ARS22 / Living Encounters
Apr 8 – Oct 16, 2022

Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1981-1982, documentation, 1981–82, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

ARS22 brings the freshest and most compelling works and cutting-edge artists to Kiasma, creating a space dedicated to shared experiences and community.

ARS22 uses art to create a shared world

Art has the power to investigate society and present alternative interpretations of our shared world. Works featured in ARS22 explore the everyday lives and dreams of individuals and communities. They raise questions about our relationship with the world, with nature and history, spirituality and technology.

The exhibition offers places for encounters and interaction. 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 their own realities. They offer us an opportunity to think and see differently but also point out a way forward.

 

Annika Eriksson, I am the dog that was always here (loop). I am the dog that was always here (loop), 2013 / Courtesy of the artist Video still

Hanan Benammar, Black Box. Ways of seeing., Photo: Leif Gabrielsen

Donna Huanca, Melanocytes/Etheric Template, performance, 2016, Photo: Finnis National Gallery/ Petri Virtanen

Eva Koťátková , What Does a Turtle Feel Through the Carapace: Interspecies Traveling Classroom, 2022, Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

Grada Kilomba, ILLUSIONS Vol. III, Antigone, 2019, Courtesy the artist and the Goodman Gallery, Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One Day This Kid – Portfolio), 1990–1991 / 2018 © The Estate of David Wojnarowicz; PPOW Gallery, NY. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

The very latest in contemporary art alongside historical works

ARS22 is the tenth installment in the series of major international contemporary art exhibitions originally launched in 1961. Over the decades, the ARS exhibitions have presented the public with the latest trends in contemporary art.

ARS22 will present some of the most compelling artists and art of the day. Extending to all floors of the Kiasma building, the exhibition is a comprehensive view of the latest trends in international contemporary art. It also includes new artworks commissioned specifically for ARS22.

 

Jimmie Durham, Arc de Triomphe for Personal Use, 1996, Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Featured at ARS01, Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Kimmo Kaivanto, When the Sea Dies II, 1973, Sara Hildén Foundation / Sara Hildén Art Museum, Featured at ARS74, Photo: Sara Hildén Art Museum / Jussi Koivunen

Laure Prouvost, [nimetön], 2022, Kansallisgalleria, Co-commissioned by Kiasma / Finnish National Gallery and La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Supported by Institut français de Finlande and Hanaholmen Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre. Photo: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen

Francis Bacon, Two Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer, 1968, Sara Hildén Foundation / Sara Hildén Art Museum, Featured at ARS69, Photo: Sara Hildén Art Museum / Jussi Koivunen

Samson Kambalu, Hiltunen Republic, 2022, Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Luis Lázaro Matos, Atlantis, 2022, Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Liberation Compass, 2018, Courtesy the Artist, Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Visitors will also come across live art, as performative works are presented not only in Kiasma Theatre but also in the exhibition galleries.

ARS22 will be the first in the series to feature key works from the past decades, starting with the 1960s. They will provide historical background to topical themes and elucidate the history of the ARS exhibitions. Some of the featured iconic works come from Kiasma’s own collections; others are on loan from Finnish and international collections.

The exhibition culminates in autumn 2022 with the Lithuanian participatory opera Sun and Sea, which will be performed at the Merikaapelihalli venue in the Cable Factory. The work was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Its performance at the ARS22 exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Helsinki Festival.

 

Sol Calero, El Autobús / The Bus, 2019, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

Ima Iduozee, Diaspora Mixtapes

Danutė Kvietkevičiūtė, Grass (Dedicated to M.K. Čiurlionis), 1975 / Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Photo Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Sheela Gowda, Collateral, 2007, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

Vojtěch Kovařík, The Three Fates: Clotho / Lachesis / Atropos, 2021, Courtesy the Artist and Mendes Wood DM, Photo: Matěj Doležel

Featured 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 Matos, 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

 

ARS22
April 8 – October 16, 2022
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
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