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Jani Leinonen at Haifa Art Museum, Israel

Jani Leinonen’s work Mc Jesus, 2015 is included in cluster of exhibitions called “Shop It!”  at the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel. The new cluster will revolve around the long-lasting interaction between art and the sophisticated techniques of seduction used by the consumption society. Curator: Svetlana Reingold. Leinonen’s work will be included in the exhibition “Sacred Goods” that deals with the various connections between consumerism and religion. The exhibition is open from August 8, 2018 until January 20, 2019. Curated by: Shaked Shamir. Find out more about the exhibition here.  

ARoS Focus/New Nordic: Jani Leinonen

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/

TONY IS BACK!

  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 …

ARTS & FOODS, MILAN TRIENNALE

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  

SCHOOL OF DISOBEDIENCE NOW OPEN AT KIASMA

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, …

JANI LEINONEN INCLUDED IN BANKSY EXHIBITION

  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. …

SCHOOL OF DISOBEDIENCE OPENING SOON!

  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: http://yle.fi/uutiset/school_for_disobedience_opens_this_autumn_in_helsinki/8216818

DISOBEY AND CHANGE THE WORLD!

  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 …

CANDIDATE LEINONEN IN BBC NEWS

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: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32347919