Art Competition – The Results

Harri Ahonen & Nestori Syrjälä, Shared 1st prize. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

In November 2014 the Finnish State Art Commission and Kiasma announced an open call to artists for a work of art to be sited near Kiasma. The work was not required to be a permanent monument but rather a piece of art that would challenge conventional ideas and stimulate new ideas and debate, and would perhaps be participatory as well.

A total of 363 submissions to the competition were received, and from among them the following artists and groups were selected to the second phase: Harri Ahonen; Antti Immonen; muesli art collective: Louis Darcel, Maёlle Delaplanche, Hannah De Corte, João Freitas; Anssi Pulkkinen; Nestori Syrjälä; and team Aet Ader, Andra Aaloe and Flo Kasearu.

An exhibition showcasing the entries selected for the second phase opened in Kiasma in January 2016, taking its cue from the equestrian statue of Marshal Mannerheim in front of the museum.

The winner was selected by the jury from the showcased entries during the exhibition. The shared first prize was awarded to Running Man by Nestori Syrjälä and to Watercolour by Harri Ahonen.

Honourable mention as an interesting concept was awarded to Discomposition (with a grid) by Anssi Pulkkinen.

Ahonen’s Watercolour was also elected as the favourite work by the public and the Friends of Kiasma.