Kuntsi Museum of Modern art organizes an international group exhibition from October 2013 until January 2014. The exhibition presents Finnish and European visual artists working with photography, video art or paper art. The element of thread / paper is incorporated in each work as a material or as a symbol bearing different meanings. Unexpected ways of mixing different elements give shape to a variety of works with tangible form and staggering visuals. The exhibition will feature photographic works, video art and installations as well as paper cut-outs.
The participating artists are: Su Blackwell, London (UK), Germán Gómez, Madrid (Spain), Ulla Jokisalo, Helsinki (Finland), Gunilla Samberg, Umeå (Sweden), Flore Gardner, Paris (France), Charlotte Brown, London (UK), Jyrki Parantainen, Helsinki (Finland), Sara Bevan, London (UK), Piritta Fors, Turku (Finland), Salla Lehtinen, Hyvinkää (Finland), Raakel Kuukka, Helsinki (Finland), Maija Närhinen, Helsinki (Finland).
In the autumn season 2013, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art presents recent photographic works by Mia Damberg in her solo exhibition Other Stories more extensively than ever before.
Mia Damberg (b. 1958), who is known as a textile artist, has always approached her work from the perspective of an individual's emotional world. The most important thematic contents in Damberg's work are the study of gender differences, sexual power, power relations in families and relationships, the presence of parents in children's and young people's lives, shame and various taboos and fears. These themes are explored in the exhibition through series of photographs as well as videos and installations.
Just by the waterfront, in the beautiful setting of the Inner Harbour of Vaasa, lies a cultural treasure. In a former customs warehouse you will find one of Finland's most important collections of contemporary and modern art.
A unique package of Minni Music over the years, the magic of the violin and vocal! In this solo concert, Minni Ilmonen focuses on her own compositions, creating a fascinating programme of new music, originating in folk music traditions, with an element of improvisation. Lyrics include lines sung in the Kalevala metre and Ilmonen’s own lyrics.
Besides violin, Minni Ilmonen plays also her compositions for Japanese koto instrument in this concert. Lyrics are Japanese poetry translated into several languages.
Tickets: 15 / 10 / 8 €.
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art presents contemporary photography from Finland and abroad from 12th Octber 2013 to 5th January 2014: International group exhibition Thread and Paper and recent works by visual artist Mia Damberg in her solo exhibition Other Stories. During exhibitions Kuntsi organizes an event, Photo Day on Saturday 23.11.
Programme / Speakers:
12.00 Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, The Finnish Museum of Photography
12.40 Ari Saarto, Union of Artist Photographers
13.15 Gunnar Bäckman, Photographer
13.45 Coffee break, Café Simo
14.45 Guided tour: Thread and Paper & Mia Damberg: Other Stories
15.30 Performance: Music on a long thin wire, Juho Laitinen
Admission Ticket (5 / 3 €).
More information: Curator Pamela Andersson, tfn +358 (0)40 161 9892
Artbook Sale from Wednesday till Sunday in the Museum Shop at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art. Welcome!
The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art was opened to the public in February 2007. The museum is situated in a former customs warehouse in the Inner Harbour of Vaasa. The building has 2,000 m² of space, which has been planned exclusively for museum activities. Thanks to the museum, both national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art are now a permanent feature of Vaasa’s artistic life.
The Kuntsi Foundation, founded by Consul Simo Kuntsi (1913-1984), has had the clear intention from beginning to provide the public with different aspects of contemporary art as well as to collect and present art phenomena from the art world’s recent history. This mission is now continued by the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art.
In 1971 Simo Kuntsi brought his growing art collection to his former hometown with the ambition of expanding the already fine supply of art in Vaasa. He also made an agreement with the City of Vaasa, whereby the city promised to keep the collection in Vaasa as well as to organize space in the form of a museum for it. The premises of the Vaasa Commercial School provided a space for presenting the collection in the 1970s and 1980s. However, in the 1990s, the space available at the school was no longer enough to satisfy the demands of the modern art museum, and the search for new appropriate space for the art collection began. In 2000 the Vaasa City Council eventually made a decision to build a new museum for modern art based around Kuntsi Art Collection. Vaasa City planned and renovated the former customs warehouse to make it a suitable location for an art museum.
The base collection in the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art is the Kuntsi Foundation’s art collection – one of the most important classic collections of contemporary art in Finland covering pop art, kinetic art as well as committed art, informalism, surrealism, new expressionism, postmodernism… The more than 900 works forming the collection are a cross section of modern art history, from international modernists to the Finnish artists of today. But most of all, it is the classic collection of Finnish contemporary art created in the 1950s and onward.
The Kuntsi Collection is constantly growing and other nationally remarkable private collections are both deposited and donated in connection with it. Donations and depositions continue the work started by Consul Simo Kuntsi, and increase the importance of Vaasa in the modern and contemporary art world. Regular cooperation with other museums, artists and collectors in Finland and abroad further expands the museum’s operation as well as the exhibition offerings of the most topical art.
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art is also a forum for inter-artistic collaboration: music, literature, dance and theatre form a self-evident part in the museum’s operation. The museum functions also as a teacher in art education. Different advised activities, guided tours, art clubs, workshops and lectures are organized in the museum. And an atelier called Studio has been especially designed for younger visitors. The Café Simo, a Museum Shop and an art library are also available for visitors’ use in the museum.
Tuesday — Sunday 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.
5 € Adults
3 € Students, seniors
7 / 4 € Combined ticket to Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art and to the Tikanoja Art Museum at the same day
9 / 7 € Combined ticket to Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art and to the Tikanoja Art Museum at the same day (during special exhibitions)
5 € Groupvisitor (more than 10 people)
Youth under 18 free
Free admission on Fridays (not during special exhibitions).
(Tikanoja Art Museum & Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art)
Museum Director Selma Green
tel. +358 6 325 3922
mobile +358 40 687 4694
Curator Pamela Andersson
tel. +358 6 325 3927
mobile +358 40 161 9892
Curator Riina Peltonen
(on maternity leave 14.3.2011 onwards)
Acting Curator Pia Timberg
tel. +358 6 325 3917
mobile +358 40 353 7377
Educational Curator Johanna Kull
mobile +358 40 184 9250
Press Officer Pauliina Pääkkönen
tel. +358 6 325 3924
mobile +358 40 192 3891
Museum Registrar Anniina Pääkkönen
tel. +358 6 325 3928
mobile +358 40 1768 768
Museum Secretary Heli Stenbacka
tel. +358 6 325 3923
Museum Service Assistant (Museum Shop)
mobile + 358 40 183 1288
Museum Service Assistant (Events)
mobile +358 40 356 4870
mobile +358 40 520 3564
mobile +358 40 520 3563
mobile +358 400 789 888
mobile +358 40 593 7592
Kuntsi Museum Of Modern Art
Sisäsatama, FIN-65100 Vaasa
Tel +358 6 325 3920
Fax +358 6 325 3921
Café Simo +358 6 325 3929
Museum Shop +358 6 325 3920
Guided tours, bookings +358 40 356 4870 (Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-1 p.m.)