Kiasma | Museum of Contemporary Art

Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen

The Aalto Natives

16 Mar - 09 Sep 2018

Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen, The Aalto Natives, 2017. Photo: Frame Finland / Ugo Carmine.
Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen. Photo: Frame Finland / Ugo Carmine
The Aalto Natives
16 March 2018 - 9 September 2018

The Aalto Natives showcases artist duo Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors who represented Finland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Their work, The Aalto Natives, is a humorous yet critical examination of Finnish identity that involves creativity, nerdy humour and a cast of national celebrities from prehistoric times to the age of robotics.

The exhibition also includes works completed by the two artists individually, yet they share a sense of strangeness and surprising turns of plot as well as dark and absurd humour. Nissinen and Mellors met when they were both studying at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Works by the two artists will be concurrently on show at the New Museum in New York.

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