New works for the collections

New acquisitions in 2016

During 2016, Kiasma augmented its collection with a total of 123 works by 59 Finnish and international artists.

Kiasma often buys work from its own exhibitions, and many new acquisitions were made from last year’s shows. From the Demonstrating Minds exhibition, which showcased dissent in contemporary art (9 October 2015 – 20 March 2016), the museum bought a wooden sculpture by Kader Attia, which examines repair as a means of addressing trauma, and nine posters by the Suohpanterror group of activists.

From the show by Choi Jeong Hwa (22 April – 18 September 2016), the museum purchased a piece named Happy Happy (2015). Linked to the ubiquitous commodity of plastic and to community, the work was a collaborative effort between the artist, school students from the greater Helsinki area and Friends of Kiasma. Another acquisition was the multimedia work Conversation in Pieces (2016) by Jani Ruscica, which was on show in the Kontti space at Kiasma (4 March – 4 September 2016).

Other key acquisitions included Secret Words and Related Stories (2016) by Jonna Kina, which explores passwords, and Giant (2013) by Salla Tykkä, which takes place in two Romanian boarding schools for gymnasts. Both pieces were acquired from the artists’ solo exhibitions at galleries in Helsinki.

ARS17+ is the online extension of the ARS17 exhibition opened in spring 2017. The collection presents a selection of topical online art which can be accessed anytime and anywhere as part of Kiasma’s collections. For this online collection Kiasma purchased works by six artists through Daata Editions, a platform dedicated to disseminating online art. In addition, Kiasma commissioned six new online works, including an interactive work of sound art by the artist duo Pink Twins, a study of gravitational waves by Tuomo Rainio and computer-composed poetry by Jenna Sutela.

See the whole list: New works for the collections 2016