Jani Leinonen’s widely recognized solo exhibition School of Disobedience will continue from the Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma to ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark in March 2016.

Leinonen’s exhibition is part of ARoS Focus/New Nordic program and is open from March 19th – June 12th 2016.

For more information visit: http://en.aros.dk/exhibitions_/2016/jani-leinonen/

Jani Leinonen / The Most Terrible Things, 2015 / Acrylic on polystyrene / 920 x 391 x 40 cm


Jani Leinonen’s latest project Tony is Back! has angered multinational food manufacturer Kellogg’s.

Two weeks ago Leinonen anonymously launched his campaign releasing a series of commercial-like videos of Kellogg’s character Tony the Tiger navigating a grown-up world of prostitution, police violence and suicide bombers. Just as in the commercials shown widely on television 30 years ago, the Tony is Back! campaign shows the animated cereal icon helping people solve their problems with a bowl of Frosted Flakes.

Kellogg’s was not happy with the unauthorised use of their brand’s advertising mascot and shut down the campaign’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites in just 12 hours.

A kellogg’s spokesperson responded to Huffington Post in an email: “As a company grounded in the values of integrity and respect, we recognize people’s right to creative expression,” but. “… Tony is a beloved icon and we will protect the integrity of our brands and our characters.” – Huffington Post

The Tony is Back! videos has already reached over 2 million views on Youtube and can still bee seen here or at the campaigns official website www.tonyisback.com.

Leinonen says the videos are only the beginning of something much bigger. His next project is a movie called The Mascots – a documentary film about corporate mascots – starring Tony the Tiger.

“We are looking for people who have worked as mascots for global firms in the past. A few have already signed on and they’ve had some entertaining stories to tell about the companies in question and their ways of operating,” he says.

The film will be realized through crowdsourcing and crowdfunding and is estimated to be ready in 2016.

Read the press release for the the Tony is Back! campaign:
Press release: The man behind Tony is Back! campaign comes clean!


Jani Leinonen is included in Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant, held at the Triennale in Milan from April 9 to November 1, 2015.

The exhibition follows the topic of food though its preparation, distribution and sharing, in both the private and public spheres. More than 15 spaces host the exhibition dedicated to the places of food and its representation in paintings, furniture, objects, sculptures, appliances, photographs, menus, books and record covers.

More information at: http://www.expo2015.org/en/explore/thematic-areas/art-and-food


Jani Leinonen’s School of Disobedience – exhibition is now open for the public at the Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

The School of Disobedience is not only a real school, but a metaphor for the entire exhibition, which also is a retrospective of Leinonen’s work to date. Visitors are treated as students, receiving lessons from the more than 100 works on view or through workshops that encourage to civil disobedience. To the the school’s workshops Leinonen has invited experienced activists and opinion leaders to teach people how to effectively confront and solve any social problem. The workshops will include, for example, lessons on social movement formation (Li Andersson), media criticism (Riku Rantala and Tuomas Milonoff), music as a tool for revolution (Paleface), and social media to critique big-name corporations (Sampsa). All the classes will focus on social media as a key tool for mobilising people.

Leinonen’s School of Disobedience has received worldwide media attention and the exhibition will continue from Helsinki to ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark in the spring of 2016.

The School of Disobedience is open from September 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016


Jani Leinonen is included in world-renowned street artist Banksy’s latest project called “Dismaland Bemusement Park” in Weston-super-Mare, UK.

The exhibition opening August 22, 2015 is described as “a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism” and features works by 58 handpicked artists from around the world including a never-before-seen collection of Banksy satirical art and sculpture as well as works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, and Jimmy Cauty.

It’s a showcase for the best artists I could imagine, apart from the two who turned me down.” – Banksy

Dismaland is open daily from August 22 to September 27 from 11am – 11pm.
More information at: www.dismaland.co.uk


Jani Leinonen’s School of Disobedience opens soon at the Finnish National Gallery Kiasma. YLE news interviewed Leinonen about the upcoming exhibition.

Read the interview here:


Artist Jani Leinonen founds School of Disobedience and launches an Activist Idea Competition to change the world through protest.

The School of Disobedience opens its doors 4th of September in the Finnish National Gallery but is already looking for great ideas for protest on its website. School of Disobedience offers its students revolutionary ideas and concrete tools for making the world better. The School of Disobedience asks what kind of a world we want in stead of the present one, and teaches how to fight for the important causes. Our teachers encourage the students not to take their obedient place in society and become successful cogs in the wheel – not to let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they’re doing. Lets fight back!

Our teachers are artist Jani Leinonen, civil rights fighter Li Anderson, travelling revolutionaries Riku Rantala and Tunna Milonoff, hiphop troublemaker Paleface, priest and feminist Marjaana Toiviainen and street artist Sampsa and many others

Sign up for the classes or take part in the Innovation Competition at http://disobedience.coor http://tottelemattomuus.fi

The School of Disobedience opens in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma 4th of September 2015 and runs until the end of January 2016.
Visit also Kiasma´s website at http://www.kiasma.fi/en/calendar/jani-leinonen/

Jani Leinonen was interviewed by BBC News about his candidacy and unusual tactics to encourage people to vote in the Finnish parliamentary elections.

Read the interview here:


Jani Leinonen’s Sacrifices-exhibition at Zetterberg Gallery is currently featured in Artforum’s Critics’ Picks, a select review of shows worldwide, written by Timo Valjakka.

The permanent link to the review is: http://artforum.com/picks/id=51495

The Things You Own, 2014 Acrylic on product package 58 x 58 x 7,5 cm