The number one topic of discussion of the summer and autumn of 2015 has certainly been the refugee crisis, which has extended in a completely new way all the way up North to Finland as well. Both the media and coffee-table discussions have been taken over by the news of the influx of refugees and of the border fences that the European countries have started to erect in order to direct the masses of refugees on new routes.
Contrary to popular belief, contemporary art also needs conservation. A team of conservators is working at Kiasma on the collections and exhibitions, in close collaboration with curators, artists, registrars and museum technicians.
The exhibition of American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) consists of more than 250 works. It offers a broad overview of the key periods of his career, starting with Polaroids of the early 1970s. In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe’s pictures of naked human body blend beauty and eroticism. The exhibition includes also portraits he took of his closest friends, such as Patti Smith and Lisa Lyon, as well as of celebrities like Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono and Richard Gere. In the show there are also two rarely seen experimental video films by Mapplethorpe. Open until 13 September. Lue lisää