Kati Kivinen appointed as Head of Exhibitions at HAM
Kati Kivinen, PhD, has been appointed the Head of Exhibitions at HAM Helsinki Art Museum as of 1 August 2022. In her new role, Kivinen is in charge of the planning, coordination and development of HAM exhibitions and serves as the supervisor of the exhibitions unit.
Kati Kivinen has extensive professional experience in contemporary art and the museum sector. She has worked as Chief Curator for Collections and Curator for Temporary Exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (2017-2022 & 2003-2017). Her recent curatorial projects at Kiasma include group exhibitions: Navigating North: Works from the Wihuri Foundation Collection, Kiasma, Helsinki (2022); Mad Love: The Seppo Fränti Collection at Kiasma, Kiasma, Helsinki (2020); Coexistence: Human, Animal and Nature in Kiasma’s Collections, Kiasma, Helsinki (2019); There and Back Again: Contemporary Art from the Baltic Sea Region, Kiasma, Helsinki (2018); and solo exhibitions of Mika Vainio: 50 Hz (2020); Iiu Susiraja: Dry Joy (2019); Pilvi Takala: Second Shift (2018); Mona Hatoum (2016); Jani Ruscica: Conversation in Pieces (2016); Alfredo Jaar: Tonight No Poetry Will Serve (2014); Mika Taanila: Time Machines (2013) & Erkki Kurenniemi: Towards 2048 (2013).
Before that, she worked as Artistic Director of AV-arkki – The Centre for Finnish Media Art, where she curated a number of screening programs (2009-2010). Between 2000 and 2003, she was Coordinator of Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME, an organization dedicated to the promotion and support of Finnish visual arts. Her independent curatorial work includes numerous interdisciplinary exhibitions, most recently Fragile Times at Galerie im Körnerpark in Berlin (2020) and Materiell Tanke at Varberg’s Konsthall in Sweden (2017). Kivinen has edited and contributed to several exhibition catalogues and published her texts in Finland and abroad. She holds PhD in art history from the University of Helsinki (Stories Told Differently: The Spatialization of Narrative and Encountering the Story in Moving Image Installations, 2013). Since 2021 Kivinen is a board member of IKT – the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.