The exhibition Art Battle celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary. Kuntsi museum of modern art invited by an open call all interested in making an exhibition to submit an application to Art Battle. Four groups were selected among good applications, and they will show their skills in visual arts by choosing the works for the anniversary exhibition.
The exhibition presents the Kuntsi art collection, which is an outstanding collection of Finnish contemporary art. The collection contains works from as far as the beginning of the 20th century to the 21st century, but the focus is on art from the 1960s and -70s.
Which group creates the best exhibition from the collection's works? Which group chooses the most interesting works? The exhibition visitors vote for the winner of Art Battle among the four alternatives.
The exhibition concept is designed by supervising curator Kira Sjöberg.
The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art will house Marjo Levlin's solo exhibition Dreams, Ghosts. Staged on the ground floor of the museum, the exhibition of installations and short films features forgotten stories from a small village in the Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia, stories where people are looking for their livelihood, their place in life, and themselves. Dreams from a hundred years ago are juxtaposed with modern times, and the ghosts of the past come to life.
One of Levlin's latest works to be on display is a video installation dealing with the early 20th-century interest in racial biology and related studies, some of them carried out also in Ostrobothnia. Through the installation, Levlin reflects on what happens when your view of the world becomes too narrow, when comprehensive understanding and humanity disappear.
Another theme introduced in the exhibition is the dream of finding a better life somewhere else, which is expressed in the early 20th-century emigration from Finland to America and the wave of migration to Europe today. The exhibition also tells about common memory and how quickly ordinary people's stories are forgotten and lost from the collective consciousness.
Marjo Levlin (b. 1966) is a Finnish artist living and working in Helsinki. In her works, she contemplates both personal and universal themes, combining history and current phenomena. Originally a painter, Levlin now works mainly in installations and short films and often uses found and collected objects as her construction materials.
The exhibition is produced by the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art.
Marjo Levlin: Still from video installation Dividual Individual, 2017.
The exhibition presents both artist’s productions, partly in retrospective, but also combined works. The themes of the exhibition are cultural and national identities as well as ponderings about newcomers in Finland and the concept of origin through plants but also video art and interventions.
Photo: Kalle Hamm j& Dzamil Kamanger, Working in Public Spaces, photograph, 2010-
The exhibition Beauty of Tragic Elegance at Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art 4.2.–23.4.2017 presents the production of artist Anita Jensen both retrospectively and with new series of photographs.
Anita Jensen is a Finnish visual artist and graphic artist who combine elements of Japanese and Finnish cultural heritage in her art. Jensen’s art contains a powerful sense of transience, deformation and the forms of Japanese beauty in all their variety. The works are like peepholes into another time and place, other lived moments, in the moods of which the viewer can participate as an outside observer.
Anita Jensen succeeds in capturing the core of Japanese culture, arts and aesthetics. It appears in her work in fleeting moments and aesthetic climaxes, unfolding in lucid subliminality or perfectly controlled awareness, and in surprising forms of manifestation. Traditional Japanese aesthetic concepts – the beauty of the lean and withered, the union of the elegant and the grotesque – reoccur throughout her work. These aesthetic polar opposites, or their ‘juxtaposition’, generate a particular tension in Jensen’s work, which is also manifested as open-mindedness and curiosity, enabling us to observe Japanese culture and art from new but also surprising angles.
On the other hand, Jensen’s works also emphasise the polarity between alien and familiar, and their natural unity, that is characteristic of Japanese culture and society as well. They open up Japanese culture and beauty for us in a new way, clear and unpretentious, yet nuanced with Jensen’s robustly Finnish, powerful expressiveness.
The exhibition is produced by Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art.
The summer exhibition Nature of Man at Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art presents the production of visual artist, sculptor and environmental artist Anni Rapinoja from two decades. The exhibition radiating the tranquility of nature offers the visitor a sanctuary and a moment’s rest in the middle of everyday hustle and bustle, fears and worries. At the same time, the exhibition reminds us of the fact that we are still part of nature.
Anni Rapinoja (b. 1949), who lives and works in Hailuoto, an island in the northern Gulf of Bothnia, is one of Finland´s most internationally successful artists. She has been active in organising and participating in exhibitions since 1979. Rapinoja’s works have toured in exhibitions all over the world, including faraway places such as New York, Japan and China. Her works are part of many significant public collections, especially in Finland and Sweden. Nature in all its diversity is the starting point for Anni Rapinoja's creative work, as well as being her “colleague”. “Nature's contribution is almost always distinctly perceptible and the material is identifiable in my artwork. I feel that I'm just a mediator of nature's messages.”
The earliest works in the exhibition date from 1996. They represent a novel genre in Anni Rapinoja's production that was born when she began to leave her works bare, without shielding glass or cases. In the series Wardrobe of Nature (2005–2011) forms derive from the world of man and materials from nature. Works from this series were included in the exhibition Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland at MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, where contemporary art from Finland was displayed. An elk, a roe deer, a rabbit and a hare have been Rapinoja’s “colleagues” since 1996, as can be seen in the installations of the series Natural Lights (2014–15), consisting of innumerable droppings.
Anni Rapinoja’s most recent production is represented by an installation The Same Sea (2016), which fills the ground floor of the museum. The sound world is designed by music producer Jürgen Hendlmeier, who also lives in Hailuoto and who has composed the music for the work with his electronic instrument called a trautonium.
An earth artwork A Window of the Earth in the park in front of Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art is another dimension of the exhibition. The work, which acts as a vegetable plot, transforms itself according to the seasons and the cycles of nature. In the spring, it is the forms shaped out of soil and mulch materials that play a major role. The seeds sown in them gradually begin to germinate, forming living and growing patterns which, once the winter comes, will undergo another transformation. The work acts as a common garden to the city residents and museum visitors; it may be tended, and its bounty may be used, and enjoyed on a picnic, for example. The work has been realised by the sponsorship of the Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse foundation.
Anni Rapinoja’s working reflects her background as a natural scientist; her studies of geography and botany, in particular, influence her approach and selection of subjects. The key topics in her art are man’s relationship to nature and the quiet changes occurring in nature. For Rapinoja, art is also a form of environmental activism, a way to remind us of important issues. “When we become alienated from nature we feel bad, and mainly as a consequence of that nature suffers. With my works I want to highlight man as a part of nature, the importance of biodiversity of nature and even very small things there. My working method for man and nature is gently influencing through positive measures.”
Nature as “a colleague” requires that an artist has a slow and persistent way of working. Nature often takes over after the job of the artist is done. It continues the modification of the work. “This consists of wandering, looking, investigating, listening, collecting, photographing, drying, pressing, seeking the form, finding and making the piece. The piece can be like a process, lasting for years, continuing and changing. It's a way of life.”
The exhibition UN/SAFE in The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art presents Finnish video art from prominent media artists of our country. Within the theme of security/insecurity we examine how the human handles changes or things that he or she finds strange within themselves or the surroundings. Rituals, places or fellow humans can be lifelines or security factors, but also be seen as threats or something scary.
The exhibition presents the work of 10 artists. These are Marcus Lerviks, Johanna Lecklin, Harri Larjosto, Lauri Astala, Juhana Moisander, Ewa Gorzna, Lena Séraphin, Mikko Kuorinki, Outi Laine and Minna Suoniemi. Marcus Lerviks just recently represented Finland in the Moscow Bienniale. Lerviks’ newest work hasn’t been displayed earlier and represents the most recent video art in the exhibition.
Time wise the works range from the early 2000’s until this day. Video art has in Finland become a more common art form just within a few decades. The art form, which places itself somewhere between the visual arts and films has at the same time also grown to contain many other forms of media and developed into something more complex in the constantly digitalizing world.
The whole exhibition has mainly been collected from works from the catalogue of AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art and work from the Swanljung collection, that are deponated at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern art. The exhibition has been produced by the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art.
Picture: Minna Suoniemi, Lullaby 2012, AV-arkki.
The summer exhibition Out of the Box, which will be opened at Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art on
12 June 2015, presents more than twenty prominent Finnish artists and their most recent
works. The exhibition will be produced by the Cooperative Forum Box and Kuntsi Museum of
Modern Art and curated by Juha-Heikki Tihinen.
Art needs a space of its own, to enable the viewer to experience it to the full. The Forum Box is an artists’ cooperative established in 1996 on the initiave of Art Academic and sculptor Kain Tapper (1930–2004). The cooperative has an exhibition space, the Forum Box in Helsinki, which is open to all art. The purpose of Tapper was to create a space where the focus is on artistic quality, and not on commercialism, for example.
Today the cooperative has over 90 members, the majority of which are visual artists. The exhibition Out of the Box will present more than 20 of the cooperative’s artists and their versatile artistic skills. The participating artists represent a solid and impressive artistic talent. The membership of the cooperative could be described as the polyphony and unpredictability of Finnish visual art in a nutshell. As part of the exhibition, works by one of the most renowned Finnish sculptors, academic Kain Tapper, from the collections of Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art will be on display.
The exhibition aims to capture the spirit of Forum Box, to feature the power and originality of the initiative. The artists in the cooperative are very dissimilar; they do not have any style, technique or ism in common that would describe them all. What they do share, though, is their belief in the possibility of unfettered art. The idea of Tapper was to create a space for it, a place where the focus is on high quality, not on form or any other feature of art. In this way art can help people understand their own world and its essence and also open up new perspectives and horizons.
The current members of the cooperative cannot easily be grouped into specific categories but, classified in accordance with the various media in which they work, they include sculptors, painters, graphic artists, photographers as well as those working on installations and videos. The choices of artists have been guided by the desire to convey the versatility and wide scope of Forum Box as well as to emphasise the presence of different generations of artists. Another aim was to invite to the unique space at Kuntsi Museum artists, who feel as much home in Vaasa as in their homebase exhibition space in Ruoholahti, Helsinki. The Forum Box is a high, unrefined and unsophisticated exhibition space, where art has a space of its own and sufficient room to be itself, in all its glory.
The exhibition to be built at Kuntsi will consist in part of works that have been on display in the Forum Box and in part of entirely new ones. Each artistic ensemble is, however, designed specifically for Kuntsi Museum, respecting its architecture and location. The order of display allows both first-comers and regular visitors to the museum to experience the appearance of art in the space. Our purpose is also to show how art reinvents the space around it and changes our relation to our immediate environment. Art is a mirror, which does not reflect what we want, but which has a power to change everything into its mirror image, that is, into another reality.
The works on display convey the Forum Box’s strong spirit of community, which is about collegiality, regardless of age or any other variable. This, for its part, reflects the undisciplined and fascinating nature of living art. Each artist was advised to be themselves and to represent the Forum Box as a community of individuals where art comes first. The institution, which will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary, has turned out to be dynamic and capable of renewal. The reason for its existence is art, which is what keeps it vibrant and constantly versatile.
The artists participating in the exhibition are Stefan Bremer, Carolus Enckell, Petri Eskelinen, Susanne Gottberg, Radoslaw Gryta, Outi Heiskanen, Emma Helle, Eemil Karila, Pekka Kauhanen, Tapani Kokko, Markus Konttinen, Arto Korhonen, Jukka Korkeila, Markus Kåhre, Johanna Lecklin, Antti Oikarinen, Tarja Pitkänen-Walter, Jorma Puranen, Janne Räisänen, Antti Tanttu, Marianna Uutinen, Marko Vuokola and Kain Tapper.
The curator of Out of the Box, Juha-Heikki Tihinen, will present the exbition in a curator’s tour to be organised in September. In July, in connection with the exhibition, there will be guided tours for children between the ages 4 to 10 where they will be able to get to know the museum building – a former customs warehouse – and to see contemporary art. Guided tours that are open to the public will be organised on Thursdays and Sundays from 14 June onward. In July (8 to 9 July and 15 to 16 July), visitors will be able to become acquainted with local art collectors in Vaasa in a walking tour around the living quarters of the collectors. These programmes are included in the price of admission. On the Night of the Arts, 6 August, admission to Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art and to the exhibition Out of the Box will be free.
The exhibition UN/SAFE in The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art presents Finnish video art from prominent media artists of our country. Within the theme of security/insecurity we examine how the human handles changes or things that he or she finds strange within themselves or the surroundings. Rituals, places or fellow humans can be lifelines or security factors, but also be seen as threats or something scary. The exhibition presents the work of 10 artists. These are Marcus Lerviks, Johanna Lecklin, Harri Larjosto, Lauri Astala, Juhana Moisander, Ewa Gorzna, Lena Séraphin, Mikko Kuorinki, Outi Laine and Minna Suoniemi.
The exhibition UN/SAFE will be open to the public from 13 February 2016 to 8 May 2016.
Guided tours to the exhibition UN/SAFE will be organised in Finnish on Thursdays at 11 am and on Sundays at 1 pm and in Swedish every other Sunday at 3 pm. Tours are open for the public and included in the price of admission.
Guided tours for groups are available in English by appointment. Contact tour bookings, tel. +358 40 356 4870 (Tue-Fri 10 am-3 pm) or by e-mail, kuntsi.info(a)vaasa.fi.
On Sundays at 1 pm: 14.2. / 21.2. / 28.2. / 6.3. / 13.3. / 20.3. / 27.3. / 3.4. / 10.4. / 17.4. / 24.4. / 8.5. On Thursdays at 11 am: 18.2. / 25.2. / 3.3. / 10.3. / 17.3. / 24.3. / 31.3. / 7.4. / 14.4. / 21.4. / 5.5.
Every other Sunday at 3 pm: 21.2. / 6.3. / 20.3. / 3.4. / 17.4.
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 (closed at the moment), a Museum Shop and an art library are also available for visitors’ use in the museum.
Tuesday — Sunday 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Café is closed at the moment.
Tuesday — Sunday 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.
7 € Adults
5 € Students, seniors, conscripts, unemployed, group visitors (more than 10 people)
Free Youth under 18
Day Ticket to the Museums
12 / 9 €
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Valid for museums: Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Tikanoja Art Museum, Osthrobothnian Museum and Terranova - Kvarken Nature Centre, The Museum of Old Vaasa (open only during summer). All rights reserved. Entrance to the museums during their visiting hours.
22 / 35 €
The Kuntsi Club card is an inexpensive way to become acquainted with the annual programme.
13.4. Maundy Thursday open 11–15
14.4. Good Friday closed
16.4. Easter Day open
17.4. Easter Monday closed
30.5. May Day's eve open 11–15
1.5. May Day closed
18.5. International Museum Day open
25.5. Ascension Day open
23.6. Midsummer's Eve closed
24.6. Midsummer's Day closed
25.6. (Sunday) closed
10.8. The Night of Arts open 15–22
4.11. All Saints’ Day open
6.12. Independence Day closed
31.12. New Year's Eve open 11–15
1.1.18 New Year's Day open
Days with free entry in 2017:
You can visit the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art free of charge on special days.
18.5.2017 International Museum Day
10.8.2017 The Night of the Arts
1.10.2017 City of Vaasa, founding Day
Guided tours for groups are available in English by appointment.
Contact tour bookings, tel. +358 40 356 4870 (Tue-Fri 10 am-3 pm) or by e-mail, kuntsi.info(a)vaasa.fi.
Tour fees during the opening hours (VAT included):
30 € / group (Tuesday-Friday)
50 € / group ( Saturday-Sunday)
60 € / group (special guided tour)
Max. 30 people / group
Guided tours that are open for the public and included in the price of admission, will be
organised on Sundays at 1 pm in Finnish and at 3 pm in Swedish.
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