Culture vultures: spend a relaxed Sunday on artist Sami Lukkarinen’s tour of Helsinki galleries.
“Doing a round of the galleries is perfect for a Sunday: it doesn’t cost you anything, you can see a great variety of new pieces, and you can choose in which of the galleries you want to spend more time to get to know the work better. As a bonus, you get to enjoy a nice walk in downtown Helsinki and you can stop for a refreshing cup of coffee and talk about art,” Lukkarinen says.
The galleries are open on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m., except the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, which is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Text and images: Sami Lukkarinen and Mari Koistinen.
Huuto (that’s howl in English) is curated and maintained by a group of artists. The gallery focuses on showcasing work by promising young Finnish artists.
Galleria Huuto.Uudenmaankatu 35.
Galleria Heino exhibits a wide variety of top-class Finnish art. Founded in 2002, Heino is a relatively new name on the Helsinki gallery scene. The photos here are from Marjukka Vainio’s photography exhibition.
Galleria Heino. Uudenmaankatu 16–20.
One of the biggest gallery spaces in Helsinki―and certainly the flashiest―is at Kalhama-Piippo, which has hosted exhibitions ranging from the interesting to the truly chin-strokingly new by both young and established contemporary artists. Opened in 2008, the gallery has quickly made its mark on the Finnish art scene.
Gallery Kalhama-Piippo. Mannerheimintie 3 B, 5th floor (Kaivopiha). The gallery is set to move to Bulevardi 10, a few blocks away, in the fall of 2011.
Anhava features established artists mostly from Finland, but also brings in noteworthy pieces from other Nordic countries.
The gallery, run by Finnish art world influencer Ilona Anhava, was founded in 1991. In 1997 it joined forces with Galerie Artek. Artek, founded in 1937 by Maire Gullichsen, was one of the pioneers of contemporary art in Finland.
The photos feature paintings by artist Jani Hänninen.
Galerie Anhava. Mannerheiminaukio 3 (inside Sanomatalo).
The most international gallery in Helsinki exhibits art by Finnish talents and international superstars alike in two separate spaces. After 30 years in business, the gallery recently moved to its new, beautiful 680m2 premises at Lönnrotinkatu.
The first picture captures Elämänpolkuja installation by
Kaarina Kaikkonen. The second image is from Jacob Hashimoto’s exhibition.
Galerie Forsblom. Lönnrotinkatu 5.
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Gallery
Catch future talents before they’re famous by visiting the exhibitions by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Helsinki is something of an art school hot spot, with hundreds of students from abroad studying here each year.
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Gallery (Kuvataideakatemian galleria), Kasarmikatu 44.
Ama features various kinds of art, so you never know what you’ll find. It could be anything from acrylics to exhibitions of minimalist conceptual art. Ama also has an online gallery focusing on graphic art and photography.
Galleria Ama. Rikhardinkatu 1.
The gallery, maintained by the Association of Finnish Sculptors, often shows the best in three-dimensional work, but also plays host to interesting video installations.
Galleria Sculptor. Eteläranta 12.
The Kluuvi gallery, curated by the Helsinki Art Museum, often shows ambitious installations by young artists. It might be tricky to spot the door, but the space is definitely worth a visit. The courtyard and staircase are also architectural treats at their own right!
Kluuvi Gallery. Unioninkatu 28 b, courtyard, 4th floor.