Art Museums in Helsinki

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Art Museums in Helsinki

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  • Jouni L
    Turku, Finland726 contributions
    Iconic national art museum of Finland. Visit here is definately worth while, Finnish and international paintings.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    We have visited this museum many times. Sometimes the exhibitions are quite strange like on our visit this time.

    On the top 5th floor was a 32-minute long video work by Doug Aitken. The screens were huge and round. It was easy to get dizzy.

    On the 4th floor was sound art by Mika Vainio. That was an even stranger experience. Empty rooms with some or no sound.

    On the 3rd floor would have been the best exhibition Mad Love by Seppo Fränti but that we saw already in June.

    The building itself and the views from the 5th floor were the highlights this time.
    Written 6 October 2020
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    This new exhibition is well suited for the museum space because the exhibition halls are located underground. Now the space was also better used than on our last visit.

    This exhibition featured 101 historical and contemporary works. The subterranean paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, and video art are made by 62 artists. The oldest work is from the 17th century, while the newest ones were completed just for this exhibition.

    Most of the works were hard to understand. We toured the exhibition in less than half an hour. Would I pay 20 euros to see this? No. Luckily we have Finnish Museum cards with a free entrance also to this museum.
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    This art museum is located in the Sinebrychoffs’ palatial townhouse completed in 1842.

    There are changing exhibitions in the cellar and on the 1st floor. This time they were Linnaeus - Glimpses of Paradise and Jarmo Mäkilä - Matrix Hardcore.

    As always, the house museum on the 2nd floor is the best part of the experience. Here you can see the striking interior of this home palace.

    The entrance is free to the house museum. I am not sure if it is worth paying 16 euros to see the changing exhibitions. Luckily, we have Finnish museum cards with a free entrance also there.
    Written 27 February 2022
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  • BC
    Atlanta, GA143 contributions
    Found the museum interesting, and we enjoyed the exhibits. We were able to see everything in about 90 minutes. Not sure I'd come back on my next visit to Helsinki unless they changed up their exhibits. Learned a few new things about Finland but wasn't really "wowed" by any single exhibit.
    Written 6 April 2022
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    This art museum is located in the iconic Tennispalatsi in Kamppi. On two floors, there are many different exhibitions which change regularly.

    On our visit, there was a new exhibition Gustafsson & Haapoja: Museum of Becoming. It consisted of three different parts: The Museum of Nonhumanity, Remnants, and Becoming.

    In my opinion, this new exhibition was very hard to understand. There have been better exhibitions.
    Written 7 July 2020
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  • OliwaVasicek
    London, UK467 contributions
    I really liked the museum grounds and building. We visited for Van Gogh although I must admit that was slight underwhelming as it mostly featured only his lithographs and early black and white sketches. Still worth the visit and I’d come back for other exhibitions.
    Written 15 November 2020
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  • AriHelsinki
    Helsinki, Finland4,747 contributions
    Aalto studio is a great place and an insight view to Aalto's life and work. This is more like architecture office house but perhaps more interesting is The Aalto House. I recommend these both. One hour visit/each.
    Written 25 February 2021
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  • leffex
    Pietarsaari, Finland2,427 contributions
    I have visited this museum many times, when they have some special exhibitions. This time I was here to see their own collections. The museum is owned and maintained by the association Föreningen Konstsamfundet. The museum is located in the apartment building Amos Anderson (1878–1961) had had built for himself in 1913. The building was posthumously converted into a modern museum. Amos Anderson Art Museum is known for its diverse and varying exhibition programme as well as for its extensive collection of modern art. Some rooms from Amos Anderson’s home as well as his private chapel are permanently on display.
    Written 6 February 2017
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    Villa Gyllenberg is an art museum in the beautiful and natural surroundings of Kuusisaari Island. It consists of the Gyllenberg family home and the adjoining gallery building.

    The ambient old villa was built in the middle of the 1900s by a successful banker Ane Gyllenberg and his wife Signe, who were eager art collectors.

    The house is full of artworks made by famous artists, mostly Finnish. Exhibitions on specific themes are held in the adjoining gallery.

    On our visit, there was an exhibition called The Path to Hidden Knowledge. The exhibition consisted of works by well-known Finnish artists like Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg, Helene Schjerfbeck, and Magnus Enckell.

    The museum has limited opening hours: 12-18 on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
    Written 6 October 2020
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    Moving from one apartment to another to acquire more space for his beloved paintings Juhani Kirpilä finally settled on the top floor by the Hesperia Park in Töölö. Colourful life portrayed by Finnish painters of the 20th century is the dominating feature of his collection which also includes older works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Ilja Repin. Kirpilä took early on care that his paintings would have a permanent home protected by the Cultural Foundation, which was fortunate as he passed away at the age of 57. Now his home is open free twice a week to "fuel the Finnish people's intrest in art".
    Written 2 March 2022
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    One of the galleries in the Old Church Park area is showing paintings from their permanent artists representing several techniques. Anna Tuori had an own exhibition recently from which some pictures remain, the large C-print by A.K.Dolven of two naked figures is from 2003 and sold now.
    Written 4 April 2021
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  • permia
    Ireland37,631 contributions
    It is a gorgeous building and interestingly one of the last surviving wooden constructs in Helsinki.

    Arriving at the gate and seeing the sign announcing that renovation work took place in 2015-2016 gave us hope that in September 2017 it was reopened, which concurred with what we read online.

    But it wasn't to be. No sign of anyone, staff or builders, around. But given that it's such a pretty former villa, we still rate it as very good.
    Written 27 September 2017
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    As a wealthy building developer Lauri Reiz was early on able to purchase what he liked focusing on the Golden Period in Finnish art. The collection spanning over 300 square meters on the top floor includes several Helene Schjerfbeck portraits, von Wright birds, two small Gallen-Kallelas and some Edefelts. Fine Meissen figurines are combined with the more rustic Finch ceramics manufactured by the Iris factory in Finland. Even the symbolist Hugo Simberg with his playful Devil has found a place in Reiz's home. Already 50 years ago his widow who had also lost their only son bequested the apartment with it's belongings to a foundation with the aim of a free museum with an expanding collection. This was made possible as Reiz owned the whole building and collected rent from 80 apartments.
    Written 2 March 2022
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    Pictorialism is the name given for early art photography from the turn of the 20th century when the artists tried to copy paintings with a romantic soft focus. The other current exhibition Impression remains goes even further back to the mediums origins with the techniques though the works of art are contemporary. "Feeling blue" by French Elodie Grethen is made in cyanotype on photosensitive fabric with her body's imprint on bedsheet.
    Written 16 April 2022
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