Weekly Tips: Exhibitions in October

Here are the great exhibitions opening in Helsinki in October. The Weekly Tips series introduces the most interesting events every month, covering all things design and related.

Here are the great exhibitions opening in Helsinki in October. The Weekly Tips series introduces the most interesting events every month, covering all things design and related.

Autums doesn’t slow Helsinki down. Earlier we made a tip list of things to experience in October.

In addition, many interesting exhibitions open in Helsinki so we have put them together for you. Enjoy!

Design Museum: Kirsti Rantanen

The autumn season at Design Museum includes an extensive showing of work by the Finnish textile designer and pioneer of fibre art Kirsti Rantanen (born 1930). She has taught a whole
generation of textile designers and artists, and her own work has been of trailblazing importance.

Kirsti Rantanen
Design Museum

Helsinki City Museum: Smell

What does the city smell like? When the museum asked its customer panel in March 2015 what Helsinki smells like, it received more than 200 smell memories in response. The volume and thoroughness of responses indicate how strong smell-related recollections are. The leading role is played by a Helsinki-related scent, changing weekly throughout the autumn and the winter.

Helsinki City Museum

Helsinki Art Museum: Yayoi Kusama – In Infinity

Dots and colours to counter-attack autumn blues. Yayoi Kusama’s In Infinity at HAM. Zing to your soul from dotty and colorful fireworks by multi-talented Kusama who has also been called a pop icon. This retrospective involves all forms of art from drawings and paintings to sculpture, spatial art, performances, and happenings.

Yayoi Kusama – In Infinity
7 October 2016 to 22 January 2017
Helsinki Art Museum, Tennis Palace, Eteläinen Rautatienkatu 8

EMMA: In Search Of the Present

On its anniversary year 2016, EMMA is launching a new exhibition concept, “In Search Of the Present”. Its first collection forms the main exhibition of the year. In the future, EMMA’s objective is to produce a review of the theme every 3 to 4 years and to provide related programme between the exhibitions. The first exhibition produced according to the new concept presents international modern art from some 20 artists.

12 October 2016 to 8 January 2017
Ahertajantie 5, 02100 Espoo

Kiasma: Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum’s work presents us with a world characterized by conflict and contradictions. Her first solo exhibition in Finland gives an overview
of her work from the late-‘70s to the present. It gathers together works 
in media as varied as performance, video, photography, installation, sculpture and works on paper.

Mona Hatoum

Kiasma: After the Turmoil – Meeri Koutaniemi & Arman Alizad

After the Turmoil is an exhibition about survival. It is about people who have endured great suffering yet who refuse to play the role of the victim. Instead, they have become proactive change-makers in their community.

The photographs and installations by Meeri Koutaniemi displayed in three rooms on this floor portray violence targeted at women in India and Kenya and refugees in Thailand and other parts of the world.

After the Turmoil – Meeri Koutaniemi & Arman Alizad
Gallery Wednesday

Gallery Wednesday brings people from streets to galleries to have fun.

Gallery Wednesday changes things. All citizens are invited guests. In gallery you can meet people, laugh, get inspired and debate – or just hang around and meet friends. You are more than welcome to stay as long as you wish and enjoy.

Gallery Wednesday
Galleries in Helsinki

Amos Anderson Art Museum: Zoltán Popovits

A quarter of a century has passed since sculptor Zoltán Popovits’s (b. 1940) last retrospective exhibition at the Helsinki Art Museum, and much has happened since. The current exhibition, which will spread over the first and sixth floors of the Amos Anderson Art Museum as well as outside the museum, will present the work of this multi-faceted artist spanning half a century.

Zoltán Popovits
14.10.2016 – 9.1.2017
Amos Anderson Art Museum

Ateneum: Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani, who died on the verge of fame at the early age of 35, is one of the most interesting artists in modern art today. The works on display constitute the largest Modigliani exhibition in the Nordic countries to date.  The artist is known especially for his elegant paintings of women, which have influenced the worlds of visual art and fashion.

Amedeo Modigliani

Museum of Finnish Architecture: More Colorful, More Cheerful, More Sophisticated

Remember those wild colours? And all those black-and-white boxes? The MFA’s spring exhibition takes us on a journey back in time to the sixties in Finland.

More Colorful, More Cheerful, More Sophisticated
Finnish Architecture in the Sixties
October 12, 2016 – February 19, 2017
Museum of Finnish Architecture

Laituri: Kalasatama art competition

The aim of the competition is to find works of art that can be displayed in the new residential area that is being constructed in Kalasatama. Kalasatama art competition’s finalists selected from 261 entries. All competition entries will be displayed in the Laituri exhibition space.

Kalasatama art competition
Laituri, Narinkka 2