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the art collection owned by the city of Vantaa.
Vantaa Art Museum Artsi is located a short train-ride away from the Helsinki city centre in Myyrmäki, Vantaa. Artsi can be accessed from the lobby of Myyrmäkitalo or via our own entrance at Paalutori square.
Artsi is a fully accessible museum. Guide dogs are welcomed into the museum.
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Closed for exhibition change 14.5.-5.6.
Tue, Wed, Fri 11-18
Sat, Sun 11-16
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During in the summer of 2019, the Art Museum of Vantaa is pleased to present a wide and comprehensive retrospective of photographs taken by the American-Nigerian photographer Chi Modu, focusing mainly for hip hop and rap culture. During the 90's, Modu worked as photographer the legendary The Source magazine, which grew from a hand-to-hand handout advertising gigs to a musical style icon that was read and studied in Finland.
During his career, Modu photographed all the significant players of the New York hip hop scene, from Mobb Deep to Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and Ol 'Dirty Bastard, and his good friend Biggie Smalls a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G, and Puff Daddy. Exceptionally, he also managed to cross an to the other side of the frontline, and worked with some of the most colossal names of West Coast hip hop and rap, such as Ice Cube, Eazy E, Ice-T -- and Tupac Shakur, the subject of a candi photo book showing rare and previously unpublished photograpsh Modu released under his Uncategorized brand in 2016.
The Nigeria-born Chi Modu ended up in the United States at the age of three when his father worked on his doctoral thesis in New York. Fate dropped this young man in the middle of historical events: the breakthrough of rap music and its subsequent golden age of the 1990s was brewing in America. In a new cultural environment, being Nigerian was a blessing to Modu: through it, he was an outsider at the same time, and also similar enough to become an insider accepted by his peers.
Modu's images show the connection between the subject and the photographer, from which their extraordinary power derives. Approval and curiosity, empathy and compassion - the subjects of the images trust Modu, and open up to him. In this respect, the images easily fit into the context of the portrait tradition of classical art, and communicate with that tradition vigorously and passionately.
Chi Modu's photographs were first exhibited at the Pori Art Museum in Finland during the summer of 2013. The choice of venue is exemplary of Modu's attitude: he wants to avoid traditional cultural capitals and networks, and bring his art closer to people.
“People always want to put art and artists into neat little boxes. My work does not fit into any one stereotype and neither do I. I wanted to create something that is the opposite of putting labels on everything and make a statement against stereotyping. I don’t see this as just an exhibit or book. I see it as a movement that can’t be stopped. Power to the people!”, says Chi Modu himself.
For the same reason, the collection now comes to Myyrmäki's Artsi. This summer, iconic pictures of the giants of hip-hop music, and also unseen material that was not on display in Pori, will be seen in Vantaa. The images are presented in the size of traditional paortraits, but also gigantic, wall-sized prints.
The exhibition's curators are the rap artist Karri ”Paleface” Miettinen and Artsi's own Jean Ramsay. A catalog in Finnish and English, with a foreword by Paleface and an essay on Modu's by Jean Ramsay, as well as a selection of previously unpublished photos ranging from the early 90s to the 2010 Blockfests in Finland, will be available in the exhibition.
The Vantaa Museum of Art 2019 Spring exhibition is called 80 days. The artists painted their work directly onto the walls of the exhibition space. Central themes in the exhibition are fleetingness and transiency, as these pieces will exist just for a brief period of time: they are created in February and destroyed in May when they’ll be painted over and out of the way of the new exhibition. The artworks will therefore only exist for 80 days. The exhibition is curated by the artist Jani Leinonen.
The artists of the 80 days –exhibition come from various different traditions of art. The artists areWarda Ahmed, Maarit Hedman, Riikka Hyvönen, Niina Mantsinen, Mari Rantanen, Rives,Sampsa, Vidha Saumya, Speek, Anne Tompuri, Marianna Uutinen and Janne Wiljakainen.
The exhibition also contains documentation of each creation process, all which have been interesting and different: one artist is quick, another slow, the painting is calm and clean or wild and physical.
A significant amount of the exhibition space has been reserved for the use of workshops. These workshops are geared towards children of all ages, from kindergartners to high schoolers. The paneled wall space will be filled with paintings and texts created by forty different groups. As is the case with the exhibition pieces, these artworks are only temporary and will be covered either partly or completely by the next group. The product of these workshops is available for viewing in connection with the exhibition.
The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Tikkurila Oyj.
12 new murals
Vantaa Art Museum Artsi’s collection spans over 10 000 art works and it can be seen not only inside the Artsi museum, but also around the city of Vantaa. Art works belonging to the City of Vantaa art collection have been deposited to public buildings, such as libraries, schools, day care centres, hospitals – one can also come across art works from the collection at the city hall, in Aviapolis’ Clarion Hotel or the Myyrmäki swimming hall.
The Artsi collection is focused on Finnish and international contemporary art. The collection’s history dates back to 1961. From 2016 onwards, Artsi started to collect street, graffiti and performance art. Also public artworks are part of the museum’s collection.
Vast distinctive collections by three Finnish artists present the life work of Risto Vilhunen, Pentti Kaskipuro and Lauri Santtu.
Read more about Artsi’s collection policy from the collections programme (in Finnish).
Public art works grace and colour Vantaa from East to West in parks, public buildings and in the streets. Public art is a vital part of city planning. Myyrmäki, Leinelä, Kivistö and Tikkurila are four central neighbourhoods of public art in Vantaa.
Myyrmäki, also home to Vantaa art museum Artsi, is the vibrant centre of graffiti and street art in Vantaa, with its lavish, colourful railway station.
In the recently built residential area of Leinelä, 10 artists were invited to plan original art works for the new neighbourhood. The area’s public art programme was realised by artist Vesa-Pekka Rannikko and it features works from eg. Markku Pääkkönen, Tuula Närhinen and Hilda Kozári. Ympäristötaiteen säätiö (Finnish foundation for environmental art) awarded the Kehärata public art plan in 2015.
Tikkurila city centre features hometown inspired original artworks by artist group Art 4 (Jaana Brinck, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Merja Ranki and Outi Turpeinen). In 2017, artist duo Helena Hietanen and Jaakko Niemelä alongside with architecture agency Lahdelma & Mahlamäki will realise a new architectural and sculptural light artwork titled 1708 in concordance with the renovation of the Tikkurila railway station underpass.
Have you seen a damaged public artwork in your neighbourhood? Do you have feedback about public art in Vantaa? Contact us at email@example.com.
Artsi invites guests to experience and interpret art and collaborate. At Artsi, guided tours, workshops and events are always free of charge, unless otherwise mentioned. Small changes in our public programme may occur.
Artsi is open for young audiences, from pre-schoolers to students. We hold guided tours and special workshop programming for school and pre-school groups. We collaborate with schools and institutions that provide arts education.
Art Educator Helena Eräkare
+358 50 314 5596
Artsin frendit (Finnish for ’Friends of Artsi’) is and open group for all friends of Artsi, who are interested in developing Artsi’s functions together with the art museum staff. Artsin frendit meets independently and with the art museum staff to create events, public programme and new viewpoints for Artsi. Artsin frendit Facebook group is our online platform, where friends can pitch ideas, meet each other and communicate projects.
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A guided tour is a good way to get to know our exhibitions and the museum. We organise tailored tours mainly on Thursday afternoons and evenings – you can also inquire us about other possible dates! In order to order a guided tour your group should have at least 5 people. One guided tour is 45 minutes in length.
We communicate about our free guided tours on our website and on our Facebook page.
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