Pertti Kekarainen, Jorma Puranen and Santeri Tuori at Kunstahalle Helsinki

Works by Pertti Kekarainen, Jorma Puranen and Santeri Tuori are on view at Kunstahalle Helsinki, as part of the New Perspectives Through Photography – 25 years of the Helsinki School exhibition, running through 31 October 2021.

The group show features 28 artists representing six generations, all evolving from the Helsinki School, the internationally acclaimed Finnish art phenomena. The exhibition celebrates how ideas can be transformed through a shared collective dialogue. It combines new works and installations juxtaposed with historical pieces that exemplify how this unique educational platform has opened up new perspectives on how we experience photography. 

Watch Jorma Puranen’s and Santeri Tuori’s interviews here.

Image: Jorma Puranen, Black Snow: The 1968 Thule nuclear disaster, 2021

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A series of murals designed by Jorma Hautala completed in Järvenpää

The first part of a series of murals designed by artist Jorma Hautala and realised by young artists has been finished in Järvenpää to celebrate the city’s 70th anniversary year. The murals, Forte and Crescendo, were executed as a master-student process, in which four artists, Heidi Katajamäki, Aleksi Liimatainen, Ilkka Iijalainen and Aku Aalto, participated in the completion of the work under the guidance of Hautala. The two remaining ones, Rubato and Staccato, will be finished 2022.

Representing colorist concreteism, the works complement the walls of Wärtsilänkatu’s 1960’s buildings. The murals are located at the north and south ends of two of the houses. The apartment buildings that serve as the basis of the mural are in residential use. When finished, Järvenpää’s mural complex is the largest in Finland, consisting of four apartment buildings, with a total size of more than 1000 m2.

Photo: Ilkka Vuorinen | Upeart

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Jacob Dahlgren in Paradise Kortrijk

Jacob Dahlgren participates in Paradise Kortrijk, an international triennal for contemporary art in Belgium, taking place until 24 October 2021.

32 contemporary artists were selected to present their own interpretation of the Paradise concept. Among the participating names are Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jeremy Deller, Kendell Geers, Ugo Rondinone, Yoko Ono, fashion designer duo Viktor&Rolf, scenographer Albert Dubosq and choreographer William Forsythe, among others.

The artists were given the freedom to express a personal and critical view about how they see and interpret the utopian dream of paradise. The project was born out of an urgency to respond to the current atmosphere that is seemingly miles away from a hopeful, positive and utopian one.

Installation view: Jacob Dahlgren, The Wonderful World of Abstraction, 2021. Photo: Mathieu Van de Sompe

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Elina Merenmies at the Helsinki Cathedral Crypt

Elina Merenmies takes part in the group exhibition Pyhä, on display until 25 July 2021 at the Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral. The exhibition poses questions such as what is holy and how one is touched by it. Each of the contemporary artists has addressed the theme of holyness in their work. For Merenmies religion, holy figures and places are an important source of inspiration, and she views them both as a painter and through the Orthodox tradition.

Anne-Karin Furunes at Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum

Anne-Karin Furunes’s works are on view at Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim, Norway, until 15 August 2021. The exhibition Plissé explores some of the hidden stories inside art history by bringing the monumental portraits by Furunes in dialogue with Delphos, an iconic silk gown from the museum’s own collection.

The dress Delphos, made in 1907 in Venice, was considered one of the most important creations of fashion designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949). The pleating machine that made the dress possible was actually invented by his wife, Henriette Nigrin. In later years it was revealed that she was also the designer of Delphos.

Furunes is known for her monochrome portraits of individuals who have been marginalized, forgotten or silenced in the history. From Fortuny’s archives she found photos of anonymous women who wove his textiles. Of these photos she has recreated portraits using her own perforating technique, highlighting the life and craft of the women and unraveling the stories behind the genius-myths of art history.

Photo: Plissé, Anne-Karin Furunes, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum / Stiftsgården | Photo: Freia Beer

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Heini Aho in Tammisaari

Heini Aho participates in summer exhibition Oasis by Pro Artibus Foundation in Tammisaari, running until 5 September 2021. Oasis spreads out across the town, popping up in public places and redefining the city’s green spaces. The exhibition asks: What does the garden say about us? What do we want to use it to say? And how do we live together with the greenery that surrounds us?

On a small pier Aho’s new site-specific installation A Poem by a Plumber directly addresses the sea surrounding it. An underlying idea is giving the sea a chance to show a side other than the familiar, horizontal, rippling surface that reflects the sky and the heavenly bodies. Aho takes the sea for what it is: water. Using a water pump and various types of pipes, gutters, nozzles and mechanical parts she constructs a stage for the sea to show off its raiment. The work is a tribute to lazy, listless summer days when we let the wind and weather decide what is to happen.

Image: Heini Aho, A Poem by a Plumber, 2021, water pump, iron, copper, brass, porcelain, enamelled containers, hand towel, textile, salt and seawater | Photo: Ahmed Alalousi

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Cavén, Dahlgren, Fridfinnsson, Furunes, Hiltunen, Kekarainen, Koskinen, Merenmies, Rannikko and Rantanen at Ars Nova

Works by Kari Cavén, Jacob Dahlgren, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Anne-Karin Furunes, Heli Hiltunen, Pertti Kekarainen, Anne Koskinen, Elina Merenmies, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko and Silja Rantanen, among others, are on view at Aboa Vetus Ars Nova museum, Turku, from 9 June until 26 September 2021. The Heart open to art. Niemistö Collection in Turku exhibition presents a wide selection of works from the notable Niemistö Collection, which is a private, constantly accumulating collection of contemporary art, deposited in the Hämeenlinna Art Museum.

Image: Anne-Karin Furunes, Mea Culpa 3, Blue Series, 2010, acrylic on canvas, perforated, 224x160cm

Marko Vuokola in Diversity United at Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin

Marko Vuokola takes part in Diversity United, a contemporary, transnational art exhibition taking place at Flughafen Tempelhof in Berlin between 9 June – 19 September 2021. At the old airport hangar Vuokola presents his work The Seventh Wave – Flora (Sharpen).

The works of around 90 established and emerging artists from 34 countries, including Olafur Eliasson, Aslan Goisum, Mona Hatoum, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Alicja Kwade, Roman Ondak, Wolfgang Tillmans and Erwin Wurm, reflect the phenomenal diversity and vitality of Europe ́s contemporary art scene. Diversity United sheds light on themes such as freedom and democracy, migration and territory, political and personal identity, utopias and fears, which also revolve around the current pandemic. The exhibition reflects the complexity of the European idea and its social realities in a globalized world, underlining the value of cross-cultural conversation.

Europe thrives because of its artistic and cultural diversity. It is the artists who show us how to overcome existing borders in order to explore common ground. In a particularly striking manner, the exhibition ‘Diversity United’ encourages us to think about these things”, Hermann Parzinger, President of the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage says.

Image: Marko Vuokola, The Seventh Wave – Flora (Sharpen) in Diversity United, Flughafen Tempelhof Berlin | Photo: Silke Briel / © Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur, Bonn

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Karoliina Hellberg at Amos Rex

Karoliina Hellberg takes part in Between Us group exhibition at Amos Rex museum, Helsinki. The exhibition is now open and on display until 5 September 2021. 

Between Us presents works that were born when artists Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen were given free rein to create new art for areas outside of the exhibition hall, within the museum and Bio Rex cinema. These site-specific works were born out of a dialogue with the architecture of the museum, the Lasipalatsi building and their chronological strata. This study of spatiality took the artists into the realms of frantic consumer culture, a rewilding post-human world and parallel realities.

The exhibition features two installations by Hellberg. In her works, she examines the relationships between art, viewer and space. The worlds of paintings and works on paper extend beyond the frame to works in glass, stone and bronze, lithographed wallpaper, and for the first time to moving images as well. The installation Low-Pressure, which plays with the scale of the cinema, is made up of works on paper hanging on the premiere wall and a cine film showing on a small screen. In an installation in the underground exhibition space, Hellberg ponders the idea of the afterlife and parallel realities.

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Grönlund-Nisunen on view in Beijing

The artist duo Grönlund-Nisunen takes part in WAVELENGTH: At the Moment group exhibition at Times Art Museum in Beijing, China. The exhibition is on view until 14 June 2021 and will later tour to Chengdu and Chongqing.

18 contemporary artists from different cultural and artistic backgrounds have been invited to create an interactive, unprecedented exhibition experience, transforming the site “into a junction point between time, space and reality”, with art as a medium of connection. The viewer becomes a “time traveler”, shuttling between different exhibition scenes that has been divided into four tenses: Past Future, Present Continuous, Present Simple and Future Continuous.

“Time is eternal, while space has no boundary. As the connection point of the two, people connect time and space together, and generate the spark of thought and philosophical meditation”, says curator Zhao Yan.

The works displayed from Grönlund-Nisunen are 24 Hours (2005), Lines and Circles (2007) and Pneumatic Cloud (2007/2021).

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Santeri Tuori on view in Mänttä and Clervaux

Santeri Tuori’s partly retrospective solo show Posing time is on view at Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä until 6 March 2022. In his photographs and video works Tuori examines the dimensions of time and nature, breaking up images into parts and reassembling them by combining the elements into a harmonious whole. A single image, like condensed time, is constructed of pictures taken over a long period. In addition images of nature, the exhibition includes a series of moving portraits. Some of the works of the exhibition are now seen for the first time in Finland. 

In Clervaux, Luxembourg, Tuori’s works from series Forest and Sky are on view until 25 March 2022. Clervaux – cité de l’image is an organisation dedicated to the medium of contemporary photography. The images are hung in large scale under the open sky, spreading all over the town and its gardens. “Santeri Tuori’s photographs seem like pictures from a parallel world, a universe which underlies the law of time while moving and existing outside of human paradigms.” (A. Meyer)

Also, Tuori’s photobook Time is No Longer Round  has been nominated as the finalist for Photobook Award of the year award by Association of Photographic Artists and the Finnish Museum of Photography.

Image: Sky 7, 2012, 55,5 x 45 cm, pigment print mounted under acrylic

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Antti Laitinen’s new public art work completed in Jyväskylä

Viivasto, a new public art work by Antti Laitinen has been completed in Ruusupuisto, Jyväskylä. The installation was commissioned by the City of Jyväskylä.

The materials used in the work are geometric grids of steel mesh panels and planted rowan trees, standing out against light elements. Seen from the air, the elements form a cross resembling a marking on a map. In autumn and winter, when the trees are bare, the work resembles a reduced line drawing, forming new patterns depending on the direction of the viewer. In spring, when the trees are in bloom, the work gets a colorful canopy. In summer and autumn, during the rowan berry season, it provides shelter and food for birds.

“The key elements of the work are playing with two- and three-dimensionality, the contrasts of light and shadow, and the juxtaposition of natural and controlled growth,” says Laitinen. “In the beginning rowans are still quite delicate, but over the years they grow and strengthen, so the ratio of the trees to the grid is constantly changing.”

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Tor Arne’s exhibition postponed

Tor Arne’s solo exhibition, planned to open next week, has  been postponed and will take place next year. The replacing programme will soon be announced, and meanwhile our current exhibition Silja Rantanen: Tesserae will be extended for one more week, until 21 March.

Image: Tor Arne, Painting 11, 2015-2018, oil pastel on paper, 40 x 55 cm

Hreinn Fridfinnsson at WAM

Hreinn Fridfinnsson takes part in Uncertain Horizon group exhibition at WAM Turku City Art Museum, on view until 16 May 2021. 

The exhibition observes the changing sea around us and the emotional states reflected by it. Responsibility, consequence, vulnerability and the co-existence of humans and nature are examined through the works of contemporary international and Finnish artists. What we see in the horizon and under the rippling surface depends on the choices we make today. Things that we have taken for granted might become uncertain in the future.

WAM accepts limited number of visitors at a time. Exhibition visits need to be booked in advance.

Image: Hreinn Fridfinnsson, I have seen the sea through my tears | Courtesy of Museum Centre of Turku

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Grönlund–Nisunen’s new public art installation completed in Kalasatama

Triad, a new public art work by Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen has been completed in Kalasatama Comprehensive School, Helsinki. The work, commisioned by HAM Helsinki Art Museum, is a colourful light installation embedded into the wall of the school cafeteria.

The installation consists of three circles, created with LED strips with regularly changing colours, studying possible corresponds between musical triads and the tricolour combinations. The seven-colour palette, based on the ideas of physicist Sir Isaac Newton, can be seen as similar to the octave in Western music, which includes seven whole tones.

“Many of our works involve randomness, which is often based on natural phenomena, such as the fluctuations in radioactive background radiation. Even if its average stays constant, there may be vast variations within a short period of time. The works have a life of their own within specifically set threshold values for the works’ control systems. What’s fascinating about randomness is that, despite our rational efforts, life is always random in the end,” the artists say.

Photo: HAM / Kirsi Halkola

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Kari Vehosalo at Sara Hildén Art Museum

Kari Vehosalo’s extensive retrospective exhibition at Sara Hildén Art Museum opened last weekend and is on view until 23 May 2021. The exhibition occupies the whole museum, offering a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre so far.

Kari Vehosalo’s art is rooted in reality and based on a critical examination of it. The imagery of the history of art, the concepts of philosophy and psychology and the facts and fictions of Hollywood all constitute starting points for Vehosalo’s works. At the heart of it are light and darkness and the beauty and terror of being.

In Vehosalo’s paintings, technical skill is combined with an imagery of cool beauty, in which a monochromatic palate lends a distancing effect to images of reality depicted with photographic exactitude. In his pictures he tends to place some disturbing element that shatters our sense of familiarity and security – and thereby summons up questions. For him art means above all deliberation.

A richly illustrated book containing articles by the philosophers Sanna Tirkkonen and Juha Varto is published in conjunction with the exhibition, and is also available at Galerie Anhava.

YLE interviewed Vehosalo right before the opening of the exhibition. Watch the video here (the interview is in Finnish).

Photo: Sakari Piippo

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Jussi Niva at Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne

Jussi Niva takes part in Sculptural.Painting. group exhibition at Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne, on view until 6 March 2021. The thematic group exhibition is formed around the work of Niva, the winner of Art Matters Open Call last April, and highlights artistic processes that address a hybridisation of painting and sculpture.

“With a deliberate focus on wall-based works, we present sculptural forms in which the boundaries between painting and sculpture are explored, blurred and suspended. Because these objects, while possessing dimensional qualities, inhabit the wall, a place traditionally occupied by painting, they reference painting yet function beyond it.”

Image: Jussi Niva, Innermost, 2018, oil on board | Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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Galerie Anhava viewing room launched

Galerie Anhava is happy to launch its online viewing room – a platform that offers the viewer an online experience of our exhibitions, artists and their work. 

We welcome you to have a look at the ongoing exhibition and browse the recent works by artist Jani Hänninen, as well as a collection of graphic prints and unseen paper works. Read more about the methods behind Hänninen’s artistic work from Odd One Out – Inner flow, a text by Aleksandra Oilinki based on discussions with the artist, and have a glimpse at one of the artist’s many notebooks, filled to the brim with sketches and drawings.

Enter the viewing room:

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Mari Sunna at Galerie Burster in Karlsruhe

Mari Sunna’s solo exhibition Passed is on display at Galerie Burster in Karlsruhe until 24 April 2021.

“Just like us and our various states of mind themselves, her (Sunna’s) figures simply exist and yet reveal something that goes beyond the actual motif and tells us so much more than what we see. They seem incredibly close to us – in times of digital communication culture, when we long for real, authentic feelings – and especially today, in a moment when everything that used to be ‘normal’ has suddenly passed away, a moment when physical closeness is indefinitely disrupted by closures and social distance bans.” 

Image: Servant, 2020, oil on canvas, 41 x 41 cm

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Visiting Galerie Anhava

From 14 January on, we are again open according to our regular opening hours, Tuesday–Friday 11 – 17 and Saturday–Sunday 12 – 16.

To guarantee a safe visit to all, please note that we limit the number of visitors to 5 persons at a time, and require our visitors to wear a face mask. We have hand sanitizer and masks available at the gallery.

We kindly ask that you keep safe distances and maintain hand hygiene when visiting the gallery. Please refrain from visiting the exhibition if you are feeling even slightly ill. 

If you would like to visit the exhibition privately, please contact us at galerie(at) or +358 9 669 989.

We wish you a pleasant and safe visit!


Image: Jani Hänninen, installation view
Photo: Jussi Tiainen

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