Kiasma is a contemporary art museum located in Helsinki, Finland. Kiasma is part of the Finnish National Gallery. One of the leading museums of contemporary art in the Nordic region, Kiasma delights and provokes, impresses, surprises and entertains.
The museum showcases and collects art of our time. It seeks to make contemporary art accessible to as large an audience as possible and thereby to offer people new experiences and new perspectives on life. Kiasma is the perfect place to enjoy and experience art.
The Kiasma building itself is a major architectural landmark.
What does Kiasma mean?
Kiasma is Finnish for chiasma, a term that describes the crossing of nerves or tendons or the intertwining of two chromatids, the thread-like strands of a chromosome. The name is a fitting symbol for a museum of contemporary art: Kiasma is a place of encounters. It is an arena for the exchange of opinions and the redefinition of art and culture.
Part of the Finnish National Gallery
The Finnish National Gallery comprises three museum units: the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Ateneum Art Museum and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The National Gallery is responsible for the State Art Collection.
Around Kiasma video tells about the history of the Kiasma site. The Parliament House and the Lasipalatsi and Postitalo buildings are all landmarks that were built in the 1930s. In 1960, thousands of spectators attended the unveiling of the equestrian statue of Marshal Mannerheim. The construction of the Museum of Contemporary Art next to the statue was hotly debated in the mid-1990s. Today the surroundings of Kiasma and the Helsinki Music Centre are an urban meeting point known for skateboarders, cyclists, demonstrations and cultural events.