Chief Curator for Exhibitions to Kiasma

5 December 2018

Chief Curator’s role is for a fixed-term for 3+2 years. We hope that you could start in the role in January 2019 or according to agreement.

Please, fill in our application form by 20 December 2018: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/A7940EFB6A586BFD

For further information, please contact Museum Director Leevi Haapala by calling FNG’s switchboard +358 294 500 200.

The Finnish National Gallery works to develop Finnish cultural heritage, strengthen the national art collection, produce exhibitions, and make art accessible to audiences. The Finnish National Gallery is the largest art museum organization in Finland and a national cultural institution that employs approximately 250 professionals. The Finnish National Gallery comprises three museums located in Helsinki: the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The museums together have approximately 700,000 visitors annually. The Finnish National Gallery is responsible for the State Art Collection, the management of which rests with the Collections Department. www.kansallisgalleria.fi

Kiasma, opened in 1998, is one of the leading museums of contemporary art in the Nordic region. The museum showcases and collects art of our time regardless of national or geographic boundaries and yet with an underlying focus on art from nearby regions. Kiasma delights and provokes, impresses, surprises and entertains. It seeks to make contemporary art accessible to as large an audience as possible and thereby to offer people new perspectives on life. Kiasma Theatre is presenting performing arts in cooperation with the museum’s exhibitions and several festivals.

Kiasma is a Finnish word for chiasm, a term that describes the crossing of nerves or the intertwining of two chromatids. The name is a perfect match for a place for encounters. Kiasma is an arena for the exchange of opinions and the redefinition of art and contemporary culture. The Kiasma building itself is a major architectural landmark designed by American architect Steven Holl and situated right in the heart of Helsinki. www.kiasma.fi

We are now looking for an experienced

Chief Curator for Exhibitions

to the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

As a Chief Curator for Exhibitions, you will be responsible for planning Kiasma’s domestic and international exhibitions together with the Museum Director in accordance with the museum’s strategy. The temporary exhibition program includes 4-5 exhibitions of varying scales each year. You will be curating and producing exhibitions by both managing the contents and being responsible for exhibition projects in large, leading the exhibition team, and co-operating with artists, curators and international museum partners.

As a member of Kiasma’s management team, you will also participate in developing the museum's program and supporting the operations for our audiences. You will provide leadership to the curatorial team and collaborate with all other teams at Kiasma. In addition, other stakeholders include your colleagues in our other museums and shared administrative resources at the Finnish National Gallery.

You have a relevant Master’s or Doctoral Degree and at least five years of curatorial experience in a significant role both in domestic/Nordic and international exhibition environment. You have excellent communication skills and are experienced in producing curatorial texts in various publishing channels. As a person, you are ambitious and passionate about working with exhibitions and related research and publications.

Solid background in contemporary art, a team player, hands-on project management experience, and strong networks are the prerequisites to be successful in the role. Excellent verbal and written English language skill are a must, and fluency in other languages such as Finnish and Swedish are preferred but not required. You have a creative mind-set and proven experience as a leader. The Finnish National Gallery’s values: openly, together and professionally describe your way of working as well.

We offer you an interesting role in the largest contemporary art organization in Finland. Our work community is passionate about art and we are proud of what we are doing. Our personnel strategy is to be the best workplace for our staff. Furthermore, we are actively developing our value-based culture.


Chief Curator’s role is for a fixed-term for 3+2 years. We hope that you could start in the role in January 2019 or according to agreement.

Please, fill in our application form by 20.12.2018: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/A7940EFB6A586BFD

For further information, please contact Museum Director Leevi Haapala by calling FNG’s switchboard +358 294 500 200.