Amos Rex’s spring exhibition Generation 2020 presents the works of over 80 artists aged 15–23, selected from an open call that received over 1,600 work proposals. The exhibition displays a versatile array of contemporary art, including photography and video art, sculpture, textile arts and performance. Generation 2020 is a fascinating peek into the thoughts and art of a rising generation of artists.
Artists address the major phenomena and questions of our time, often through personal experiences. The exhibition covers a total of 150 bold and original artworks. They take us through subjects, such as sexual identity, climate change, technology and future, well-being, craftmanship and visual arts traditions as well as social and personal memory.
Generation is a triennale, i.e. repeated every three years. The exhibition has grown significantly from the first exhibition, arranged at Amos Rex’s predecessor, Amos Anderson art museum, in 2017.
Artists of the Generation 2020 exhibition:
Saara Sinai Abdi / Mimmi Ahonen / Henri Airo / Mikael Alanko / Ellinor Andersson / Beriwan Ceylan / Soyoung Chung / Vera den Arend / Catrin Edlund / Emil Fihlman / Filipp Girishan / Jasmin Gummerus / Malin Gustafsson / Birit Haarla / Jere Hasunen / Pauliina Heiskanen / Emili Hellman / Venla Huhtinen / Jenny Hytönen / Hermanni Härmälä / Johan Högsten / Ona Iivonen / Leevi Ikäheimo / Lotta Ilonen & Veera Huppunen / Kamala Company / Siiri Karhapää / Eero Karjalainen / Mikko Kauppila / Nooa Kekoni & Jessica Piasecki / Aarne Kivelä / Sylvester Kivelä / Riku Koponen / Annika Korhonen / Heikki Korkala / Nadja Koshevenko / Otto Koskelo / Deria Kurkan & Kiia Laatio / Oskari Kymäläinen / Ainu Kyrönseppä / Sakari Kyyrönen / Juho Könkkölä / Emilia Laatikainen / Aura Latva-Somppi / Ville Laurinkoski / Erja Levikari / Liisa-Irmelen Liwata / Eliisa Loukola / Iiris Kamari & Alex Luonto / Annika Luukko / Emil Lyytikkä / Minea Lång / Laura Manninen / Julia Masalin / Karoliina Multas / Mari Mäntynen / Kai Nordfors / Emilia Ojala / Maija Paunu / Viljo Pertola / Sara-Maria Pirhonen / Charlotta Rajala / Iida-Maria Remes / Pinja Salmi / Rosalia Silfer / Tanja Silvestrini / Konsta Ryösä & Joel Stenroos / Elmer Strang / Viktor Sundman / Irene Suosalo / Delilah Sykes / Kaisa Syrjänen & Maija Viipuri / Aki Särkiniemi / Ida Tomminen / Lumi Tuomi / Tuuli Turunen / Sara-Maria Pirhonen & Nenna Tyni / Anna-Karoliina Vainio / Henna Vihantavaara / Verna Virkkunen / Lumi Wiikari / Alma Äijö
The artists of the Generation 2020 exhibition have been selected by a jury led by visual arts Hannaleena Heiska. Other members of the jury include Museum Director Kai Kartio, Head of Education Elsa Hessle, Curator Katariina Timonen and artists of the Generation 2017 exhibition Eliel Tammiharju and Sanni Weckman.
Amos Rex presents video artworks from the Generation 2020 exhibition online. Major, worrying themes often also have absurd features. Many Generation 2020 artists deal with such difficult topics without fear, with both human curiosity and black humor.
As part of the multi-disciplinary Generation 2020 exhibition, you can experience performative works that live in the moment. These works occupy an area somewhere between contemporary theatre, performing arts and other performance art, and emphasise the encounter between artist and audience.
Generation 2020 is a part of the national Art Testers initiative. For the third year running, the huge initiative has involved all of Finland’s eighth-graders in experiencing culture around the country. Amos Rex has invited approximately 1,600 art testers to alter and shape artist Minea Lång’s artwork FOCT (Future of Collective Thinking).