A lively cultural centre and meeting place, Kiasma is the place for pleasure and experience. The main aim of the pioneering museum is to provide all an easy and unforgettable access to the vibrant world of contemporary art. Successful in its mission, Kiasma is the most popular museum in Finland with around 200 000 annual visitors!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is part of the Finnish National Gallery, along with the Ateneum Art Museum and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The Finnish National Gallery is Finland’s largest art museum organisation. Kiasma not only presents contemporary art but also collects and preserves it. Our art collections are part of the collections of the Finnish National Gallery and as such is a significant element of Finland’s cultural heritage. Currently, Kiasma has over 8,500 contemporary artworks in its collections.
The name derives from ‘chiasm’, which stands for an intersection, particularly the crossing of optic nerves. The name truly is an omen in this case: the central location of the exceptional building, extensive network of a wide variety of partners, the status as the Finnish National Gallery of contemporary art – in Kiasma the people, ideas and ideologies meet and mingle. No wonder that the Kiasma’s chosen policy, together with the unique architecture, have created international interest.