The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma breaks the boundaries of traditional art museums and follows the latest trends. The collections include Finnish and foreign art, particularly from the Nordic and Baltic countries and Russia from 1960s onwards. Special exhibitions and related happenings. The Kiasma Theatre's programme includes drama, dance, performance, music, multimedia, film and video art & seminars, lectures and public discussions. Kiasma is a part of the Finnish National Gallery.
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.
A short history of Helsinki
At the command of Gustavus Wasa, the King of Sweden, Helsinki was built at the mouth of the River Vantaa in 1550. The King ordered the burghers from Rauma, Ulvila, Porvoo and Tammisaari to move to Helsinki. The new town was supposed to compete for Russian trade with the town of Tallinn on the opposite shore of the Gulf of Finland.
For a long time, Helsinki grew very slowly. In the hope of attaining a better harbour, Helsinki was relocated further south to its current location by the open sea in the mid-17th century.
In the 18th century, Helsinki had to face great ordeals: war, plague and famine. The Russians invaded Helsinki during the Greater Wrath lasting from 1713 to 1721, and again in 1742. Fortification of Helsinki became a priority of the Swedish defence policy.
In 1748, the construction of a sea fortress at Suomenlinna, which is among the largest in Europe, was begun. The fortress was then known as the Gibraltar of the North. The fortress is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it received the Europa Nostra award in 2000.
As a result of a war between Sweden and Russia, Finland was annexed as an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. Helsinki was made the capital of the Grand Duchy in 1812, after which the historical Empire-style centre was built around Helsinki Cathedral. The country¿s only university was moved from Turku to Helsinki in 1827.
In the late 19th century, Helsinki grew rapidly and developed into a modern European city. Transport links important for an industrial town were created by building railroads to Hämeenlinna in 1862 and to St Petersburg in 1870. The population exceeded the 100,000-inhabitant mark at the beginning of the 20th century.
Finland became independent in 1917 and ever since Helsinki has been the capital of the Republic of Finland. (Source: Helsinki.fi & visithelsinki.fi)
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lousat (75566) 2009-04-03 2:26
Hi George,what a unusual and interesting perspective! When the sun kiss the white,the sky gone in electric blue,and i like a lot that! Beautiful sharpness too,have a nice weekend,Luciano
dip (23594) 2009-04-03 2:44
beautiful shot of the museum with nice architectural details and interesting lightness,
good point of view and informative note,
JanD (0) 2009-04-03 2:48
Wonderful modern architecture, nice light and colors. Good composition.
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-04-03 3:27
Nice use of this modern architecture.
The geometrics in your image are very pleasant and balanced.
Have a nice day,
azaf1 (15929) 2009-04-03 3:53
Nice cubistic approach in an excellent frame. Very impressice indeed.
Have a lovely evening and TFS
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-04-03 4:00
congratulations for the management of the light and framing very inspired. A pure and geometrical image with the life discreetly present. Congratulations.
Have a nice day
Cretense (68687) 2009-04-03 5:54
Beautiful capture of modern architecture, that gives a futuristic feeling! Great composition and framing, excellent light managment, you handled very well the huge contrasts! Congratulations!
hay_kes (30436) 2009-04-03 6:57
Hi dear George,
A wonderful capture vith splendid light.Great POV and perspective.TFS.
Have nice weekend.
xavshot (69835) 2009-04-03 11:25
tu as su utiliser cette superbe lumière pour faire ressortir le graphisme de cette architecture. Très belle photo. J'aime beaucoup
Royaldevon (28641) 2009-04-03 12:20
A very interesting aspect with the sunlit water leading rapidly towards the impressive building. Is this wall covered in solar panels? It's a pity if not!
This is a very modern and eye-catching building, one which cannot be ignored! It makes a fine, sharp contrast against the sapphire blue sky.
ifanik (21679) 2009-04-03 13:04
Very beautiful building my friend and very nice photo
The colors and the light are beautiful
ymrk (14955) 2009-04-03 14:22
Beautiful perspective and blue of sky,dear friend.I like a that shade and graphic factors in this place...
Have a nice day,friendly hug!
paura (47166) 2009-04-03 16:10
Beautiful colours contrast here, friend. Very interesting shapes from your nice pov. well done.
ChrisJ (96680) 2009-04-03 19:55
A good capture of the futuristic architecture, with superb sharpness, & wonderful reflections, in the ornamental pool. Good colour & composition. Tfs!
albertojr (738) 2009-04-03 20:01
i like the geometry of the architecture, the shining light attracts me as well. nice pov and composition. well done George
jjcordier (75668) 2009-04-03 22:30
Une composition intéressante, même si j'ai un petit doute sur le bas de l'image un peu sombre. J'aime beaucoup le graphisme du haut de l'image.
danyy (0) 2009-04-03 23:05
le ciel est de toute beauté et j'apprécie vraiment la manière de laquelle tu as géré cette exposition, plutôt vers le bas pour ne rien suresposer sous ce soleil puissant.
Un ciel d'un bleu magnifique.
jhm (138244) 2009-04-04 1:33
A very difficult image you did very well.
The geometric in your image are very pleasant and balanced.
Beautiful shot of the museum with nice architectural details and interesting lightness.
Composition and presentation are very well.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
TopGeo (38202) 2009-04-04 5:13
Hi George,what a unusual and interesting perspective Wonderful modern architecture! Composition with nice architectural details and interesting lightness,Excellent technique a futuristic feeling good point of view and informative note,I like the sky gone in electric blue,and framing.
bobocortis (15946) 2009-04-04 5:57
Surfaces and reflections, white and blue paints.
snunney (82559) 2009-04-04 6:07
A great composition of this building that takes full advantage of the lighting conditions and the reflective possibilities of steel, glass and water. The people sat at the tables add a human touch. Exposure is excellent as is image sharpness. Fine photo work.
vasilpro (40933) 2009-04-04 10:37
Interesting architecture and very nice composition. The light management and the colors are perfect.
gildasjan (41552) 2009-04-04 12:04
Une architecture moderne,du contraste et l'image devient très graphique avec le blanc et le bleu.
Graal (96799) 2009-04-04 23:10
an interesting modern architecture of museum. Good presentation and informations. Well done photo.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-04-06 5:41
Beautiful architecture of the Kiasma Museum. I like this perspective, contrast and light management
TFS and have a nice week
lestans (17104) 2009-04-11 9:33
what a lovely photo of architecture!!
I like volumes, but I like also light, and people enjoying low light sun.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): JB's Daily Pick(s) From Your Pics III, Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-03 2:21