Michael Jackson art show opens in Finland despite controversy

The exhibit is not a "celebration" of the singer. (AFP)
Updated 22 August 2019

Michael Jackson art show opens in Finland despite controversy

HELSINKI: An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened this week in Helsinki with organizers insisting it was not a "celebration" of the singer, still dogged by abuse allegations a decade after his death.




Jackson's documentary in 2018 showed that he groomed and sexually assaulted children. (AFP)

"Michael Jackson: On the Wall" brings together old and new works depicting the iconic pop star and his impact on popular culture, by artists including Andy Warhol, American photographer David LaChapelle and British potter Grayson Perry.




"Michael Jackson: On the Wall" depicts the iconic pop star's impact on popular culture. (AFP) 

The show of 90 works first hung in London's National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It then toured in Paris and Bonn before coming to Helsinki.




The exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened on Tuesday in Helsinki. (AFP)

The German and Finnish shows come after a new raft of allegations that Jackson groomed and sexually assaulted children, detailed in the 2018 documentary "Leaving Neverland.”




Michael Jackson: On the Wall exhibit in Finland. (AFP)

"We can't shy away from these difficult subjects and we of course condemn all kinds of abuse," Arja Miller, chief curator at Espoo Museum of Modern Art, told AFP. "This exhibition and these artists are not celebrating Michael Jackson, but analyzing his meaning in our culture.”


What We Are Reading Today: Floating Coast  by Bathsheba Demuth

Updated 16 September 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Floating Coast  by Bathsheba Demuth

Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: Through the stories of these animals and resources, Bathsheba Demuth reveals how people have turned ecological wealth in a remote region into economic growth and state power for more than 150 years.

The first-ever comprehensive history of Beringia, the Arctic land and waters stretching from Russia to Canada, Floating Coast breaks away from familiar narratives to provide a fresh and fascinating perspective on an overlooked landscape, according to a review published on goodreads.com.

The unforgiving territory along the Bering Strait had long been home to humans — the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia — before Americans and Europeans arrived with revolutionary ideas for progress. 

Rapidly, these frigid lands and waters became the site of an ongoing experiment: How, under conditions of extreme scarcity, would the great modern ideologies of capitalism and communism control and manage the resources they craved?