staff

Ilona Anhava
Founder, Owner
Hanna Huitu
Director
Päivi Lappalainen
Exhibition & Communications
Coordinator (on maternity leave)
Ulla-Maija Pitkänen
Exhibition Coordinator
Saara Karhunen
Communications Coordinator
Aleksandra Oilinki
Gallery Assistant




Installation view from Galery Anhava
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 that is 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


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.

Hanna Huitu


Hanna Huitu has been with the gallery since 2003. Previously she has worked at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the City of Espoo. Hanna holds the following degrees: M. Soc. Sci. Political Science (University of Helsinki, 2011), MA Electronic Photojournalism (University of Art and Design, 2004) and BA (Hons) Photography (University of Derby, UK, 2000). Hanna has also studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (1999) and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2002). Hanna is responsible for the gallery's exhibition and art fair production, financial administration, as well as for the strategic planning and the artist relations together with Ilona Anhava.

Päivi Lappalainen


Päivi Lappalainen is responsible for producing the gallery's exhibition and art fair projects. She also coordinates Galerie Anhava's communications and manages online presence. Päivi has a Master's degree in art history (MA, University of Helsinki, 2010) and a Bachelor's degree in communications and marketing (BBA, Haaga University of Applied Sciences, 2004). Before joining the team in 2014, Päivi worked with exhibition and event production, communications and content creation in the field of visual arts, e.g. in Frame, Vantaa Art Museum and Forum Box, as well as in freelance and project assignments in various art organizations.

Saara Karhunen


Saara Karhunen is responsible for Galerie Anhava's communications and manages the gallery's online presence. Saara has worked part-time at the gallery starting from spring 2018. She also works as a Residency Programme Manager at HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme. Saara holds a Master of Arts degree in Art History (University of Helsinki, 2011). Previously she has worked as a Coordinator at Checkpoint Helsinki and at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and as an independent producer and writer.

Ulla Pitkänen


Ulla Pitkänen has joined the team in 2017 and works with the gallery's exhibition production and financial matters. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Praxis Master's Programme in Exhibition Studies (University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts, 2016) and a Bachelor's degree in textile design (Sydväst University of Applied Sciences, 2004). Ulla-Maija has previously worked as an exhibition coordinator and administrator at contemporary art spaces in Turku and Helsinki. She is also a member of the curator group P14 who have been organising exhibition programmes for Kallio Kunsthalle and Oksasenkatu 11.

Galerie Anhava
Galerie Anhava