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Marja-Terttu Kivirinta

Marja-Terttu Kivirinta is an art critic, journalist (freelancer 1976 - 80, 2009 - present) and academic writer, Ph.D. and author of non-fiction books. Kivirinta worked as a staff writer for 28 years in the cultural section of the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (1980 - 2008). She has taught art history and art criticism since 1978 at the University of Theater, University of Helsinki, and University of Art and Design in Helsinki. She has published numerous articles on art history and contemporary art, and worked as a co-editor on editorial boards for a series of non-fiction art historical books. Kivirinta is currently a member of the Board in AICA-Finland (2010 - present), AICA-International (2011 - present) and the Membership Comission of AICA-International (2012 - present). She has also been a curator or co-curator in a several exhibitions.


Looking at the Vivid Local Art Scene through the Huge Change of the Media

This winter and spring in Helsinki there have been shows, mostly featuring local artists. They lasted three to four weeks. They have included museum exhibitions of internationally recognized artists, such as Alfredo Jaar, presented at Kiasma, and Jean Tinguely, at the Amos Anderson Art Museum.


Photographer Jaakko Heikkilä with Marja-Terttu Kivirinta

I have written criticism for more than 30 years. Although the idea of art criticism is still the same—it should be analytical and critical—during that period the reviews have changed. And now I talk about newspaper journalism, my professional background.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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