Kaj Martin (left) and Asmo Jaaksi at Lasipalatsi Square. Photo: Pertti Nisonen

Helsinki-info reviews Amos Rex and discusses integration

The English section of the Helsinki-info bulletin’s new edition presents the new Amos Rex art museum, the Job’d project of Migrant Youth Helsinki and a Turkish immigrant’s views about learning Finnish.  

Amos Rex was embraced by the public with enthusiasm even before the art museum opened doors at the end of August: people rushed to the mound-like structures that the subterranean art museum creates in the Lasipalatsi Square above it. “I wanted to create a space full of life,” says museum architect Asmo Jaaksi of JKMM Architects, who stood in awe witnessing the success of his creation. 

“We are a dynamic, open museum, and we reach out to young audiences,” says Amos Rex Programme Director Kaj Martin. In keeping with the mission, Amos Rex opens with a mind-blowing exhibition of reality-altering, immersive digital installations by teamLab of Japan. 

Migrant Youth Helsinki helps young immigrants to integrate. The project has developed an operating model called Job’d, which helps young people to enter the job market. According to Migrant Youth Helsinki project manager Irma Sippola, Job’d is a good match with the everyday lives of young people. “Job’d utilizes the power that exists in young people themselves,” she says.  

Turkish political scientist Halil Gürhanli urges immigrants to be active to integrate into Finnish society and to learn Finnish. “Finnish language skills are key to adapting to Finnish culture,” he says. “I helped myself the most by entering the discomfort zone and forcing myself to speak Finnish, learning more that way.”  

Read the above articles in Helsinki-info