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Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger appointed as Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts

PhD Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger has been appointed as Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki for a five-year term. The professorship was filled by an invitation procedure. Her term will begin on 1 May 2016.

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger has previously worked as a curator, author, researcher and teacher both in Finland and abroad; since 2009, she has held the post of Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography. She has extensive experience in exhibition projects, curating practices and the international exhibition scene of the contemporary arts. Ms Rastenberger is interested in art practices and display in both physical and digital environments. She holds a PhDin Art History from the University of Helsinki.

The Academy of Fine Arts organises approximately 50 exhibitions and numerous public performances of various types every year, and they make up a part of the studies and degrees. It is the goal of tuition at the Academy of Fine Arts to emphasise interaction between exhibition practices and spatiality in the arts, and to generate new perspectives on the theories and philosophy of art and spatiality. The responsibilities of the Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality will include both Praxis ­ the Master¹s Programme in Exhibition Studies and the Exhibition Studies and Spatiality modules intended for all students.

“The many different exhibition practices and activities hold significant importance in the fine arts education and it is of utmost importance to us to further develop instruction in this field. With her extensive expertise and international networks, Ms Rastenberger will be a valuable addition to our community,” says  Markus Konttinen, Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts.