Auf der Suche nach dem Weltfrieden

Minna Henriksson, Ralf Homann, Iason Konstantinou, Manuela Unverdorben

16 AUG — 21 SEP 23

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Auf der Suche nach dem Weltfrieden, 2023 © Foto: Tobias Hase

The international art collective is searching for the bronze sculpture “World Peace”, a gift from Moscow to the city of Helsinki, which disappeared in 2022.

The two digital prints show the artistically crafted details of the approximately six-metre-high bronze sculpture “Weltfrieden”, which means “World Peace” in English and “Maailman rauha” in Finnish and is by the sculptor Oleg S. Kirjuhin.

Last year, “World Peace” suddenly disappeared. Up until that point, the monument had adorned a square in Helsinki. Where is the sculpture now? An international art collective sets out in search of World Peace. The bronze monument was a gift from Moscow in 1990. At that time, Finland was a bridge in the Cold War between East and West, and Helsinki the well-known host city of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)*. How could we achieve this today?

On their search the artists meet a diplomat who was active at the time and later Finland’s ambassador in Washington, a parliamentarian, a scientist, museum staff and art historian Aleksandra Oilinki. The quote, “There is no clear iconography to peace”, originates from her. What do you think? Can the artists find World Peace?

*The Geneva negotiations began 50 years ago, on September 18, 1973

“Auf der Suche nach dem Weltfrieden” (In search of world peace), a project by

Minna Henriksson / Helsinki – Ralf Homann / Munich
Iason Konstantinou / Munich & Athens – Manuela Unverdorben / Munich

Auf der Suche nach dem Weltfrieden, 2023 © Foto: Tobias Hase
Auf der Suche nach dem Weltfrieden, 2023 © Foto: Tobias Hase


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