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Jani Leinonen was slightly more popular than Ai Wei Wei in Helsinki

Two of Helsinki’s major contemporary art museums, the Finnish National Gallery Kiasma and Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) both started their fall of 2015 with a solo exhibition by an internationally renowned artist; Kiasma with Finnish Jani Leinonen and HAM with Chinese superstar Ai Wei Wei.

Leinonen’s School of Disobedience and Ai Wei Wei’s Ai WeiWei @ Helsinki both started in September 2015 and lasted for 5 months. Leinonen’s exhibition attracted 123 984 visitors which was slightly more than Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition that attracted 119 000 visitors.
Leinonen’s exhibition was open from September 4, 2015 to January 31. 2016 and Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition from September 26, 2015 to February 28, 2016.

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Aurora Reinhard at Helsinki Art Museum

Aurora Reinhard is included in the exhibition From Heino With Love at HAM (Helsinki Art Museum). The exhibition presents the first glimpse of the Heino foundations extensive collection of Finnish contemporary art. The collection consists of 1416 works of which 100 are displayed at the exhibition.

From Heino With Love is open until August 28, 2016.

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Jani Leinonen’s School of Disobedience-building acquired by Finnish National Gallery Kiasma

Zetterberg Gallery is pleased to announce that Jani Leinonen’s School of Disobedience-building is now part of the Finnish National Gallery Kiasma’s permanent collection.
The school building that plays a central part in Leinonen’s exhibition, School of Disobedience has been acquired by Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. The exhibition that started in September 2015 will now continue to Denmark, where it will be shown at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum from March to June 2016. Eventually the school building will return to its new home in the Kiasma Collection.

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Jani Leinonen - School of Disobedience, 2015 Jani Leinonen – School of Disobedience, 2015

Jani Leinonen solo exhibition at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

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.
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The Most terrible Things Jani Leinonen / The Most Terrible Things, 2015 / Acrylic on polystyrene / 920 x 391 x 40 cm

Jani Leinonen’s 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, for example, lessons on social movement formation (Li Andersson), media criticism (Riku Rantala and Tuomas Milonoff), music as a tool for revolution (Paleface), and social media to critique big-name corporations (Sampsa). All the classes will focus on social media as a key tool for mobilising people.

Leinonen’s School of Disobedience has received worldwide media attention and the exhibition will continue from Helsinki to ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark in the spring of 2016.

The School of Disobedience is open from September 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016

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.
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Art In Music, Bremen

Jiri Geller’s sculpture Sugared II (2), 2013 is included in the exhibition Art In Music – Works from the ACT Art Collection at Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany from April 23  to October 25, 2015.

The selection of the works on display focuses on the top echelon of the ACT collection, including works by Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol, as well as on new acquisitions from the last four years, among which are pictures and sculptures by such artists as Katharina Grosse, Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Richter, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Jiri Geller and Philip Taaffe.

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Disobey and change the world

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.

Sign up for the classes or take part in the Innovation Competition at or