma.fi