Three Exhibitions, a Host of Artists and a Raft

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

There and Back Again

9 February – 24 March 2019

Twenty-six artists from the eastern Baltic Sea Region – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Russia, explore the physical and metaphysical journeys of their lives. Many of them have lived through occupation and experienced liberation which has had an impact on their identities, feelings of belonging and of course their memories.

A raft of Estonian beer cans

Estonian Karel Koplimets’ construction of a raft of beer cans filled with polyurethane that actually floats and took the artist on an eight hours trip from Porkkala, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia. Booze cruise takes on a whole different meaning considering the jolly day-trippers from Finland that go to Estonia to buy cheap alcohol while the Estonians sail to Finland for job and better pay.

Skydiving Star

Kris Lemsalu’s Star takes on the shape of a life-size skydiver wearing a Bowie-type Ziggy Stardust suit with two canines on the ground. It’s almost as if the diver is afraid of putting his feet down in case of an attack. But then the dogs look as if they’re bowing towards him/her. The installation is humorous and touching at the same time.

Follow Me

Daria Melnikova is a Latvian artist whose Follow Me shrine of lights, an altar, communion bread and music surrounding the icon of a natural, beautiful woman, is an ironic metaphor for the values of the new generation. Social media is represented in the title where everyone wants more follows and likes while the bread is homemade and gluten-free.

Nationalism is on the rise in Poland and Maria Tobola’s Amber Kebab is a take on popular Middle Eastern cuisine made out of Baltic ‘gold’.
Jenni Yppärila from Finland makes cardboard cutouts of buildings that have stories to tell.

Maija Luutonen

9 February – 29 July 2018

The first in the series called Kiasma Commission by Kordelin has been launched to promote Finnish contemporary artists. Her works are large pieces of cloth stretched across walls and frames together with objects, finely painted sheets of paper and draperies, all of which suggest transience and movement. “Things are never completed. Everything is in motion.”

Maija Luutonen’s stretched fabric

Russian Stardust

9 February – 29 July 2018

Gorbachev with feminine touches leading the Soviet Union away from machoism to a creative administration.

“For some people art is art; for me, it’s my personal life.” Russian artist Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe drowned on Bali in 2013 at the age of 43. His short life was filled with jumping in and out of famous characters, dressing up, performing and being the first drag artist in the Soviet Union. He parodies Brigitte Bardot in a video of this animal lover and conservationist, becomes Mikhael Gorbachev portraying the reforms brought on by Perestroika. His transformations are iconic and can be seen in photographs and videos.