Finnish Contemporary Art Now! Kiasma's Role as a Collecting Institution


From 10 February 2017




Garage Auditorium
Finnish Contemporary Art Now! Kiasma's Role as a Collecting InstitutionFinnish Contemporary Art Now! Kiasma's Role as a Collecting Institution


Leevi Haapala, director of the Kiasma museum will talk about the approach of shaping the permanent collection of one of the leading world museums of contemporary art.

A museum's collection is one way of telling our story as a nation. What kind of story do we want to tell? Contemporary art is created and displayed in a context that is characterized by interaction between local and global culture. Finnish contemporary art has become an important part of the international scene with its biennales, topical museum exhibitions, and art fairs.  Kiasma’s collections—as an important part of Finnish National Gallery's collections— are currently developed by acquiring important works of contemporary art of outstanding quality, regardless of national or geographic boundaries, with an underlying focus on art from nearby regions.



Leevi Haapala, PhD, is a curator, art writer, researcher of contemporary art, and director of the Kiasma's museum. He previously worked as a Praxis Professor, Exhibition Studies, MA Program in Academy of Fine Arts, University of Arts, Helsinki (2014-2015) and as curator for collections in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki (2007-2014).  He has been a board member of the Pro Arte Foundation and IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki since 2009, and a member of the selection board of the Young Artist of the Year at Tampere Art Museum since 2012. He has also been a board member at the Design Museum, Helsinki since 2017. He was chairperson of the AVEK prize, 2015 (The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture Finland), and chair of the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Live Art Prize 2015.