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The number one contemporary art museum in Finland and part of the Finnish National Gallery, its key role is to present and collect the very latest works in contemporary art.
There are currently about 8,000 works in the collections, and about 100 new pieces are added every year. As part of the collections of the Finnish National Gallery, Kiasma’s collections are an important element of Finnish cultural heritage. Kiasma focuses mainly on works by Finnish artists and that of artists living in nearby countries. The museum also adds to its collections by commissioning new work.
Works in the collections extend from those by artists who began their work in the 1970s to those made in the present. Collection operations cover acquisitions, commissions, loans and depositions, as well as exhibitions and publications.
The building itself is a major architectural landmark situated right in the heart of Helsinki. Kiasma was designed by American architect Steven Holl and opened to the public in 1998.
The mission of Kiasma is to publicize and collect 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.