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Between tragic humanity and rational humour - Kempinski Hotel Beijing launches Pop up Art Space

Between tragic humanity and rational humour - Kempinski Hotel Beijing launches Pop up Art Space

On 19th May Kempinski Hotel Beijing officially opened a Pop up Art Space in its lobby for the exceptional Finnish visual artist Tanja Koljonen. Her remarkably clear and deep works reflect the abysses of humanity in a way that you cannot simply turn away from them

Beijing, 20th May 2015. Perfectioning the curious and disturbing with a pinch of humour -  is uncommon. And from 19th May until 9th June 2015 Kempinski Hotel Beijing is the creative lab and home of the exceptional talented young artist. Her stay in the capital is the last stop during a more than two months long journey through China and part of her fellowship from Kempinski’s Young Artist Programme. The initiative supports young talents in arts and culture and allows uprising artists to gain further cross-cultural education, focus on their work in stimulating surroundings away from their normal routines as well as to increase their international exposure. With support of the local Kempinski hotels, Koljonen’s discovery started on 12th April in Shanghai and then led her to Xi’An and Beijing.

Tanja Koljonen’s work focuses on the irrational, which holds the role of art when it is seen in relation to information. Her approach escapes rationality and points rather towards mysteries instead of facts. In a nutshell, Koljonen’s prestigious work disturbs the rational order of things and questions language as the feature that usually distinguishes humans from animals. 

Until 9th June the lobby of Kempinski Hotel Beijing exclusively features a carefully selected assortment of Koljonen’s most vibrant productions and invites the art-interested public to be drifted away by her work’s melting point of play and reality. 

Tanja Koljonen (born 1981 in Muonio, North of Finland) currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She holds an MA degree in fine art photography from the Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture. The main focus of her work is between the relation of images and text, in which found materials are reorganized and reinterpreted to question the features of knowledge and humanity. In 2014 Koljonen participated in a 6-month International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, as a grantee of Aalto University. She had a solo presentation at Art Berlin Contemporary in September 2014. Her works are included i.e. in Marzona Collection (DE/IT), Collection of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (FI), Art Philein Foundation (LI), Copenhagen City Art Collection and private collections around the world. tanjakoljonen.com/

About the Artist

Tanja Koljonen (born 1981 in Muonio, North of Finland) currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She holds an MA degree in fine art photography from the Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture. The main focus of her work is between the relation of images and text, in which found materials are reorganized and reinterpreted to question the features of knowledge and humanity. In 2014 Koljonen participated in a 6-month International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, as a grantee of Aalto University. She had a solo presentation at Art Berlin Contemporary in September 2014. Her works are included i.e. in Marzona Collection (DE/IT), Collection of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (FI), Art Philein Foundation (LI), Copenhagen City Art Collection and private collections around the world.http://tanjakoljonen.com/

About the Programme

The Kempinski Young Artist Programme was established in 2009 to support young talents in arts and culture who, like Kempinski, bring creative flair and imagination to their vocations. Each year, the Kempinski Young Artist Programme awards fellowships to young people who are working in the fields of classical music or visual arts. The mission of the initiative is to let young uprising artists gain further cross-cultural education, focus on their work in stimulating surroundings away from their normal routines as well as to increase their international exposure. kempinski.com/en/hotels/social-responsibility/culture/arts-programme/

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