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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

JANI LEINONEN IN ARTFORUM’S CRITICS’ PICK

  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

JANI LEINONEN IS RUNNING FOR PARLIAMENT

  Jani Leinonen announced his candidacy for the Parliamentary elections today. According to Leinonen democracy is in crisis. Year by year the electoral turnout decreases,  party members decreases and organizations activity are reduced. The Finnish policy does not provide the voters the means to participate in the management of public affairs. Leinonen, who’s candidate number is 267, has found a way to get people interested in politics again: As a member of the Parliament, Leinonen promises to set all the parliamentary votes on his website in advance for people to vote on, and he will commit to the result. The people …

SACRIFICES, ZETTERBERG GALLERY MARCH 14 – MAY 3, 2015

Jani Leinonens solo exhibition Sacrifices is now open at Zetterberg Gallery until May 3, 2015. In the exhibition Leinonen questions the viewer  to think about what we really are willing to sacrifice? Q: What do you think is the most surprising thing about humanity? A: Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present, the result being that he does not live in the present or the future, he lives as he is never going to die, …

ACTION-REACTION, GALERIE GMURZYNSKA

Jani Leinonen is currently exhibited at Galerie Gmurzynska in Action – Reaction, an exhibition including works by Bacon, Basen, Botero, Brusilovsky, Calder, Cutrone, Lam, Meier, Stallone and Torres-Garcia. The exhibition can be seen from January-February 2015. http://gmurzynska.com/exhibitions/action-reaction#3

JANI LEINONEN SOLO AT KIASMA – SEPTEMBER 2015

Jani Leinonen is taking over the Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art – KIASMA in the fall of 2015. The exhibition, opening in September, is built around a new work called The School of Disobedience, where visitors can participate in lectures by well-known Finnish and international opinion leaders and activists. The School of Disobedience is not only a real school, but also a metaphor for the entire exhibition, which also is a retrospective of Leinonen’s work so far. http://www.kiasma.fi/nayttelyt-ja-ohjelmisto/jani-leinonen/  

BOUTIQUE AT SPIRAL ART SPACE, TOKYO

Jani Leinonen´s and shoe designer Minna Parikka´s collaboration Shoe Liberation Army is included in the Boutique exhibition at the Spiral Art Space in Tokyo, Japan from December 17th 2014. The exhibition consisting of collaborations between artists and designers was originally on display at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki 2012 as a part of the World Design Capital program. http://www.spiral.co.jp/en/

PAD LONDON

  Jani Leinonen is represented by Galerie Gmurzynska at PAD London, London´s leading fair for 20th century art, design and decorative arts. Galerie Gmurzynska’s booth B18 can be found at the Pavilion of Art and Design on Berkeley Square, October 15-19, 2014. www.pad-fairs.com/london