The 2024 exhibition programme at Kiasma is dedicated to the themes of belonging, connection and identity. Where are we when we are at home? Who are we, and what is our contact with others? What are the boundaries of home? The year starts with a major exhibition showcasing works from the Finnish National Gallery collection, leading the audience into the themes of home and belonging.
Feels Like Home – Kiasma’s Collection exhibition
The need to belong is shared by many. How is the sense of belonging reflected in identity, our relationship with other people, and more broadly in society? Featuring a selection of works from the museum collection, the show investigates belonging from a variety of perspectives: How do people connect with each other and their environment? The experience of belonging can also be marked by nostalgia for the past or for place that has been left behind. Some of the works in the show examine the impacts of migration. An individual’s sense of belonging can be undermined or strengthened by nationality, state, or language. The works reach out not only to the past but to the future as well: What are the worlds we dream of?
Across six rooms in the museum, Simon Fujiwara (b. 1982, UK) presents a survey of key works spanning a decade of his career. Forming a series of ‘experiences’ visitors will be taken through a set of immersive installations conceived especially for Kiasma. From a reconstruction of a Spanish bar based on the real-life bar the artists’ parent’s ran in 1970s Franco Spain, to a hyperreal wax figure of Anne Frank surveilled by a robotic camera, several of the artists’ projects are brought together for the first time. The exhibition culminates in a presentation of the artists’ latest project Who the Baer, an original cartoon character that seemingly has no identity – no race, no gender, no sexuality – that seeks a self in the world of images. Conceived as both a contemporary artwork and a brand, his latest work reflects on the ever-dissolving boundaries between art and entertainment.
Nina Beier’s (b. 1975, Denmark) sculptures often take ready-made objects as their starting point: pastel-coloured sinks, remote-controlled toy cars, and porcelain vases chart routes from original to copy, traveling through time and space from one culture or historical era to another. In their new contexts, and in the course of this journey, meanings mutate, and sometimes the sculptures are left in limbo, flickering between their own material presence and the image they project. The seriality of the objects, posed in constellation with each other, yield their complete meaning through their multiple iterations. Featuring an element of performance, this retrospective exhibition is the most comprehensive overview of Beier’s work to date.
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Pauline Curnier Jardin (b.1980, France) employs cinematic narrative, installation, sculpture and performance to create immersive art. While investigating prevailing norms and stereotypes, the works can also be wildly humorous and visually abundant in both form and style. Curnier Jardin’s key theme is assumptions about women and marginalised communities, which she deconstructs through the most diverse methods of staging and narrative. The typical materials of her art are history, mythology, religion and folklore.
This thematic exhibition curated by Kiasma examines the Earth as our shared home.
Kiasma Theatre 2024
The themes of home and belonging are at the centre of programming also in the Kiasma Theatre in 2024. It includes a new work by Maria Metsalu, an Estonian choreographer who has been touring Europe for many years. The work is a co-production with performing arts centre Kanuti Gildi Saal from Tallinn and Toaster from Copenhagen. Maija Nurmio is preparing a group choreography that will present the body and breath as home. Liisa Pentti will investigate issues of belonging with six dancers (Hanna Ahti, Anna Maria Häkkinen, Anna Mustonen, Maija Mustonen, Anna Torkkel and Masi Tiitta). an omniscience: an atmos-etheric, transnational, interplanetary cosmist bird opera spanning seven continents and the many verses is a contemporary opera by Himali Singh Soi and David Soin Tappeser, in with Arctic terns setting out to spend the winter in the Antarctic Continent play a major role. The URB festival will celebrate the city, its communities and its youth in June. The full 2024 programme will become available during the autumn.