ARS 11 – Confused organization for the fiftieth of Kiasma

One of the biggest exhibitions in Europe started last week: ARS 11. In winter i received an offer for an unpaid internship opportunity at the organization of ARS 11, after one month negotiations, the person that contacted me literally vanished. ARS 11 is a major international art event filling Kiasma museum of contemporary art of Helsinki with artworks, performances, screenings, discussions and workshops. Even though their confused management, the exhibition celebrates the 50-year history of one of the most important institutions in Finland. Organised since 1961, the ARS exhibitions have played a crucial role in shaping ideas about art and giving a face to contemporary art in Finland.

The ARS 11 exhibition will extend to eight cities in Finland as well as to Stockholm, Sweden. The satellite exhibitions will be curated and produced by the partner museums and will showcase the themes of ARS 11. ARS 11 will be part of the programme of the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture. The contribution of Kiasma will include two video installations from its collections: Where is Where?(2008) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Western Union: Small Boats (2007) by Isaac Julien.
The Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, CCA Lagos, will participate in the ARS 11 project with an exhibition of photographic work by J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere from a career spanning more than 60 years.

Kiasma museum 

until 27th November 2011

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