ARS22

ARS22 will bring the freshest and most compelling works and cutting edge artists to Kiasma, creating a space dedicated to shared experiences and community. The major exhibition is the first to be shown at the newly renovated Kiasma in spring 2022.

  • 8.4.–16.10.2022
All floors
Tickets: with a museum ticket

ARS22 uses art to create a shared world

Social polarisation is threatening the wellbeing of our entire planet. Deep rifts in public speech, attitudes, and politics erect boundaries between people. ARS22 will create a space of encounters, empathy, shared experiences and community.

The works tell of the everyday life and dreams of individuals and communities while raising questions about the environment, economy and technology. Art has the power to investigate society and present alternative interpretations of our shared world.

“Art has the power to investigate society and present alternative interpretations of our shared world.”

ARS22 offers spaces for togetherness and the sharing of experiences. It also reminds us that individuality is ultimately always founded on the common conditions of life.

The stories told by the artworks are entertaining while creating different realities. They offer a chance to think and see differently, and they point a way forwards. ARS22 offers hope for tomorrow.

The very latest in contemporary art alongside historical works

ARS22 will feature some of the most compelling artists and art. The selection will focus on immersive experiences, participation and eventfulness. ARS22 will also cover a wide range of key mediums of contemporary art.

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 and provide a view of the history of the ARS exhibitions. Some of the featured classics will come from Kiasma’s own collections; others will be on loan from Finnish and international collections.

ARS22 is the tenth exhibition in the series, which was launched in 1961. Over the decades, the ARS exhibitions have presented the public with the latest trends in contemporary art.

Featured artists

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Artists

Marina Abramovic & Ulay
Farah Al Qasimi
Evgeny Antufiev
Francis Bacon
Lewis Baltz
Sol Calero
Pia Camil
Jimmie Durham
Annika Eriksson
Anna Estarriola
Cyprien Gaillard
Sheela Gowda
D Harding
Kholod Hawash
Tehching Hsieh
Donna Huanca
Arthur Jafa
Kimmo Kaivanto
Samson Kambalu
Alex Katz
Grada Kilomba
Eva Kot’átková
Vojtěch Kovařík
Essi Kuokkanen
Danutė Kvietkevičiūtė
Mervi Kytösalmi-Buhl
Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen
Luis Lázaro Matosz
Joar Nango
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Frida Orupabo
Howardena Pindell
Laure Prouvost
Anni Puolakka
Michael Rakowitz
Slavs and Tatars
Joel Slotte
Jenna Sutela
Andra Ursuţa
David Wojnarowicz
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 

Performances

Marja Ahti, Jenni Kalliokuju & Essi Kausalainen
Alexandra Bachzetsis
Alex Baczynski-Jenkins
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė & Lina Lapelytė
Anna Maria Häkkinen, Erno Aaltonen & Saara Töyrylä
Ima Idouzee
Mira Kautto, Roy Boswell & Ella-Noora Koikkalainen
Dafna Maimon
Mikko Niemistö
Amanda Piña
Alexandra Pirici
Michele Rizzo
Pia Maria Roll, Hanan Benammar & Sara Baban
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Artworks

Sun and Sea (Marina)

2019

Artists: Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, Lina Lapelyte

Venue: Merikaapelihalli, late summer 2022.

Organised jointly by Kiasma, Helsinki Festival and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Songs of the climate crisis

One of the performative works at ARS22 will be Sun and Sea (Marina) by a group of Lithuanian artists. Commenting on the current climate crisis, the immersive operatic work won the Golden Lion for the best pavilion at the Venice Biennale in summer 2019.

The opera takes place on an artificial beach where sunbathers share stories and thoughts by singing. The main theme of the opera is a concern for climate change. The performance can be viewed from balconies above the stage. The venue is Merikaapelihalli at the Cable Factory.