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Kiasma 2020 – Finnish paintings and international solos
Curated from a collection donated to Kiasma by Seppo Fränti, Mad Love showcases new Finnish painting. Exhibitions by American artist Doug Aitken and British #edatkins continue Kiasma's series of solo exhibitions by acclaimed international artists. International #contemporaryart also features in the show Weather Report – Forecasting Future, which comes to Kiasma directly from the Nordic Pavilion at Venice Biennale. Liisa Lounila's exhibition continues the museum's series of mid-career surveys of Finnish artists.
Seppo Fränti is a patron and collector of art from #helsinki who began collecting art at the turn of the 1980s. In 2018 he donated his collection to Museum of #contemporaryart Kiasma. The show opening in March 2020 will present a selection of works, entitled Mad Love, curated from Fränti's donation.
The Seppo Fränti Collection comprises an estimated 650 works of art by nearly a hundred artists. With a preponderance of Finnish #contemporaryart, the collection includes paintings as well as paper-based works: drawings and prints. The focus is on works produced and collected in the past 20 years. Fränti liked to acquire works directly from young artists and galleries, and many of them were bought from the graduation shows at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.
"Seppo Fränti's art collection reveals a uniquely personal and sincere fascination with #contemporaryart and living artists. It is bold, open and intimate in its exploration of the human condition through visual art. Many of the artists featured in the collection became Fränti's personal friends, sharing a passion for the vitality of art in articulating human dilemmas in the contemporary world," director of Kiasma Leevi Haapala says of the collection.
INTERNATIONAL AND FINNISH SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Solo exhibition of British artist Ed Atkins (b. 1982) on the fifth floor presents his work Safe Conduct (2016). In addition to Safe Conduct, the show that opens in February will also feature new works by Atkins.
February will also see the opening of a show by Liisa Lounila (b. 1976). In her work, Lounila examines contemporary life through the experience and recording of time. With a penchant for technical experimentation and new materials, she works in all sorts of mediums: the exhibition features videos, sound installations, assemblages, neon work and a VR piece. Characterised by a calculated aloofness and technical precision, the works nevertheless contain a distinctive sense of nostalgia and timelessness. They are inspired by the artist's travel and nature experiences and more broadly by popular culture and visual art.
The highlight of the autumn season is a major one-man exhibition by American artist Doug Aitken (b. 1968). Aitken's work ranges from video and sound installations to photography, sculpture and environmental art. Employing a broad, expressive spectrum, his works lead the viewer towards the unknown while offering unexpected angles on nature, technology and our evolving relationship with images and the pictorial representation of the world. The key piece in Aitken's exhibition is Song 1, an enormous 360-degree panoramic video installation from 2012. It is based on new variations of the vintage hit "I Only Have Eyes for You" (1936).
FROM THE VENICE BIENNALE TO KIASMA
The spring season at Kiasma will be launched on 31 January by Weather Report: Forecasting Future. On display until the end of November 2019 in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, The exhibition is themed around the varied relations between the human and nonhuman in an age when climate change and mass extinction are threatening the life on Earth. When imagining the future, humans face the need to renegotiate the existing interspecies relations. By assimilating visitors' bodies to other life forms, the exhibition attempts to establish a connection with more-than-human agencies. The artists featured in the show are the Finnish artist duo nabbteeri (Janne Nabb, b. 1984 & Maria Teeri, b. 1985), Norwegian Ane Graff (b. 1974) and Swedish Ingela Ihrman (b. 1985).
The spring season will also include the third show in the series Kiasma Commission by Kordelin, and the autumn will see a surprise exhibition featuring Finnish sound art.
Weather Report: Forecasting Future, previously featured in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, 31 Jan –16 Aug
Ed Atkins 28 Feb – 23 Aug
Liisa Lounila 28 Feb – 26 Jul
Seppo Fränti Collection 27 Mar 2020 – 10 Feb 2021
Doug Aitken 18 Sep 2020 – 10 Jan 2021
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