press release

Thank You for the Music is an exhibition about music, feelings, fans and idols. It delves into the encounters between popular music and contemporary art: the way that listening to music and watching music videos together with concert experiences become part of art.

The exhibited works celebrate stars, different styles, the history of pop music and fandom. They express how we feel when we are swept away by the power of music. Concerts and club gigs are both individual and communal experiences, and even after many years, music is able to take us back to past moments and moods.

Many of the artists in the exhibition - regardless of their age - claim to belong to the “MTV generation”. In the last 30 years, music videos have moulded our visual environment and reformed our conceptions of the relationship between music and image. The influence of music videos is evident in several of the exhibited works.

Artists: Adel Abidin (Finland), Petri Ala-Maunus (Finland), Eduardo Balanza (Spain), David Blandy (United Kindom), Candice Breitz (South Africa), Susanne Bürner (Germany), Graham Dolphin (United Kindom), Rose Eken (Denmark), Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (United Kindom), Fabien Giraud (France), Jenni Hiltunen (Finland), Jani Hänninen (Finland), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), Petra Lindholm (Finland), Liisa Lounila (Finland), Sophie MacCorquodale (United Kindom), Maria Stereo (Finland), Rauha Mäkilä (Finland), Kalle Juhani Nieminen (Finland), Anneli Nygren (Finland), Pink Twins (Finland), Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland), Bojan Sarcevic (Serbia) and Terhi Ylimäinen (Finland).

The exhibition has curated by Kiasma’s Chief Curator Kati Kivinen and Chief Curator/Collections Arja Miller. Thank You for the Music catalogue is available in Kiasma Store and on the internet


How the experiences of listening to music, watching music videos or going to a concert can appear in the life and work of an artist, a music lover or a fan. Free admission to the clubs. The club nights feature musical moments, glitter and fan culture.

Fri 20 Jan Remix. Meet the artists David Blandy ja Graham Dolphin. 5pm Artist tour in exhibition. David Blandy and Graham Dolphin with Kiasma curator Arja Miller.

In English. 6pm Guided tour in Finnish. 6pm-10pm Battle of the DJs! Blandy Soul Brother vs. Dolphin Axe Attack, Café Kiasma. 8pm Music-themed video works, Seminar Room.

Fri 3 Feb Feb Feel the Darkness. Fri 2 Mar Electro Cut. Fri 30 Mar Stardust most star-studded fancy dress party. Fri 20 Apr We Love Eurovision. In cooperation with OGAE Finland. Sat 21 Apr We love Eurovision Fri 4 May Music Video Pick-and-Mix.

only in german

Thank You for the Music
How Music Moves Us
Kuratoren: Kati Kivinen, Arja Miller

Künstler: Adel Abidin, Petri Ala-Maunus, Eduardo Balanza, David Blandy, Candice Breitz, Susanne Bürner, Graham Dolphin, Rose Eken, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Fabien Giraud, Jenni Hiltunen, Jani Hänninen, Katarzyna Kozyra, Petra Lindholm, Liisa Lounila, Sophie MacCorquodale, Maria Stereo, Rauha Mäkilä, Kalle Juhani Nieminen, Anneli Nygren, Pink Twins , Pipilotti Rist, Bojan Sarcevic, Terhi Ylimäinen