ARS Fennica

13.10.2017 - 18.02.2018

Kiasma proudly presents a joint exhibition by the five candidates for the 2017 Ars Fennica, the most prestigious art award in Finland.

The candidates are Maija Blåfield, artist couple Pekka and Teija Isorättyä, Perttu Saksa, Kari Vehosalo, and Camilla Vuorenmaa. As artists working with photography, painting, sculpture, installation or film, they reflect the diversity of Finnish contemporary art while exploring the potential of different narrative modes.

Vote for Your Favourite

Ars Fennica is the largest visual arts award in Finland. It is presented annually by the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation sr. The foundation was established in 1990 to promote the visual arts, to open up new international contacts for the Finnish art world and to encourage artists in their creative work.

The winner of the award is chosen by an international art expert. For 2017 it will be Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The award is for the sum of 40,000 euros.

The public can vote for their favourite at the exhibition at Kiasma.

The winner of the award and the audience favourite will both be announced in February 2018.

The Ars Fennica exhibition is now being held at Kiasma for the fifth time. The award was last presented in 2015 to media artist Mika Taanila.

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In Their Own Words

Read what the artists have to say about their own works:

Maija Blåfield

Pekka ja Teija Isorättyä

Perttu Saksa

Kari Vehosalo

Camilla Vuorenmaa