In May, Mannerheim and his horse will be joined when eleven women and children in bronze take their place outside Kiasma on May 30. Nina Beiers work Women & Children will be next to Kiasma’s restaurant’s outdoor seating.
The work consists of eleven different bronze sculptures made by other artists, they are from different time periods and represent different styles. The figures are depicted naked, which is typical of the Western art tradition. The water flows from the eyes of the sculptures, making it look like they are crying so much that the tears turn into a waterfall.
The name of the work Women & Children refers to the principle “women and children first” according to which those who are seen as society’s weakest and most helpless are saved first if danger threatens. The sculpture has previously stood in the High Line park in New York. The National Gallery has received support from the Danish foundation Ny Carlsbergfondet to acquire the work.
Women & Children consists of a group of old sculptures.
Kiasma’s museum director Leevi Haapala says that the group of sculptures enlivens the area near Kiasma which until now has been dominated by statues of former presidents, as well Richard Serra’s monumental steel sculpture Plunge.
– It is fantastic that, with the help of support from the New Carlsberg Foundation, we can present a new type of contemporary art to the city’s residents, says Haapala.
Nina Beier is a Danish internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. Her sculptures are often based on pre-existing objects, whose status and value have somehow changed over time. Kiasma is also exhibiting Beier’s art from March 22 to September 8.
Nina Beier exhibits at Kiasma in March.