Kaarina Kaikkonen (Iisalmi, 1952) lives and works in Helsinki. She studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and received the National Prize for Visual Arts in 1989; the Finland Prize for Art in 2001; while in 2013, the Order of the Lion of Finland awarded her a First-Class Knighthood. Kaikkonen has also been awarded international prizes, such as the Audience Prize at Den Haag Sculptuur in the Netherlands in 2004 and a Mention of Honor at the 11th Cairo Biennale in Egypt in 2009.

 Among her most recent solo shows: Kaarina Kaikkonen, KUNSTEN Museum for Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark (2018); Kaarina Kaikkonen, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, France (2017); Kaarina Kaikkonen, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden (2017); Kaarina Kaikkonen, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (2017); Falling Light, Blooming Spirit, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland (2016).

Her works may be found in major public and private collections, including: Albright – Knox Art Gallery; State of Finland; Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia; MAXXI – National Museum of 21st-Century Art, Rome; Foundation of Jenny and Antti Wihuri; Malmö Art Museum; Helsinki Art Museum; Borås Art Museum; Wyoming University Art Museum; Kuopio Art Museum; City of Iisalmi; Lapinlhati Art Museum; Oulu Art Museum; EMMA Museum for Modern Art; Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art; Collection Swanljung; Joensuu Art Museum; Mikkeli Art Museum; Aine Art Museum; City of Pieksämäki; Sara Hildén Art Museum, and the Kaisa Blomstedt Collection.


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Gallery Exhibition

M77 is glad to present Tied together, Kaarina Kaikkonen‘s fist solo exhibition in Milan, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti.

Realized by M77 Gallery in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan’s Culture Sector, the exhibition will be divided into two complementary environments: M77 Gallery will host a site-specific installation and a selection of recent works while the Colonnade of the Rotonda di via Besana will provide the stage for a major installation. As the title of the exhibition – Tied together – suggests, her installations reflect a precise vision of the world: that of a common human journey, where closeness to the other is an indispensable factor.

The installation at the Colonnato della Rotonda di via Besana will be inaugurated on Monday 10 October at 11:30 am.

The exhibition at M77 will open on Tuesday 11 October 2022, at 7 pm.

Kaarina Kaikkonen (Iisalmi, 1952) lives and works in Helsinki. She has exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums in the world. In Italy, she has held solo show in key museums, such as MAXXI (2012) and the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (2014), as well as having been a guest at Collezione Maramotti with the large-scale installation in 2012.