Helsinki Finland Art
A plan to turn a power station in Helsinki, Finland, into a centre for art, culture and technology has drawn comparisons with London's Tate Modern, reports Gareth Harris for Art Newspaper. The green capital of Finland, famous for its parkland, forests, lakes and islands, will increase its importance in the world of contemporary art by hosting the first Helsinki Biennial on an island near the city centre. Biennials may be all too common in a crowded exhibition landscape today, but that hasn't stopped a group of artists from initiating them.
Nature is a constant theme here, as far as it borders on clichés, and the island is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, close to museums. Helsinki Airport welcomes visitors, but the charm of Finland's old world can be explored by moving to different parts of the airport. There are the three museums mentioned, which make up the Finnish National Gallery, two of them in Helsinki and one in Tampere. It is close to Helsinki Central Station, where you will find hotels, and the Helsinki Museum of Art.
By increasing the number of grants and residencies for artists, Helsinki is the first city in Europe to require new buildings to spend 1% of their value on public works of art. Helsinki has so much public art because the law requires that 1% of the funds go to art. Part of this strategy of public art is also the creation of new public spaces such as parks, parks and public gardens.
The main exhibition space is located in downtown Helsinki, where we have 17 to 17 exhibitions a year. It aims to further promote the Helsinki art scene, help Finnish artists gain international momentum and enrich the cityscape with its strong exhibitions. The association is also presenting a new exhibition entitled "Expanding and Moving the Laboratory," which will take place in Helsinki in the summer of 2019.
The Helsinki Artists' Association is led by the Helsinki Art Society, the Finnish Association for Art and Culture and the National Association of Finnish Artists. This year's participants include artists from Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Australia.
The Finnish Art Fair will showcase more than 1,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and other works of art. The exhibition also includes works by artists from the Helsinki Art Society, the Finnish Association for Art and Culture and the National Association of Finnish Artists.
Japanese audiences, the exhibition will also present the Finnish textile industry to a Japanese audience by presenting works by artists from Finland, Japan and other parts of the world. The Finnish National Museum illustrates the history of the Finnish Stone Age and its relevance through cultural history and objects. Kiasma's collection is not only a crucial element of Finnish cultural heritage, but also focuses on works by Finnish artists and artists who lived in the surrounding countries.
During the day, visitors can explore the international dimension of Finnish modernism, showcasing the work of leading architects and their work from Finland and elsewhere. The well-known exhibition of works by Tove Jansson, "Finnish Modernism: Finnish Art."
Many of the paintings will be on display in a larger exhibition called "Urban Encounters" at the Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art. Gudrunsdotter's installation will also be shown at Checkpoint Helsinki, which is sponsored by the Guggenheim Foundation (the money also goes to Gugsgenheimer projects). The Helsinki Biennale will be present in Vallisaari, which has been designated as an event center, with additional events organized by the Helsinki Art Museum, the Finnish Museum and the Finnish National Gallery, as well as other institutions.
The Helsinki Biennale is supported by representatives of the city, but almost 80 museums and galleries are also on board. Finnish museums in the city can suit your taste and give you insights into all aspects of Finnish culture, history and art. The festival of various arts, which will take place in Vallisaari from 1 October to 30 November 2014, will be shown at the Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art, the Finnish National Gallery and Checkpoint Helsinki.
Helsinki has increasingly brought international cultural dialogue and exchange to the fore through the Helsinki International Artist Programme, which hosts artists "residencies on the fortress island of Suomenlinna, and the Frame, which promotes Finnish art abroad.
The Open Air Museum is a great visual treat and will definitely open your eyes to rural Finnish history. The museum's website contains links to various web exhibitions about design in Finland, including "Finnish Design: Oiva Jansson," "Helsinki Design" and "Finland's Design History." This exhibition explores the development of Finnish design through a well-known phenomenon, while also providing an insight into the history of Finnish design, where Tove jansson and others have left their mark through works and artworks she has commissioned. The museum in Helsinki houses a collection of her works, including the two large frescoes created for the restaurant of Helsinki City Hall, as well as a number of other works.