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So many exhibitions, so little time?

21.1.2019 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Header: Finnish National Gallery/Pirje Mykkänen

Here are some of the best ones, go check them out. For more, visit

František Kupka 22.2.-19.5.

The Czech artist František Kupka (1871–1957) 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. Kupka’s art has been described as “modern poetry of colour”. This major international exhibition covers the artist’s entire career, from the 1890s to the 1950s.

Ateneum Art Museum, Kaivokatu 2. Open Tue & Fri 10-18, Wed & Thu 10-20 and Sat & Sun 10-17. Tickets 15 €/13 €. Free with Helsinki Card.

Josef Frank -17.3.

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. Frank is an iconic figure whose oeuvre still defines our notion of post-war Nordic design. He began his career as a modernist but later went on to emphasise the importance of chance, impulses from history and different cultures and the adaptation of interior design to changing life. This exhibition at Design Museum illustrates Frank’s flexible and free conception of design.

Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23. Open Tue 11-20 and Wed-Sun 11-18. Tickets 12 €/10 €/6 €. Free with Helsinki Card.

There and back again 9.2.-24.3.

The collection exhibition on the third floor of Kiasma updates our view of contemporary art in the Baltic region, bringing together 26 artists from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Russia. Countries around the Baltic Sea are united by geography and history. The region is a point of confluence for many economic, political and cultural interests. Hansa towns, the Soviet Union, Via Baltica, a gas pipeline and nature protection have unified countries and people while also separating them.

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2. Open Tue 10-17, Wed-Fri 10-20.30, Sat 10-18 and Sun 10-17. Tickets 14 €/12 €. Free with Helsinki Card.

Gilbert & George -24.2.

Helsinki Art Museum HAM will presents Finland’s first-ever exhibition featuring the world-famous British artist-duo Gilbert & George. Sometimes called ‘a living sculpture’, the two artists not only pose as models in their photographic works, their deliberate mannered style and public appearances are a performance unto themselves. Gilbert & George not only make art, they are art.

Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8. Open Tue-Sun 11-19. Tickets 12 €/10 €, under 18 years 0 €. Free with Helsinki Card.

René Magritte – Life Line 8.2.-19.5.

For the first time in Finland, Amos Rex will be showing artworks by the Belgian surrealist famed for his pipe and bowler hat, René Magritte (1898–1967). 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 also take over the silver screen at the Bio Rex cinema.

Amos Rex, Mannerheimintie 22-24. Open Mon 11-18, Tue closed, Wed -Thu 11-20, Fri 11-18, Sat & Sun 11-17. Tickets 18 €/12 €/5 €. Free with Helsinki Card.

Fear -31.3.

What are the residents of Helsinki afraid of? How can you free yourself from your fears? Everyone is afraid of something – heights, violence or perhaps loneliness. Fear is essential for survival, a perfectly natural physiological state, yet it can also limit people’s lives and create a general sense of insecurity. Sometimes fears are also spread intentionally. In 2017, the residents of Helsinki were asked what they were afraid of. The responses showed that the fears of Helsinkians were related to things like the future, increasing inequality as well as potential illness and death, both one’s own and that of a loved one.

Helsinki City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16. Open Mon-Fri 11-19, Sat-Sun 11-17. Free entrance.

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