The House of Khronos


IC-98, The House of Khronos, 2016

The House of Khronos found in Pöytyä, Southwest Finland. Artist duo IC-98 donated the property they had acquired to the municipality of Pöytyä.

The IC-98 group is artists Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund. They have been searching for a house in Finland where Chronos, the God of Time, could move in. 

“We have visited a great number of properties around Finland over the past year,” says Patrik Söderlund. “They all had their own typical characteristics. In Pöytyä we found a house with a yard that best seemed to personify The House of Khronos. Now the project stops existing on a merely conceptual level and begins instead to move forward in a concrete place and context. This is the inception actual dialogue with the house, its setting and the associated people, animals and plants.”

The House of Khronos at Ortenoja, Pöytyä, is a property surrounded with a gateless steel mesh fence. Its area is 2003 square metres. Protected from human influence, the property consists of a residential building and its yard. The fenced-in area will be left untouched for an indeterminate period of time. It will not be managed or maintained in any way. The buildings are left to decay in peace and the plants to conquer the land.

The municipality of Pöytyä awaits with interest to see how time will settle into The House of Khronos. “The project with its complex dimensions will continue to live, establishing contacts with its surroundings and building a bridge between the past, the present and the future,” says Marianne Mäkelä, director of cultural services in Pöytyä. “We can expect encounters in all sorts of forms – old, new, unprecedented and unique. It’s great that The House of Chronos was found in Pöytyä.”

The House of Khronos will establish a sanctuary consisting of decaying cultural heritage and nature that dies but is born again. “Pöytyä is a perfect location for The House of Khronos,” says Riitta Numminen, acting director of Lönnström Museums. “The municipality has respect for nature and its diversity.”

The Lönnström Art Museum produces a contemporary art project with a visual artist or artist group on an annual basis. The first project, selected in 2015, was The House of Khronos by the Turku-based artist group IC-98. The Teresia and Rafael Lönnström Foundation reserved 100,000 euro for the project to cover project expenses and the artists’ fee in 2016–2017.

The projects of IC-98 are often installations or publications that combine research, drawing and animation. They have presented their work in exhibitions, biennales and events in the Nordic countries, Europe, the United States and Asia. IC-98 represented Finland at the 2015 Venice Biennale with their installation Hours, Years, Aeons

The Lönnström Art Museum is maintained by the Teresia and Rafael Lönnström Foundation. The museum relinquished its house in 2015 and it currently implements contemporary art projects with artists.