Kiasma is the name of Helsinki’s museum for contemporary arts. Outside, skaters spend their days in front of the building and inside permanent and temporary exhibitions entertain and educate visitors. There are lot of Finnish art works, but also international art.
When I visited the museum the first time, I spent more than three hours there. The exhibition is not that big. But a lot of the art works invite you to sit a while in front of them – watching them and watching the people watching them. It is allowed to take photos, which is, unfortunately, not the case in every art museum. So, I also spent some time counting the seconds while pushing the shutter in B-mode.
The museum shows permanent exhibitions which changes from time to time and in addition regular temporary exhibitions. At the time when I visited Kiasma, the uppermost floor was used to show huge video installations on the walls and the ceiling. Luckily, there also was an extensive area to lie down which gave you the feeling to be in the middle of a flower field while watching at the sky (actually at the ceiling with the videos).
The permanent exhibition was called “Tracking traces” and presented the traces everyone leaves behind and experiences in everyday life. I liked the ironic and sarcastic character of many of the artworks, such as the piece “Ban antipatriotic food”, which seems to me to be a characteristic of the Kiasma.
In front of the modern building, which was designed by the American architect Steven Holl, often skaters try their tricks next to the Mannerheim statue. And there is even a half-pipe installed for them.
Tue: 10 – 17
Wed – Fri: 10 – 20.30
Sat – Sun: 10 – 18