Seeking Company for the Marshal

Kiasma Art Competition

29.01.2016 - 27.03.2016

Exhibition showcases the finalists of the Kiasma Art Competition

The equestrian statue of Marshal Mannerheim is an almost iconic sculpture that is known to all Finns. Together with Kiasma, the Finnish State Art Commission organised a competition for a new work of art to be installed near Kiasma. The aim of the competition is to find a work that challenges conventional ideas and stimulates new ideas and debate about art in public space.

This exhibition showcases the finalists of the competition. It also includes presentations of all 363 submissions received. The entries were submitted anonymously under pseudonyms. The winner will be announced in Kiasma on 10 March 2016. The audience can also vote for their favourite.

The six finalists are the following artists and groups: Harri Ahonen, Antti Immonen, muesli art collective (Louis Darcel, Maëlle Delaplanche, Hannah De Corte and João Freitas), Anssi Pulkkinen, Nestori Syrjälä, and the team composed of Aet Ader, Andra Aaloe and Flo Kasearu.

The construction of the Museum of Contemporary Art next to the statue was hotly debated in he mid-1990s. Today the surroundings of Kiasma and the Helsinki Music Centre are an urban meeting point known for skateboarders, cyclists, demonstrations and cultural events. The area is far from finished, however: the Töölönlahti bay area is being developed even now.