Spring is coming to town bringing along many interesting exhibitions to museums and galleries. I’ve gathered a list of my favourites, which includes something new and old, paintings, sculptures and also Finnish design. More information about events and exhibitions will be available at our webbsite www.visithelsinki.fi/en.
Helsinki Noir, Amos Anderson Art Museum, open till December 31st
Helsinki Noir is a fictional exhibition telling about Helsinki as a crime scene. The theme is based on real life, when in 1930s dead young woman was found as a victim of a crime from the shores of Kaivopuisto. Her identity was unknown and the local press named her “The Belle of Kaivopuisto”. In the exhibition the visitors can participate to solve the murder mystery. Last autumn the museum published a writing competition for the visitors to figure out how the story ends. The paintings show how Helsinki looked like in 1930-40s, its mood, streets and dark alleys, that also inspires home detectives to use their imagination to find a solution.
Hint! Try to find locations of the paintings from the present-day Helsinki. It’s quite easy, because the scenery of the paintings are mainly from the city centre.
Auguste Rodin, Ateneum Art Museum, open till May 8th
The French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) has become famous by his work The Thinker that can be seen also in this exhibition. Bringing it to Helsinki gives us a warm breeze from Paris. Rodin became famous by bringing new kind of expression to sculpture by emphasizing their physicality. He also made many portraits and the exhibition covers works from his entire career. He had also a connection to Finland, because he had two Finnish pupils and atelier assistants named Sigrid af Forselles and Hilda Flodin.
Hint! Find the stone faces made by Hilda Flodin on Pohjola House wall by the Aleksanterinkatu street.
Eero Aarnio, Design Museum, open April 8th – September 25th
Interior designer and professor Eero Aarnio (b. 1932) is one of the most international artists in Finland and his retrospective exhibition will be seen from April on in Design Museum. This creative man has designed loads of funny and timeless items, such as Ball Chair, Pony and Puppy. His design has brought loads of fun and joy to the everyday utility articles and still they are practical and easy to use. In addition to the items there are also sketches on display which show how the planning process has proceeded. The exhibition is open during the summer season and at the same time it’s possible to check the other exhibition Finnish Form in Design Museum premises.
Hint! It’s possible to try the Ball Chair at Unikulma Showroom on Erottajankatu 19. Unikulma is a local store selling furniture, pillows and mattresses.
Tom of Finland, Kunsthalle Helsinki, open May 7-August 7
Another internationally well-known Finnish artist is Tom of Finland (1920-1991), whose exhibition will be held at Kunsthalle Helsinki starting in May. Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland was originally born in Finland, but he moved after The World War II to USA. He was known from his homo erotic and masculine drawings, which became a role model for many in music business, such as Village People, Freddie Mercury and The Queen. The exhibition showcases besides drawings also paper dolls and image series that have been gathered from several museums and private collections.
Hint! Finlayson sells Tom of Finland products, such as towels and bedclothes. In summer there will be held EuroGames competition in Helsinki which will be the biggest European sports event for LGBTIQ people.
Tove Jansson, Helsinki Art Museum HAM, permanent exhibition
Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is a Finnish artist of diverse talent that has made paintings, books, series and the most known works are beloved Moomin figures. Couple of years ago it was the jubilee year of her birth and to honour her it was organized lots of programme. However, there hasn’t been any permanent exhibition of her works in Helsinki until this January Helsinki Art Museum HAM opened a tiny gallery called Tove Gallery at Tennis Palace. The exhibition presents two of her frescos, sketches from the wall paintings in Aurora Children’s Hospital and photographs from her life.
Hint! Pop in Tove Jansson Park which is located by the Uspenski Cathedral. At the same time you learn to know her childhood scenery in Katajanokka district.
What are your favourite art exhibitions for this spring? Have you already visited some nice exhibition this spring?