Helsinki

ARS 06

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Unlike the Technicolor world in The Wizard of Oz, where good ultimately outweighs evil, ARS 06 (“Sense of the Real”), the seventh in a series of international exhibitions held in Helsinki since 1961, has given way to the dark side. The sometimes surreal fantasy worlds in many of the artworks presented appear as a mere backdrop for the harsher realities of the present and future, allowing the viewer a false sense of security. Although thematically the link between the one hundred artworks by forty artists has to do with, according to a wall text, “what art says about the world and humanity,” the emotional aspects of destruction, isolation, and plain old creepiness have an overwhelming power throughout.

The inclusion of Jake and Dinos Chapman’s sculpture Sex I, 2003, and their “Disasters of War” etchings, 1999, seems to set a tone by which the other works can be measured, drawing the audience

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