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.
Read artist presentations in the Gallery Guide that is available below as a pdf-file:
See content remarks for the artworks of the exhibition.
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.
The Exhibition Online
Now you can enjoy art wherever you are! Amos Rex presents video artworks from the Generation 2020 exhibition online. Generation 2020 artworks are presented online in two selections: Absurd times and Seeking connection.
As part of the multi-disciplinary exhibition Generation 2020, 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. See the performance artworks of the Generation 2020 exhibition:
Two artworks from the exhibtion are presented in the museum’s art workshop Studio Rex. Minea Lång’s artwork FOCT (Future of Collective Thinking) 12 Feb–9 Aug and on the final week of the exhibition Nooa Kekoni’s and Jessica Piasecki’s game performance GORS. Studio Rex is a space where visitors may engage with the exhibitions more deeply. The space is reserved from time to time, and that’s because you can book an art workshop or party workshop that will be held in the space. Studio Rex is made possible by Amos Rex’s main partner Danske Bank.
FOCT (Future of Collective Thinking) 12.2.–9.8.
Artist Minea Lång’s artwork FOCT (Future of Collective Thinking) is about changing viewpoints on reality, providing the art testers and their views on art space and power in an otherwise strictly curated museum environment.
The artwork is part of Art Testers – a large initiative has taken all of Finland’s eighth-graders during the last three years to experience culture around the country – to test art.
During March, museum visitors could witness Art testers at work at Studio Rex, where they got to shape the artwork. The work was transferred to the virtual world, so that the Art Testers who could not visit also have an opportunity to participate. Experience the visit in Finnish and Swedish:
Work group: Heidi Bergström, Niko Hallikainen, Matias Heinonen, Minea Lång, Reino Pirttijärvi, Paavo Räihä, Lotta Räsänen, Maija Suominen, Topias Toppinen
The work group thanks: Punavuoren Rauta Oy, Otto Färm, Juuso Pikkarainen, Anna Kirvesniemi, Amy Burgess / Podify, Mediastadi, TeaK / VÄS
GORS is a game performance created by artists Nooa Kekoni and Jessica Piasecki. You can participate by playing or watching the game during the final exhibition week. You can also admire the game world outside of the game times.