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Jani Leinonen – The Truth

Jani Leinonen’s long-awaited solo exhibition The Truth will open at Serlachius Museum Gösta on 27 March 2021. For the show, the artist has created a magical installation implemented using centuries-old stained-glass techniques, offering its visitor a plunge into the long history of propaganda and manipulation – and the colorful present.  The exhibition will also reunite Leinonen and world-famous street artist Banksy after six years, as Banksy’s show A Visual Protest opens at the museum in mid-May 2021 and will be overlapping with Leinonen’s exhibition for three months. In 2015, Banksy invited Leinonen to exhibit at his Dismaland Bemusement Park -show in Weston-super-Mare, UK. “It’s a showcase for …

Jani Leinonen x Minna Parikka

Jani Leinonen and Finnish shoe designer Minna Parikka have teamed up to create a limited-edition collection of 150 numbered pairs of quirky statement sneakers. The print, designed by Jani Leinonen is called Secret: and secrets are what you will find when you take a closer look. The print consists of words, that create sentences, that tell stories about love, hate, happiness, and disappointment.  The sneakers with Minna Parikka signature bunny ears are unisex, completely vegan and produced from a SEAQUAL certified material that is upcycled from marine litter.  The infamous Finnish duo of fashion and art did their first collaboration …

Jani Leinonen’s Chapel of Remorse at The Dolder Grand

Jani Leinonen’s stained glass installation ’Chapel of Remorse’ has found a new permanent home at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich.  The Chapel of Remorse was originally installed in a 500-year-old barn in a small village of Madulain, in the valley of Engadin, Switzerland, where the glass panels were cut to fit perfectly in the centuries-old window frames.  The glass panels of Chapel of Remorse are painted with old stained glass technique at Mayer’sche Hofkunstanstalt in Münich. What is now installed on the Grand Dolder’s wall is not only the stained glass artworks but also the centuries-old chapel-like architectural composition and shapes of the …

JANI LEINONEN AT ART MUSEUM GÖSTA MANOR

Jani Leinonen is included in the new collection display at the Art Museum Gösta Manor presenting classics owned by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, of the Golden Age of Finnish and old European art as well as more recent acquisitions. The summer 2019 hanging includes, among other works, Albert Edelfelt’s much-loved Finnish Soldiers in War of 1808–09 and a number of Helene Schjerfbeck paintings. The exhibition is curated by Veikko Halmetoja. Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation’s collection includes Finnish art classics and old European paintings and is is one of the grandest private art collections in Scandinavia. Read more about …

JANI LEINONEN’S “CHAPEL OF REMORSE” OPENS AT STALLA MADULAIN, SWITZERLAND

This February Finnish artist  Jani Leinonen turns the over 500 year old barn Stalla Madulain in Switzerland, into a breath-taking chapel of light and offers the viewers almost a transcendental experience. The art pilgrims of the world have a new destination in Switzerland as Jani Leinonen’s Chapel of Remorse plugs into the same pious energies of art sanctums such as Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin in Blanton Museum, Olafur Eliasson’s Rainbow Panorama in Aarhus and Rothko Chapel in Houston. Leinonen has harnessed the barn’s old features, the arched windows, the cathedral-like hight, and in collaboration with the worlds best glass blowers in Munich, converts the space into a dramatic yet …

JANI LEINONEN INCLUDED IN AROS EXHIBITION: FAR FROM HOME

Jani Leinonen’s beggar sign installation Anything Helps is included in the exhibition Far From Home – the last exhibition in a trilogy based on the ARoS museum’s collection. The trilogy is intended to present alternative ideas as to how a museum can showcase and talk about relevant themes from our times through text, format, orchestration, and juxtaposition of works. The first exhibition, Out of the Darkness, 2014, thematised the structure and power of the great narratives, addressing the global challenges facing humanity. The second exhibition, No Man is an Island – The Satanic Verses, 2016, used the forceful political, economic, and cultural changes which Europe underwent at the time …

JANI LEINONEN AT KUNSTAHUS ZUG, SWITZERLAND

Jani Leinonen is taking part in the exhibition The Comedy of Being – Art and Humour from Antiquity until Today at Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland running through September 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019. The Kunsthaus Zug is giving its visitors seven-league boots and sending them off through the history of humour in art. An in-house working group has spent the last six years collaborating with students and scholars to research the relationship between art and humour, going back to Ancient Greece, taking a detour through the Middle Ages to the Reformation, and on to the wealth of material on the topic composed in the last century …

UPSIDE DOWN – CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE SAASTAMOINEN FOUNDATION

Jani Leinonen is represented in the exhibition Upside Down at Kuopio Art Museum, presenting contemporary art from the Saastamoinen Foundation’s Collectiondating from 2010 onwards. The soon 50 years old Saastamoinen Foundation’s art collection has grown from a home collection of the Saastamoinen industrial family to one of Finland’s most important art collections with more than 2,600 works from both Finnish and international artists. Upside Down is curated by chairman of the Saastamoinen Foundation Arts Committee Päivi Karttunen and visual artist Anna Tuori. The exhibition has been implemented in cooperation with EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art and is open from September 21 until February …

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/