Nastja Säde Rönkkö: Survival Guide for a Post-Apocalyptic Child (still), 2022. Costume design: Juha Vehmaanperä. Photo: Aake Kivalo

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This spring, the HAM Helsinki Art Museum is set to unveil thought-provoking exhibitions in its arched halls, diving into themes of interconnectedness among all living beings and the critical role of empathy. With these new additions, HAM will be showcasing nearly 200 works from its public collection, the most extensive display of its collection at one time in the museum’s history.

Opening on May 17, the Tennis Palace will house two exhibitions reflecting on the challenges of life on Earth.

The southern arched hall will feature Nastja Säde Rönkkö's "Survival Guide for a Post-Apocalyptic Child," a powerful multimedia installation delving into the uncertainties of our planet’s future. The installation includes 26 videos exploring emotional and practical survival strategies amidst catastrophic changes. A guidebook, bearing the same name as the exhibition and developed in collaboration with the artist and the Lönnström Art Museum, will accompany the display. Sculptures and a customized soundscape further enhance the exhibition experience, curated by HAM's head of exhibitions Kati Kivinen and curator Satu Metsola. The exhibit runs from May 17 to September 8, 2024.

The northern arched hall will host "Who Is an Animal?" – an exhibition exploring human coexistence with other species. Based mainly on HAM’s art collection, the exhibition features 80 works grouped into thematic discussions, from depictions of animals to their habitats and mistreatment. The exhibition, curated by HAM’s Sanna Tuulikangas, includes works by artists such as Jasmin Anoschkin, Eeva-Leena Eklund, and Victor Westerholm. It will be open from May 17 to August 18, 2024.

The year 2024 at HAM begins with a focus on the museum's collection, presenting over a hundred works, most of which are part of Helsinki residents’ art collection. "The Girl Who Turned into a Rosebush" is one such exhibition, juxtaposing the Leonard and Katarina Bäcksbacka Collection with contemporary art from HAM’s collection. Curated by Asta Kihlman, PhD, this exhibition will run from February 9 to September 29, 2024.

"Bambi Forever!", showcasing the Raimo and Maarit Huttunen's donation collection, features about 70 works expressing a range of emotions from melancholy to hope. Curated by HAM’s Leena Mattelmäki, this exhibition will be open from March 8, 2024, to January 19, 2025.

HAM Gallery will also feature exhibitions by Kristiina Mäenpää, Laura Cemin, and Xiao Zhiyu during spring and summer.

The exhibitions at HAM provide a unique exploration of empathy and interconnectedness, offering visitors an insightful perspective on the role of art in reflecting and shaping our understanding of the world.

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