Choi Jeong Hwa, Flower Chandelier, 2012. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen
Choi Jeong Hwa, Flower Chandelier, 2012. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen

4 things to do at Kiasma this summer

SMILE
Already over the museum’s entrance lobby opens the first flowers of the artificial cosmos created by the Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa for his exhibition on the 2nd floor. Choi builds his installations by blending Korean pictorial tradition with global consumer culture. From ordinary consumer goods and colorful plastic beads and vessels, Choi builds surprising installations and sculptures which often make you smile – or what would you say about a shiny pink pig with wings, ready to fly?

Christian Skeel & Morten Skriver, Babylon, 1996. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen

Christian Skeel & Morten Skriver, Babylon, 1996. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen

SENSE
A selection from the museum’s vast collection of contemporary art is on display on the 3rd floor. The selected works by 27 artists are meant to invite and challenge all our senses: one of the installations is made especially for smelling! The artists of the exhibition represent the younger generation of Finnish and Nordic artists.

Jani Ruscica, Omakuva. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Pirje Mykkänen

Jani Ruscica, Omakuva. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Pirje Mykkänen

IMAGINE
Don’t miss on the 4th floor the installation Conversation in Pieces by Finnish artist Jani Ruscica. It contains peculiar objects presented on a white platform; among them red music box, a totem pole, a couple of marionettes, and the portrait of the artist as a ventriloquist’s dummy’s head. All of them are meant to be played by professional performers, and you may only imagine how the objects would act, move or sound when brought to life. Next time the live performers will appear in August

Ernesto Neto, [tapete campo] ondé ki nós vamo?, 2012; Velejando entre nós, 2013. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen

Ernesto Neto, [tapete campo] ondé ki nós vamo?, 2012; Velejando entre nós, 2013. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen

RELAX
Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s huge installation Boa on the 5th floor invites you to sit down, rest and relax. Or, if restless, you may play guitar, drum or maracas – singing is also allowed. The installation reflects on the artist’s recent interest in the culture the Huni Kuin people, one of the indigenous peoples living in the Amazon rainforest. The installation also highlights the basic human need of being together, accepting others. More of Neto’s permissive works are to be found on the 4th floor: enjoy!