Art from the North
The body of works donated by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation to the City of Rovaniemi is one of the most significant contemporary art collections in Finland. Comprising more than 3,400 artworks, the collection offers a broad view of Finnish contemporary art from the 1960s to the present day.
The upcoming exhibition in Kiasma presents a broad selection of works from the collection, with a special focus on artists who were either born in northern Finland or who live and work there today.
“It has been fascinating to explore Wihuri Foundation’s diverse and abundant collection. It includes many artists and works we are already familiar with in Kiasma, but it has also opened up an intriguing view of contemporary art in Northern Finland. The selection of works we have prepared focuses on the themes of nature and identity that are strongly represented in the collection,”
– Kati Kivinen, Kiasma’s Chief Curator of Collections
The exhibition continues the collaboration between Finnish National Gallery and the Wihuri Foundation that was launched in 2017. Its most visible manifestation is the annual Wihuri Day, giving the public free admission to the Finnish National Gallery’s museums Kiasma, Ateneum and Sinebrychoff, courtesy of the foundation. The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation celebrates the 80th anniversary of its founding in 2022.
From Kiasma the exhibition will travel in 2023 to the Rovaniemi Art Museum Korundi.