Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kiasma is a museum of contemporary art under the umbrella of the Finnish National Gallery. It was designed by architect Steven Holl. Its primary role is to educate the public on contemporary art and to strengthen the status of art in Finland in general. A lively cultural centre and meeting place, Kiasma is the place for pleasure and experience. The name derives from 'chiasm', which stands for an intersection, particularly the crossing of optic nerves.
The basic functions of the museum are organising changing exhibitions and augmenting its collection, along with research and presentation of the works. Together with active audience work and the programming of the Kiasma Theatre, they constitute a living whole. Augmenting the collection is a major aspect of the operations of Kiasma. Kiasma is an accessible, active and participatory museum. It stimulates discussion on art and thereby on topical social issues. A diverse, changing programme allows the museum to reach different audiences. Kiasma is much more than just a museum.
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