Generation 2023 29 March–20 August 2023
From gathering confessions to everyday observations of a fragment collector, from knitted diaries to monster outfits – in this third edition of Generation triennial, the young artists’ relationship with creativity continues to be multidisciplinary and open-minded. The artists of Generation 2023 move fluidly across different art forms avoiding strictly defined genres.
Hans Op de Beeck: The Quiet Parade 21 Sept 2022 – 26 Feb 2023
In The Quiet Parade, Hans Op de Beeck’s hypnotic world took over Amos Rex from 21 Sept 2022 – 26 Feb 2023. The Belgian artist created a new immersive installation, which invited the viewer to ponder the ordinary moments and the essential questions of being.
Hans Op de Beeck is known for his large-scale spatial installations and figurative sculptures capturing moments frozen in time, but he moves in a variety of ways between different media. Today, his almost monochromatic body of work also includes paintings, animations, texts, drawings, photographs, videos, opera and theatre. The reflection of our complex society, as well as the universal questions of existence and mortality, are frequently recurring themes in his art.
Tadashi Kawamata: The Nest 7 May – 4 Sept 2022
The Nest by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata was an outdoor sculptural installation in which reclaimed materials surged over the roof of the Lasipalatsi building and soared up the courtyard chimney 7 May – 4 Sept 2022.
Subterranean 2 April–21 August 2022
There is much more beneath the earth’s surface besides earth, minerals and roots. There is also the glowing magma of volcanoes, underground aquifers, unexplored caves, rabbit holes, catacombs and metro tunnels. Amos Rex’s Subterranean was an extensive exhibition consisting of four themes that explored how artists through the centuries have depicted the worlds beneath our feet.
Bill Viola: Inner Journey 22 Sept 2021–27 Feb 2022
In the subterranean exhibition rooms of Amos Rex, Bill Viola’s artistic register was on full display: from large immersive projections of mythically flowing waters and fires, to smaller, intimate works that home in on emotions and states of being. Bill Viola: Inner Journey at Amos Rex was the artist’s first solo show in Finland.
Studio exhibition Between us 12 May–5 Sept 2021
Between us brought work by three artists to spaces beyond Amos Rex’s exhibition halls into areas that have not so far been used for exhibitions. The show features six installations; all of them have been created specifically for and to the exhibition’s spaces. The works of Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen prompt us to ponder the concept of memory, our complex relationship to the environment, and the elusive nature of beauty. In the exhibition, viewers move from a billowing red world, through a babbling ecosystem to the brink of parallel realities.
Raija Malka and Kaija Saariaho: Blick 12 May – 22 Aug 2021
Blick is a multisensory total work of art by visual artist Raija Malka and composer Kaija Saariaho. The exhibition takes us into the midst of a sound work by Saariaho and installations by Malka.
The audience is invited to participate in creating Blick by moving through it, observing it, becoming immersed in it or constructing their own arrangements. When arriving at the exhibition, the audience enters also the work of art. Blick features chairs and steps where visitors can sit and unhurriedly immerse themselves in the artwork’s world.
Egypt of Glory 9 Oct 2020 – 10 March 2021
Egypt of Glory was shown in two parallel locations: at Amos Rex in Helsinki, and at the Art Museum of Estonia’s Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. The rare two-part exhibition is based on one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian art and culture outside Egypt – the collection of Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy.
Generation 2020 12 Feb–23 August 2020
Generation 2020 is a fascinating peek into the minds and art of an emerging generation of artists. Amos Rex’s exhibition Generation 2020 presented works by over 80 artists aged 15–23. The diversity of the artists is apparent in the exhibition that shows artworks selected through an open call from over 1 600 proposals. The 150+ artworks of the exhibition 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.
Birger Carlstedt: Le Chat Doré 11 Oct 2019–12 Jan 2020
Amos Rex presented Birger Carlstedt (1907–1975) in an extensive exhibition that encompasses the artist’s entire career, all the way from his abstract experiments of the 1920s to the Concretist period beginning in the 1950s. The exhibition includes a reconstruction of the legendary café Le Chat Doré, “The Golden Cat”.
Ars Fennica 2019 19.6.–8.9.2019
Ars Fennica 2019 exhibition presents the five candidates vying for Finland’s most notable visual art award: Petri Ala-Maunus (FI), Miriam Bäckström (SE), Ragnar Kjartansson (IS), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS) and Aurora Reinhard (FI). Central themes of the exhibition jointly arranged by Amos Rex and Ars Fennica include the role of the artist, power relations, new pictorial realities and the Western tradition of landscape painting.
Studio Drift: Elemental 6 March–19 May 2019
Amos Rex is thrilled to present the works of Amsterdam-based artist collective Studio Drift. Comprising film, sculpture and installations, the current exhibition explores the basic premise from which all living beings operate: single entities attaching themselves to larger contexts. Founded in 2007 by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, Studio Drift work across a range of media, navigating the boundaries of art and technology with great ease. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Drifter, a utopian vision of a concrete monolith floating silently towards an unknown destination.
Magritte: Life Line 8 February–19 May 2019
The works of the Belgian painter René Magritte (1898-1967) are shown for the first time in Finland at Amos Rex. Magritte, who is considered a leading figure in Surrealism, is particularly known for his works that turn everyday reality upside down; an apple fills a whole room and a nose becomes a pipe. The familiar is suddenly bafflingly strange. The exhibition puts the artist himself centre stage: it is constructed around Magritte’s Life Line lecture, given in Antwerp in 1938.
teamLab: Massless 30 Aug. 2018–6 Jan. 2019
For its inaugural exhibition Amos Rex presents Tokyo-based teamLab (est. 2001) – a 500-strong interdisciplinary art collective consisting of artists, programmers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, graphic designers and writers, whose aim is to “reconfigure reality” through collective initiatives.