Exhibitions of spring.

Paul Osipow and René Magritte to go on view this spring

In the spring of 2019, Helsinki Art Museum HAM will present the first-ever solo exhibition in the Nordic region of Polish artist Paweł Althamer (born 1967). The audience will come face to face with the artist in startling self-portraits, collectively created sculptures and video documentation. The year 2019 will mark the passage of 150 years since the birth of Ellen Thesleff. Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954), with her boyish haircut, was a radical woman who did what she wanted and who lived for her art. The exhibition will highlight Thesleff’s trailblazing and evolving art, but also her personal history through texts, photos and archival materials.

What are the residents of Helsinki afraid of? How can you liberate yourself from your fears? At the Helsinki City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16, you will have the opportunity to face your own fears. The exhibition goes on until the end of March. The Carefree City is an exhibition that is on display at Villa Hakasalmi all through the spring and summer until early September.

In February, for the first time in Finland, Amos Rex Art Museum will put on show artworks of the Belgian surrealist René Magritte (1898–1967), famous for his pipes and bowler hats. On display will be works from different periods in Magritte’s career, providing a multifaceted overview of the development of the artist’s oeuvre. Magritte was a film enthusiast and, besides visual art, the exhibition’s supplementary programme will take over the silver screen at the Bio Rex cinema.

Ateneum Art Museum will display works of the Czech artist František Kupka (1871–1957), who is known as a pioneer of abstract art. This retrospective of the painter, who enjoyed a long career in Paris, will enable viewers to explore the history of Western art: the stage-wise transition from traditional portraiture towards abstract expression. In June, Ateneum introduces Silent Beauty, an exhibition about Nordic and East Asian interaction as their art share the idea of everyday beauty and a connection with nature. The exhibition will juxtapose visual art, architecture, ceramics, and textile art from Finnish and Swedish collections, the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in Tokyo, and the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

The theme of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma’s 2019 programme is goodness. The exhibitions and performances will explore the ideas of giving, sharing, hospitality and encounters. In February, the internationally renowned New York-based Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, a.k.a. Shoplifter, will bring her art to Kiasma's fifth-floor galleries. Shoplifter exploits synthetic hair and creates massive installations that are subtly humorous. Finnish artist Iiu Susiraja is famous for her candid self-portraits in which she poses for the camera in everyday situations at home and in absurd situations. Her exhibition at Kiasma opens in March.

Kunsthalle Helsinki will present a comprehensive retrospective featuring a leading name in Finnish art, Paul Osipow (born 1939). The exhibition provides an enlightening overview of the artist's creative evolution.

Beginning in March, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum will put on display an exhibition about the usage of gold and blue in European fine arts and artefacts. Select pieces by contemporary artists are set in dialogue with art from bygone times. Blue and gold have traditionally carried certain significances, which largely have remained unchanged, but through the interpretation by contemporary artists, these colours acquire new and additional meanings.

The Didrichsen Art Museum's Pro Arte acknowledgement has been awarded to visual artist Karoliina Hellberg. The prize that continues the legacy of the museum founders is awarded to a young artist, now for the fourth time. There will be a private exhibition of Hellberg´s paintings at Didrichsen´s from 25 January to 5 May 2019.

Beginning in March, Villa Gyllenberg's new exhibition Sigrid Schauman, Art as an Expression of Emotions, examines Sigrid Schauman’s conception of art as it appears in her paintings and the art reviews that she wrote about contemporary exhibitions.

The Design Museum will open an exhibition about Ruudt Peters (born 1950) in January. Peters, an artist from the Netherlands, is a trailblazer of contemporary jewellery design. In his jewellery, which has been described as rebellious, he has tested the boundaries of design with regard to both materials and usage. The museum’s main exhibition of the spring and summer seasons will display works produced by the COMPANY design studio during the last ten years plus. Starting in April, an exhibition of works by Osma Harvilahti (born 1983) addresses contemporary design through photography. Harvilahti is a Paris-based photographer whose focus of attention is on exploring design, fashion and the use of colour. 

The spring exhibition of the Museum of Finnish Architecture displays a piece of lost Finnish Jugend, or Art Nouveau, design and architecture from the surroundings of Viipuri. Visitors will be able to acquaint themselves with the Suur-Merijoki manor (1902–1903), which was designed by the Gesellius, Lindgren, Saarinen architectural firm as its most brilliant piece of comprehensive artwork.

In March, the Finnish Museum of Photography will open its Festival of Political Photography 2019. Through the theme of resistance, it will explore self-organised activities, emerging from small communities and individuals, that address social grievances.

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