About the Gallery

Galerie Anhava focuses on contemporary Finnish and Nordic art with an active role at the international level. The gallery was founded in 1991 by Ilona Anhava 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 committed to the long-term representation of its emerging, mid-career and more established artists with the aim of being part of a dialogue between artists, institutions and audiences.

Since the late 1990s the gallery has actively taken part in international art fairs, such as Art Basel, The Armory Show, Art Basel Miami Beach, Paris Photo, Fiac,Chart and Market. In 2019 Hanna Huitu became the CEO of the gallery as Ilona Anhava retired to the role of senior advisor and board member of the gallery.

Opening hours

Tuesday–Friday 11–17
Saturday–Sunday 12–16

Contact

tel +358 9 669 989
galerie (at) anhava.com

Staff

HANNA HUITU has been with the gallery since 2003. Since 2019 she has been the gallery’s CEO. 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).

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 retired from her position as Galerie Anhava’s CEO in Spring 2019 to serve as a senior advisor and a board member of the gallery.

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.

OONA LATTO started as a Communications Coordinator at Galerie Anhava in 2020. She holds a Master of Arts degree in art education (University of Jyväskylä) while having also studied art history, museology and cinema studies (Stockholm University). Her background is in the fields of art, culture and fashion, having previously worked as a gallery manager, curator, store manager and exhibition guide. She has also written a culture blog since 2015. At the gallery Oona is responsible for communications and social media presence.

ALEKSANDRA OILINKI has been part of the gallery staff from 2016 and is at the moment in charge of the gallery’s digital development project. She has a Bachelor’s degree in art history (University of Helsinki), and is currently writing her Master’s thesis on socialist monuments in Helsinki. Apart from art history, museology and cultural policy, Aleksandra has previously studied and worked in the field of South East European cultures, arts and language.

Visiting the gallery

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have compiled instructions to make the gallery visit as safe as possibleThank you for taking others in consideration and welcome to experience art safely! 

We limit the number of visitors to 10 at a time.  

We require everyone to wear a face mask. Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks are provided at the gallery. 

We kindly ask you to keep a safe distance to other customers and staff members. 

If you’re feeling the slightest ill, please postpone your visit to another time. 

It is also possible to book a private visit in our gallery. Please contact: galerie (at) anhava.com 

 

Accessibility 

Galerie Anhava is a partially accessible space. There is a threshold between the entrance and the sidewalk, followed by 4 steps with a handrail on one side. 

The downstairs exhibition space can only be reached by stairshandrail on one side, followed by a threshold. 

Accessible entrance to the gallery is located in the inner yard. Please call the gallery at your arrival for assistance: +358 9 669 989