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 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.
Ars Fennica 2019 19.6.–8.9.2019
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.
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.
Magritte: Life Line 8 February–19 May 2019
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.