press release

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is closed for renovation and will reopen in March 2015 with great exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s works. Meanwhile we have a wonderful opportunity to show our collections nearby Kiasma in Kunsthalle Helsinki (Taidehalli).

How do the works from Kiasma look like when they are exhibited outside their own museum in the Kunsthalle, constructed in 1928 for a different period and a different conception of art?

The placement of the works in the galleries and their mutual dialogue impart a different mood to each gallery. The exhibition as a whole challenges conventional notions of beauty: Richard Deacon’s Almost Beautiful would be an apt characterisation of the show. The experience of beauty in the exhibition can be found with many senses.

The collaborative exhibition is curated by Eija Aarnio from Kiasma and Hanna Mamia-Walther from Kunsthalle Helsinki. A total of 30 works were selected for the show from among the 8,500 works in Kiasma Collections. The show features work artists representing such genres as minimalism, kinetic art and 21st century painting and sculpture. The show includes several works from the Kouri Collection and a few more recent acquisitions that have not yet been exhibited in Kiasma.

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will be reopened from March 2015.