Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
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10:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 20:30
Thursday
10:00 - 20:30
Friday
10:00 - 20:30
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Kiasma is a home of contemporary art where everyone is welcome. Kiasma breaks the boundaries of traditional art museums and follows the latest trends in visual culture. The collections include Finnish and foreign art from the 1970s onwards. The museum is a part of the Finnish National Gallery. Kiasma building was designed by the American architect Steven Holl and opened to the public in 1998. At Kiasma there's also a museum shop and café.
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Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Rautatientori • 4 min walk
  • Kamppi • 5 min walk
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phutty
Tallinn, Estonia1,327 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
A great museum I've been to several times now, most recently just last week when I returned to it for the first time in a number of years.

The big attraction at the moment is its sprawling exhibition of the works of Tom of Finland, which is eye-opening not just in the obvious way (wherein I do love that there are signs on the wall saying that kids aren't forbidden from entering, but parents might want to exercise discretion!) but also for revealing something I hadn't been aware of before - how funny a lot of his work was. And also, simply, what a brilliant artist he was in more ways than one. True, we didn't see any kids while we were there, but it *was* a delight to see what a broad range of visitors the exhibition attracted - from mature-aged ladies discussing the virtues of various works to suited businessmen on their lunchbreaks eyeing up outlandish scenes between work calls and young adults appreciating the art for what it was, none of them with any hang-ups about the subject matter.

Elsewhere in the museum at the moment is an interesting collection of the art of Daniel Steegmann Mangrané on the top floor, including a slightly head-scratching but if nothing else literally refreshing installation in which you can squeeze yourself some orange juice. Free drinks!

The museum has its own cafe and a great little shop. Ticket prices - this being Helsinki - are a bit *ouch* at €20 a pop for non-members, but are very much worth it for the current line-up. Particularly if you only visit once every few years.
Written 21 May 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,549 contributions
May 2023
On the 3rd floor was a new exhibition of the works and life story of Tom of Finland. Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991) is one of the world’s best-known Finnish artists. He made stylized highly masculinized homoerotic art which was revolutionary at a time when homosexuality was still considered a crime. Today a small minority’s pornography has evolved into art enjoyed by wide audiences.

On our visit, there were also two other exhibitions: Daniel Steegmann's Mangrane and Dreamy - Queer Imaginaries. However, these exhibitions were not so special after seeing the Tom of Finland exhibition.
Written 19 May 2023
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Tuyazh
Eastern Finland, Finland124 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Went there to see the Markus Copper exhibit and even though most of the exhibit was exciting and very interesting, it was a disappointment as some of his works were under maintenance that day. The placement of many of his works was also weird and off putting. Other than that I really enjoyed the video footage and all the material you can't find on the internet. If I went alone, I would've stayed a couple of hours just to soak everything in. Overall the whole building was easy to stroll through, so you could see all the exhibitions. Staff was nice and it was an interesting museum.
Written 4 May 2023
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Mariai
64 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Kiasma is a must-see for every Helsinki visitor. The current Wihuri foundation Expo is very interesting. Go. Now!
Written 6 March 2023
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Vwalters94
Nottinghamshire, UK20 contributions
Feb 2023
The building the museum is situated in is fascinating. The exhibitions I think are changed every so often. When we visited there was an exhibition called Navigating North and then a Markus Cooper exhibit. I enjoyed both exhibits and thought they had a good mix of different mediums.

It is definitely worth seeing if you are interested in architecture and/or art (or if you want to escape the cold for an hour or two!).
Written 26 February 2023
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Expatom
Seattle, WA37 contributions
Oct 2022
My favorite part of this experience was the stunning architecture. The collection of contemporary art is rotating so It's hard to make a general statement about it. When I was there (October 2022) it was mainly a collection of quirky installation pieces, which is what most contemporary art in museums is. One is either intrigued and fascinated by the often controversial statements being made or one hates it. I fall into the former category, hence the high rating.

One installation that stood out to me was a wire wall in front of a large window on which museum goers are invited to place a found object or make their own to put on the wall. They rotate the objects regularly so the wall is constantly changing.
Written 9 January 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,549 contributions
Jan 2023
We have Finnish museum cards and the entrance is always free for us. So it was easy and pleasurable to escape the freezing cold temperatures inside this museum. With the 20 euro entrance fee, I would think twice before entering.

The top 5th floor has usually the visually most stunning exhibitions because the space is so high. So it was also this time.

There was Markus Copper's exhibition 'The Taste of Metal'. He is best known for his large, spatially dominating works that feature sounds, mechanical movement, or light. On our visit, many of his works were inoperational but still visually quite striking.

Floors 2-3 had quite an interesting exhibition 'Navigating North'. It had a focus on works by artists from or working in Northern Finland.
Written 8 January 2023
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Hugh
South Ozone Park, NY1,234 contributions
Jul 2022
The building itself is as interesting as the art it contains. It is centrally located and will give you a greater appreciation of Finlannd's very modern art scene
Written 9 September 2022
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nickfromParis
Paris, France156 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
The building is interesting but the entrance fee is expensive for what it is , I was very deceived by the exibitions, very few works deserving attention,because for most of the works shown in the exibits, one would think they were there just to shock and " epater lesl bourgeois"...
Written 20 July 2022
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AlbertAmsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands160 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Strange guys those Finnish. But to be honest, it’s the strangest museum I ever saw, well they finished second just behind the HAM, which was even weirder. But is it worth 18 euro? No. Will I go there again? No.
Written 13 July 2022
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