Galerie Anhava focuses on contemporary Finnish and Nordic art with an active role at the international level. The gallery was founded in 1991 and merged with Galerie Artek in 1997. The gallery’s exhibition program encompasses all forms of contemporary visual art, from painting and sculpture to photography, video and installation, with special emphasis on conceptual art. Galerie Anhava is one of the very few Finnish galleries actively involved in the international art world through participating in art fairs and creating an international network. Galerie Anhava has participated in e.g. Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Brussels, Art Hong Kong, ARCOmadrid, The Armory Show, Artissima, Chart and Market.
ILONA ANHAVA founded Galerie Anhava in 1991 and it soon became one of the leading galleries of contemporary art in Helsinki. During its first years, Galerie Anhava sought to provide a platform especially for emerging Finnish artists, and, on the other hand, the gallery also featured more established foreign artists who were not known in Finland. Over the years, many of the emerging artists who started with Galerie Anhava have become established names. Before founding Galerie Anhava, Ilona worked in Galerie Artek from 1981 to 1991. She was a member of the board from 1984 to 1991. She has a Master of Law degree (University of Helsinki, 1978), and she has also studied art history, aesthetics and literature. Ilona Anhava heads Galerie Anhava’s program, strategic planning, and artist and customer relations.