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Amos Rex brings pioneering video artist Bill Viola to Finland in 2021

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Amos Rex’s offerings next year include Finnish contemporary art and an extensive exhibition featuring video artist Bill Viola – his first solo show in Finland. Two exhibitions planned for 2020 have been rescheduled to the spring and summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic: Between us by Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen, as well as Blick by visual artist Raija Malka and composer Kaija Saariaho.

Bill Viola, The Sleepers (detail), 1992. Video installation. Photo: Courtesy Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Bill Viola, The Sleepers (detail), 1992. Video installation. Photo: Courtesy Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Bill Viola (b. 1951) is one of the most respected video and installation artists of our time. The American artist’s works examine various dimensions of existence. In a career spanning over four decades, his art has focused on central themes in human life such as birth, death, spirituality and introspection. His works combine polished technical execution with powerful emotional expression, bringing the viewer into an immersive, almost sacred experience. Viola has worked closely with his wife Kira Perov since 1978. The Bill Viola exhibition opens at Amos Rex on 22 September 2021.

In April 2021, Between us, a joint exhibition by Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen,brings these three artists’ works beyond Amos Rex’s exhibition halls into spaces that have never before been used for exhibitions. Studies of the aesthetics of art and the built environment lie at the heart of all three artists’ work. The works in the show are created specifically to carry on a dialogue with each other and the museum spaces. Between us launches Amos Rex’s studio exhibitions series, which presents the latest art in a freer, more intimate format and shortens the times when the museum is closed during installations of major shows in the exhibition halls.

The summer of 2021 brings Blick, a joint exhibition by visual artist Raija Malka and composer Kaija Saariaho. This entity, which will fill Amos Rex’s exhibition space in a new, experimental way, is at the same time painterly, spatial and musical. The exhibition’s title, Blick (Gaze) refers to a poem published by artist Wassily Kandinsky in 1912, which is featured in the soundscape created for the exhibition by Saariaho. This multi-sensory installation entices visitors to linger, while giving them the concrete opportunity to create their own arrangements in Malka’s and Saariaho’s universe of colour and sound.

The Generation 2020 exhibition, which presented works by more than 80 artists aged 15–23, closed on 23 August 2020. It attracted 66,000 visitors, 39,000 of them during the first month of the show before museums were closed due to the pandemic. During the period when the museum was shut, from mid-March to early June, the exhibition was also experienced by some 180,000 online visitors through guided tours, video works and features on various works and artists on the museum’s website and social media channels.

2021 exhibition schedule:

Egypt of Glory: 9 October 2020–21 March 2021

Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen, Raimo Saarinen: Between us 14 April–5 September 2021

Blick: Raija Malka & Kaija Saariaho12 May–22 August 2021

Bill Viola 22 September 2021–16 January 2022

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Bill Viola, The Sleepers (detail), 1992. Video installation. Photo: Courtesy Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Bill Viola, The Sleepers (detail), 1992. Video installation. Photo: Courtesy Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
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Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005, Video-sound installation, Photo: Kira Perov © Bill Viola Studio
Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005, Video-sound installation, Photo: Kira Perov © Bill Viola Studio
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Raija Malka & Kaija Saariaho: Blick Photo Sofia Okkonen
Raija Malka & Kaija Saariaho: Blick Photo Sofia Okkonen
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Raija Malka & Kaija Saariaho: Blick Photo Sofia Okkonen
Raija Malka & Kaija Saariaho: Blick Photo Sofia Okkonen
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Between us: Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen. Photo: Sofia Okkonen
Between us: Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen. Photo: Sofia Okkonen
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Between us: Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen. Photo: Sofia Okkonen
Between us: Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen. Photo: Sofia Okkonen
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About Amos Rex

Amos Rex
Amos Rex
Mannerheimintie 22-24
00100 HELSINKI

museum@amosrex.fihttp://www.amosrex.fi

Amos Rex is an art museum where the past, present and future meet. The iconic Functionalist Lasipalatsi (glass palace) and the new gallery spaces under its undulating square provide 10 000 m2 for unique experiences both under- and aboveground and on the silver screen of Bio Rex. Amos Rex’s exhibition programme extends from the newest, often experimental, contemporary art to 20th-century Modernism and ancient cultures.

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Verk av den banbrytande videokonstnären Bill Viola visas på Amos Rex år23.9.2020 10:55:59 EESTTiedote

Amos Rex program för nästa år består av inhemsk samtidskonst och en omfattande utställning över videokonstnären Bill Violas verk. Separatutställningen är Violas första i Finland. Karoliina Hellbergs, Tero Kuitunens och Raimo Saarinens utställning Between us och bildkonstnären Raija Malkas och kompositören Kaija Saariahos utställning Blick skulle egentligen ordnas år 2020, men på grund av coronaviruset flyttas utställningarna till våren och sommaren 2021.

Amos Rex tuo 2021 Suomeen videotaiteen uranuurtajan Bill Violan23.9.2020 10:50:00 EESTTiedote

Amos Rexin ensi vuoden ohjelmisto koostuu kotimaisesta nykytaiteesta ja videotaiteilija Bill Violan laajasta näyttelystä. Kyseessä on Violan ensimmäinen yksityisnäyttely Suomessa. Koronaviruksen aiheuttaman poikkeustilan johdosta vuodelle 2020 suunnitellut Karoliina Hellbergin, Tero Kuitusen ja Raimo Saarisen näyttely Between us sekä kuvataiteilija Raija Malkan ja säveltäjä Kaija Saariahon näyttely Blick siirtyvät kevääseen ja kesään 2021.

Egypt of Glory: Amos Rex and Kumu’s joint exhibition brings ancient treasures to Helsinki and Tallinn9.9.2020 09:27:20 EESTPress Invitation

What does ancient Egypt bring to mind today? Pyramids, sphinxes and the mum-my’s curse? In October 2020, Helsinki’s Amos Rex and Tallinn’s Kumu Art Muse-um unveil an unparalleled dual exhibition on the history of ancient Egypt. The Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, has loaned the material on display and provided the story that accompanies it. The Museo Egizio has one of the world’s most important collections of ancient Egyptian art and culture outside of Egypt. The Amos Rex exhibition is open 9 Oct. 2020–21 Mar. 2021.

Egyptin loisto: Amos Rexin ja Kumun yhteisnäyttely tuo muinaisaarteet Helsinkiin ja Tallinnaan9.9.2020 09:27:01 EESTKutsu

Mitä nykyihmiselle tulee mieleen muinaisesta Egyptistä? Pyramidit, sfinksit ja muumioiden kirous? Lokakuussa 2020 Amos Rexissä ja Tallinnan Kumu-taidemuseossa avautuu ainutlaatuinen kaksoisnäyttely muinaisen Egyptin historiasta. Näyttelyn tarina on kirjoitettu Italian Torinossa sijaitsevassa Museo Egiziossa, josta myös näyttelyn esineistö on saatu lainaan. Museo Egizion kokoelma on yksi maailman tärkeimmistä muinaisen Egyptin taiteen ja kulttuurin kokoelmista Egyptin ulkopuolella. Amos Rexin näyttely on esillä 9.10.2020–21.3.2021.

Egyptens prakt: Amos Rex och Kumu visar forntida skatter på gemensam utställning i Helsingfors och Tallinn9.9.2020 09:26:35 EESTKutsu

Vilka associationer får dagens människor av uttrycket ”det forna Egypten”? Pyr-amider, sfinxer och mumiernas förbannelser? I oktober 2020 öppnas en unik dub-belutställning om det forna Egyptens historia på Amos Rex och på konstmuseet Kumu i Tallinn. Utställningsberättelsen är skriven i Museo Egizio i Turin i Italien, som också har lånat ut föremålen på utställningen. Museo Egizio har en av de viktigaste samlingarna av forntida egyptisk konst och kultur utanför Egypten. Utställningen på Amos Rex pågår 9.10.2020–21.3.2021.

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