Collage of autumn art exhibitions in Helsinki.

Hockney, Finch, Frank and Gilbert & George in Helsinki’s autumn art season

The autumn art season of Helsinki is well underway. Many new exhibitions have already been opened, and October will see more openings. 

THE MAJOR EXHIBITION of the British artist duo Gilbert & George will be their first significant exhibition held in the Nordic countries in the last two decades and present pictures exhibited for the first time in Finland. The exhibition opens at HAM Helsinki Art Museum on 12 October. 

Gilbert & Georg at HAM 

HAM will also present I Was Waiting for YouPaavo Westerberg’s selection from the Bäcksbacka Collection. Ulla Jokisalo’s Imaginations of Freedom is an exploration of the ways the artist has exercised her freedom.  

Exhibitions at HAM 

Helsinki City Museum’s Villa Hakasalmi has on display Carefree Capital – Scenes from 1920’s Helsinki, which illustrates the flamboyancy and exuberance of Helsinki in the 1920’s, a time characterized by fervent energy and big dreams.  

Carefree Capital 

The main exhibition at Ateneum over the winter season 2018–2019 is Urban Encounters – Finnish Art from the 20th Century. This diverse exhibition explores migration and urbanization in Finland in the early decades of the 20th century. Don’t miss Stories of Finnish Art during your visit! 

Urban Encounters 

Great feelings, passion and dramatic performances are now on display at Sinebrychoff Art Museum. 

Moved to Tears ­– Staging Emotions  

Didrichsen’s autumn exhibition presents works by the Belgian-English artist A. W. Finch from the 1880s to the 1920s. This is the first solo exhibition of Finch in nearly 30 years.  

A.W. Finch at Didrichsen 

An exhibition opening at the National Museum of Finland on 12 October challenges the audience to reflect on man as part of the ecosystem and the relationship between man, matter and objects.

Man, Matter, Metamorphosis

In October, the two topmost floors of Kiasma will be reserved for the art of Ann Veronica Janssens. Born in Great Britain, Janssens currently lives in Brussels and works with light.

Ann Veronica Janssens 

Opening on 12 October, Design Museum will display work by the Austrian-born architect and designer Josef Frank (1885 –1967) in architecture, urban planning and furniture and textile design.

Josef Frank 

The Theatre Museum opens an exhibition on Finnish author and playwright Alexis Kivi on 10 October. The exhibition sheds new light on Kivi through different viewpoints as an educated and unbiased artist who spoke several languages and had a sharp vision. 

Theatre Museum

A joint exhibition by the Aalto University School of Architecture and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Interplay of Cultures, will be on display through the autumn season and the first two months of 2019. The exhibition presents cultural snapshots from a number of countries as well as student designs and projects in those countries.

Interplay of Cultures

Don’t miss these!

Kunsthalle Helsinki has on display an exhibition of works by David Hockney until late November, organized in cooperation with Helsinki Festival. Hockney is one of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists. His works are now exhibited more widely than ever before in Finland.

David Hockney at Kunsthalle Helsinki

The Amos Rex art museum, which opened doors at the end of August, is Helsinki’s Number One museum destination of the autumn season. The opening exhibition by teamLab will be on display until January 2019. The art collective is known for their immersive digital installations that engulf the viewers.

Amos Rex

The Finnish Museum of Photography displays works by Swedish photographer JH Engström until November. Engström is known for his personal photographic series, in which he has expressively documented himself and those around him. The exhibition and a related book are produced by Photobooks from Finland. Both are based on collective creation. Eight artists were selected to the project in the spring of 2018. The underlying theme is the Finnish landscape.

Finnish Museum of Photography exhibitions

You can still make it

Wäinö Aaltonen – Known and Unknownat Villa Gyllenberg, on display until 14 October 

Wäinö Aaltonen at Villa Gyllenberg