art - 23 November 2023

The Collection Exhibition of Saastamoinen Foundation is renewed

The concept of the exhibition featuring Saastamoinen Foundation’s Art Collection at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is being renewed. The exhibition will be renewed section by section, the first of which will open to the public on [...]

art - 2 November 2023

Jere Vainio and Kaija Hinkula to be awarded grants for alumni residencies

Jere Vainio and Kaija Hinkula, alumni of Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, have been selected to participate in alumni residencies in Scotland and New York. Vainio was selected for a four-month residency taking place in Scotland next [...]

art - 9 October 2023

Tiziano Cruz won the 10th ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art

Tiziano Cruz was announced as the 2023 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art on Saturday 16th September. Tiziano Cruz was revealed as the 10th winner of the prestigious prize during the ANTI Prize Party in Kuopio, Finland. [...]

uncategorized - 26 September 2023

Cooking Sections to Make IHME Helsinki Commission 2024

The artist duo Cooking Sections – Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe – will be making IHME Helsinki Commission 2024. Cooking Sections started in London in 2013 and since their inception they have been examining the systems that organise [...]

uncategorized - 4 August 2023

Academy of Fine Arts alumni: apply to the Rijksakademie Residency starting in Autumn 2024

Academy of Fine Arts alumni: apply to the Rijksakademie Residency starting in Autumn 2024! If a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts is selected to the Rijksakademie Residency, they will receive a grant from the International Incubators in Fine [...]

uncategorized - 10 May 2023

Key findings and solutions from Future Artpreneurship 2022-2023

Future Artpreneurship 2022-2023 was a project to sustain the creative sector over the long term through an innovative life wide learning model and solutions. It was a unique collaboration between different academic and cultural institutions in [...]

foundation - 2 May 2023

The Wallenberg Ecosystem – Active Ownership and Long-term Commitment

On Monday 24 April 2023, Saastamoinen Foundation and its partner Aalto EE hosted the Saastamoinen Foundation Keynote Lecture with Mr. Peter Wallenberg Jr., the Chair of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and several other family [...]

foundation - 20 April 2023

Saastamoinen Foundation supports Taimiteko – Seedling Action to increase carbon sinks by planting 30,000 saplings

4H organisation and Taimiteko – Seedling Action partners are once again employing hundreds of underage young people to plant hundreds of thousands of tree saplings around Finland – for a fifth consecutive year. Saastamoinen Foundation [...]

art - 3 April 2023

Saarinen, Kozieł-Kalliomäki and Gustafsson selected for alumni residencies in 2023

Visual artists for Jan van Eyck, LIFT and SPACE alumni residencies in 2023 have now been selected. Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts supports the internationalisation of its alumni and career advancement of visual artists in the form of [...]

art - 20 February 2023

The Finnish Cultural Foundation joins Saastamoinen Foundation as a supporter of the Finnish Painters project

The Finnish Painters project develops the international activities and visibility of Finnish painters, the openness of access to activities, support services for artists, and new contacts and operating models between artists and other actors in [...]

art - 31 January 2023

The Finnish debut of Pilvi Takala’s video installation Close Watch presented at EMMA

Pilvi Takala’s Close Watch (2022) takes a critical look at how power is exercised in public spaces through the private security industry. Premiered at the 59th Venice Biennale at the Pavilion of Finland, the video work now returns to the Finnish [...]

art - 21 December 2022

Hans Rosenström and Santtu Laine selected for the alumni residencies in New York and Scotland

The artists for the Scotland’s four-month residence in 2023 and New York’s six-month residence in 2024 have been selected. Santtu Laine was selected for the Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Scotland and Hans Rosenström for the [...]

art - 9 December 2022

Saastamoinen Foundation continues funding for the Finnish Painters project

The Finnish Painters project has received a grant of 20,000 euros from the Saastamoinen Foundation for the year 2023. The funding is a continuation of the grants awarded by the Foundation in 2021 and 2022. The project develops the international [...]

art - 3 November 2022

The finnishpainters website publishes 36 new artists

The finnishpainters website has published 36 new artists: Adamsson Erika, Aho Henna, Ala-Maunus Petri, Alaräihä Päivikki, Andersson Timo, Aurinko Roy, Autio Elina, Avdeikov Jesse, Elg Toni, Heiska Tiina, Hellberg Karoliina, Innanen Petra, Javén [...]

foundation - 31 October 2022

Business of Culture 2022-2023

Business of Culture is an Executive Program for Leaders in Arts and Culture in Nordic and Baltic.  Like any other sector, the cultural sector faces challenges because of today’s growing volatility and ambiguity. As a result, many cultural [...]

art - 28 September 2022

Hiwa K to make IHME Helsinki Commission 2023

The Kurdish artist and musician Hiwa K is to make a Helsinki version of his Chicago Boys: While We Were Singing, They Were Dreaming in the spring of 2023. This brings together people from different backgrounds, everyday experiences of [...]

art - 20 September 2022

Rijksakademie speed dating in Helsinki

Academy of Fine Arts graduate: are you planning to apply for the Rijksakademie residency in Amsterdam the Netherlands? Get feedback on your work and plans directly from Rijksakademie specialists on 28 and 29 September! Date and time:  Wednesday [...]

art - 19 September 2022

Latai Taumoepeau was announced as the winner of 2022 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art

Latai Taumoepeau was revealed as the 9th winner of the prestigious prize during the ANTI Prize Party in Kuopio, Finland. The 2022 shortlist comprised of four celebrated artists from across the globe: River Lin (Taiwan), Zinzi Minott(United [...]

art - 13 September 2022

Works from Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection on display at Espoo’s new Family Centre

Espoo’s first Family Centre has recently been opened in Espoon keskus. The new Family Centre brings under the same roof children’s, youth’s and family services. The City of Espoo commissioned art from EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art to the [...]

art - 25 August 2022

Saastamoinen Foundation Keynote 2022: Sonia Boyce

You are warmly welcome to attend Saastamoinen Foundation Keynote 2022 in Dance House Helsinki on Wednesday 14th September. This year, the Keynote will be given by artist, professor and researcher Sonia Boyce, winner of the Venice Biennale’s [...]

art - 25 August 2022

In Search of the Present, a group show at the crossroads of art and science, will open EMMA’s autumn programme 

In Search of the Present is a broad international exhibition of contemporary art that takes a profound look at our world, which is defined by technology and its impact on who we are. EMMA has invited 16 visionary contemporary artists to the [...]

foundation - 15 August 2022

In support of youth and peace building – Saastamoinen Foundation grants significant further funding for Gutsy Go

Saastamoinen Foundation continues as a key supporter of Gutsy Go. The foundation has awarded the non-profit organisation Gutsy Go ry a grant of 120,000 euros for the academic year 2022-23. Saastamoinen Foundation has been involved in supporting [...]

art - 4 August 2022

LIFT Announces Finnish visiting artist Britt Al-Busultan

Finnish Vaasa-based artist Britt Al-Busultan is joining The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) as a visiting artist from June 22 to September 15, 2022 as the second resident in the residency program for alumni of the Academy of [...]

art - 28 June 2022

Winner of Venice Biennale Golden Lion, artist Sonia Boyce to visit Helsinki in September

British artist, professor and researcher Sonia Boyce won the Golden Lion for best national participation at the Venice Biennale with her work Feeling Her Way. Boyce will visit the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts in [...]

art - 28 June 2022

Have a great summer!

Our office is closed from the 1st of July to 31st of July 2022. Painting: Mari Sunna, Four Winds, 2021 © Saastamoinen Foundation

foundation - 28 June 2022

Saastamoinen Foundation donates half a million euros to Uniarts Helsinki

Saastamoinen Foundation finds it important that Uniarts Helsinki’s research into education of artists is developed further, as it provides support for teaching. Saastamoinen Foundation, known for its support for Finnish art and science, is [...]

art - 13 May 2022

The Body Blow — Ilona Sagar’s artist talk and screening 30.5.2022

Ilona Sagar’s artist talk and screening of “The Body Blow” explore ideas of ‘acceptable bodily risk’ in the context of care, work and our health. Time: 30.5.2022 at 17.00 – 19.30 UTC+03 Place: Cinema Kino K13 Organizer: The [...]

art - 10 May 2022

Jeannette Ehlers’ hypnotic video work Black Bullets now on display at Touch exhibition

The three-part media art series of the Touch exhibition continues with Jeannette Ehlers’ impressive Black Bullets. The series of media works has been curated from works of the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection that deal with the human [...]

foundation - 6 May 2022

Felipe de Ávila Franco selected for the alumni residency at ISCP in New York 2023

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, in partnership with Saastamoinen Foundation, provides international opportunities and professional support for academy graduates in the form of residency grants. Our program partners are SPACE Art + [...]

art - 21 April 2022

Pilvi Takala and Pierre Huyghe announced as the next two artists to be featured in InCollection, a series of major exhibitions commissioned by EMMA and Saastamoinen Foundation

InCollection is a series of commissions and exhibitions co-produced by EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art and the Saastamoinen Foundation, one of Finland’s leading collections of Finnish and international art. Each year a visionary [...]

art - 19 April 2022

Kristin Wiking, Matti Harju and Ristomatti Myllylahti selected for alumni residencies 2022

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, in partnership with Saastamoinen Foundation, provides international opportunities and career support for academy graduates in the form of residency grants. Our programme partners are SPACE Art + [...]

art - 7 April 2022

Britain’s representative for the Venice Biennale, artist Sonia Boyce to visit Helsinki in September

British artist, professor and researcher Sonia Boyce will visit the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts ins September and hold a public Keynote lecture on 14 September 2022.   Sonia Boyce (b. 1962) is an award-winning, [...]

uncategorized - 8 April 2022

Keynote Lecture speaker Nicolai Tangen from the Norwegian Oil Fund: “The most defining moments are not personal”

On Thursday 24 March, Saastamoinen Foundation and its partner Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) hosted a Keynote Lecture with Nicolai Tangen, the CEO of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, as the speaker. The audience [...]

art - 23 March 2022

MFA grad­u­ate – apply for a res­i­dency at ISCP in New York

Academy of Fine Arts graduates may apply for the International Studio & Curatorial Program until 18 April 2022. Our residency programmes, aimed at the alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts, support post-graduate visual arts studies at [...]

art - 10 March 2022

Saastamoinen Foundation and Kone Foundation will be supporting IHME Helsinki’s work in 2023-25

The contemporary-art organization IHME Helsinki is pleased to announce that Kone Foundation and Saastamoinen Foundation have decided to support IHME Helsinki’s operations in 2023-25. IHME Helsinki is a contemporary-art-commissioning body that [...]

art - 8 March 2022

Saastamoinen Foundation is Frame’s main partner at the Venice Biennale: Pilvi Takala’s work will be exhibited at EMMA next year

Saastamoinen Foundation is Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s main partner in the Pavilion of Finland exhibition at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. Pilvi Takala’s video work Close Watch, which premieres at the biennale, will be shown at EMMA – [...]

uncategorized - 25 February 2022

Saastamoinen Foundation continues funding for the Finnish Painters project

Finnish Painters’ Union’s Finnish Painters project has received a grant of 20,000 euro from the Saastamoinen Foundation for the year 2022. The funding is a continuation of the grant awarded by the Foundation in 2021, which supported [...]

art - 16 February 2022

Fine arts alumni Iisa Lepistö selected for residency programme in Scotland

Artist for the Academy of Fine Arts alumni residency in Scotland 2022 have been selected. International residencies support the careers of our fine arts alumni. Residencies also create possibilities for encounters, discussion and creating [...]

art - 1 February 2022

Erkan Özgen’s Wonderland kicks off series of three media artworks at EMMA

This year the Touch exhibition, which showcases works from the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, presents a series of three media artworks. Wonderland (2016) by Erkan Özgen is the first of these works. The series is a part of the Listening [...]

art - 26 January 2022

Finland presents Close Watch by Pilvi Takala at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Close Watch, a newly commissioned video installation by Pilvi Takala, premieres at the Pavilion of Finland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, the [...]

art - 20 December 2021

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays! Let us hope that the new year will bring even more opportunities to enjoy beautiful art and support important science. Leena Luostarinen Kerameikos, 2001 Painting on canvas Picture: Matti Ruotsalainen © Saastamoinen Foundation [...]

art - 17 December 2021

Open call for a new alumni residency in Scotland 2022

In partnership with Saastamoinen Foundation and in collaboration with Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop, we now launch Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures, a new artists’ residency programme in Scotland focusing on making [...]

art - 26 November 2021

EMMA’s exhibition programme for 2022

In 2022 EMMA turns the spotlight toward visionaries of art and design under the theme Crystal Ball. The title is a metaphor for visions of things to come, creative dreams and artists’ knack for anticipating the future. The 2022 exhibition [...]

art - 26 October 2021

Chiharu  Shiota: Tracing  Boundaries -exhibition at EMMA

Chiharu Shiota’s labyrinth of yarn invites visitors on a journey into personal memories and hidden depths. The world-famous artist created her installation site-specifically for EMMA.   Tracing Boundaries by Chiharu Shiota (b. [...]

art - 10 September 2021

Ac/kademie lecture se­ries

Ac/kademie is a new discussion series that is broadcast alternately from the Jan van Eyck Academie and the Rijksakademie. Ac/kademie is a new series of conversations about art and artistic work. In the series, international artists discuss their [...]

art - 6 September 2021

IHME Helsinki Commission 2021 – Katie Paterson: To Burn, Forest, Fire

To Burn, Forest, Fire will consist of the scent of the first-ever forest on earth and the scent of the last forest of the age of climate crisis, made into incense and then burned across a variety of sites around the city of Helsinki in 1-30 [...]

art - 2 September 2021

Rijksakademie Residency 2022 / 2023 -Call for applications

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten invites applications from artists to develop their work over one or two-year periods in Amsterdam. The Rijksakademie houses a highly international, multi-disciplinary, experimental and critically engaged [...]

art - 24 June 2021

Have a great summer!

Our office is closed from the 5th of July to 8th of August 2021. Painting: Tanya Akhmetgalieva, 13 grams № 12, 2019 © Saastamoinen Foundation

foundation - 22 June 2021

Significant additional funding from the Saastamoinen Foundation for Gutsy Go

The Saastamoinen Foundation will support Gutsy Go, an awarded method that strengthens the inclusion of young people, with 100,000 euros during the school year of 2021-22. Thanks to the significant support, more and more young people will be able [...]

art - 22 June 2021

New work added to the Touch exhibition – Heiskuja, a documentary film about Outi Heiskanen and a selection of her artworks are on display at EMMA

New work added to the Touch exhibition – Heiskuja, a documentary film about Outi Heiskanen and a selection of her artworks are on display at EMMA  Touch presents a curated selection of works from the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. The [...]

foundation - 2 June 2021

The Saastamoinen Foundation provides significant funding for the 4H Association’s Taimiteko – Seedling Action project

The Saastamoinen Foundation provides funding for 15 hectares worth of seedlings to the Taimiteko – Seedling Action. In the Taimiteko – Seedling Action, the aim is to plant new carbon sinks and employ young people to plant the seedlings.  This [...]

art - 6 May 2021

Uniarts Helsinki re­ceives 1.5 mil­lion euros for broad­en­ing in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions in fine arts

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts has received a donation of 1,5 million euros from the Saastamoinen Foundation. The donation gives a boost to the international activities of the students and researchers in fine arts and the alumni of the [...]

art - 10 May 2021

IHME Commissions to take place in August-September

The contemporary-art commissioning agency IHME Helsinki will stage two new artworks in Helsinki’s public spaces in 2021. “This year, we are bringing to audiences two very special artworks tailor-made for IHME Helsinki that emphasise both sensing [...]

art - 11 May 2021

Opening in October 2021, the title of the fifth Festival of Political Photography is ‘Bird’s-Eye View’

What if a crow could take photographs? What kinds of photos would it take? What would the world look like through the eyes of a bird? Opening in October 2021, the title of the fifth Festival of Political Photography is ‘Bird’s-Eye View’. The [...]

art - 9 April 2021

EMMA’s collections are made accessible to everybody through the Finna search service

More than one thousand artworks will be digitally accessible when EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art joins the national search service Finna. Through EMMA’s Finna pages, you can get broadly acquainted with artworks and design objects in the [...]

art - 2 March 2021

Daniel Buren exhibition postponed until 2022 – EMMA to feature sculptor Aaron Heino’s solo exhibition in the coming summer

Due to the COVID-19 situation, EMMA has made changes to the exhibition schedule. The Daniel Buren exhibition planned for the coming summer will open in spring 2022. EMMA will feature Aaron Heino’s solo exhibition in the summer, instead. Some [...]

art - 28 October 2020

Eeva-Leena Eklund:) turns the notion of seriousness in painting upside down

Eeva-Leena Eklund is the first Finnish artist in the exhibition series by EMMA and the Saastamoinen Foundation, in which a work of art for the foundation’s collection is commissioned from a topically relevant contemporary artist. This year’s [...]

uncategorized - 28 October 2020

Newcomers to the collection exhibition – Biblion video installation, commissioned work by Maaria Wirkkala, Human and nature section

Touch exhibition displays the art collection of Saastamoinen Foundation. It has a central theme of humanity, and the different parts of the exhibition address the human relationship with the surrounding reality. The exhibition will see the [...]

art - 21 October 2020

Res­i­dent Fel­low Francesca Bertolotti-​Bailey is in­ter­ested in the po­lit­i­cal imag­i­na­tion of con­tem­po­rary art in­sti­tu­tions

Art institutions were more daring and experimental in the 1960s and the 1970s than they are today, says Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Resident Fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts. If the corporate world first imitates the art world, and the art [...]

art - 7 October 2020

Katie Paterson to create IHME Helsinki Commission 2021

IHME Helsinki is happy to announce that the artist Katie Paterson will create the second IHME Helsinki Commission in 2021. The new commission entitled To Burn, Forest, Fire will take place on numerous sites in Helsinki during summer 2021. Katie [...]

art - 29 September 2020

EMMA transformed into a car park in a new exhibition by Elmgreen & Dragset

EMMA’s new exhibition is an unprecedented takeover of the museum’s clean-lined modernist, concrete exhibition space. With new works made especially for this exhibition and a selection of iconic sculptures from their 25 years of [...]

art - 4 August 2020

IC-98’s new large-sized work draws a comparison between a hemp rope and society

Theses on the Body Politic (bind) continues a series of works by IC-98 started 16 years ago. In the video animation, the construction of society is compared with the transformations of a rope. The piece commissioned for the art collection of [...]

art - 28 June 2019

Have a great summer!

Our office is closed from the 1st of July to 2nd of August 2020. Painting: Eggert Pétursson, Untitled (Nordurland Tröllaskagi) © Saastamoinen Foundation

art - 9 June 2020

Video work Diamond Belly by Anni Puolakka on display at EMMA

Anni Puolakka’s work is on display in the media space of Touch exhibition. Staged as a conversation with an artificial intelligence chatbot, Diamond Belly explores love and companionship between a human artist, the bot and mosquitoes. The [...]

art - 14 May 2020

Alumni Britt Al-​Busultan, Yassine Khaled, Anssi Pulkkinen and Tiina Pyykkinen selected for residency programmes

Artists for the Academy of Fine Arts alumni residencies 2020 have been selected. International residencies support the careers of fine arts alumni. For many artists, an international residency that lasts for several months is an excellent [...]

art - 16 April 2020

Grants distributed by the Saastamoinen Foundation and the COVID-19 outbreak

The outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has rattled Finland and the entire world. This has lead to many changes in all sectors of our society. Many initiatives related to art, science and society supported by the Saastamoinen [...]

art - 5 February 2020

Video work by duo representing Brazil in Venice Biennale 2019 on display at EMMA

The media space of Touch exhibition, which presents Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, will showcase a video work by the successful artist duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca. Faz que Vai (Set to go) is a four-part video essay, where [...]

science - 14 April 2020

Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant gave toxicology teaching a boost

David Dorman is an experienced toxicologist whose arrival in Kuopio as a Fulbright-Saastamoinen grantee was a strike of luck for toxicology courses at the School of Pharmacy and at the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Due to [...]

art - 7 April 2020

Rowing Stadium to be the venue for Jana Winderen’s IHME Helsinki commission

The first IHME Helsinki Commission will be open to the public on August 7–25. The site-specific sound installation by the Norwegian artist Jana Winderen will be at the Rowing Stadium on Taivallahti Bay, Helsinki. The Rowing Stadium designed by [...]

art - 20 March 2020

Finnish foundations and ministry provide millions in emergency aid for cultural sector in distress

A number of large Finnish foundations, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and Arts Promotion Centre Finland are working together to grant swift assistance to arts and culture professionals who have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. [...]

uncategorized - 26 November 2019

Foundations strengthen leadership skills in the art and culture sector together with Aalto EE

The art and culture sector has been spurred on by global megatrends, changes in work and financial uncertainty to develop its leadership and business skills. The new Business of Culture program seizes the challenge in the Nordic and Baltic [...]

science - 25 November 2019

Thomas Hausmaninger wins Research Pitching Competition 2019

Eight early-career scientists pitched their research ideas at the Research Pitching Competition at Slush in Helsinki on Friday. The winner of the grand prize, the 100 000 euro Skolar Award grant, is Thomas Hausmaninger from VTT Finland. Large [...]

uncategorized - 18 November 2019

The internationally acclaimed  artist Chiharu Shiota will create a large spatial installation for EMMA in autumn 2021 

Since 2018, the collaboration between EMMA and Saastamoinen Foundation has seen works created by topically relevant international artists, tailored site-specifically for EMMA’s unique space. The fourth artist in the collaboration is Chiharu [...]

uncategorized - 4 November 2019

Leading expert on Latin American art Andrea Giunta to lecture in Helsinki 4.2.2020 – “What We Can or Cannot See in Latin American Art”

Researcher and curator Andrea Giunta, one of the most esteemed international experts in Latin American art, will arrive in Helsinki in February 2020 to give the Saastamoinen Keynote Lecture, organised by the University of the Arts Helsinki’s [...]

uncategorized - 21 October 2019

Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki hosts CrossSections_notes exhibition

Opening: Thursday, October 24, 5–8pm Curated by Basak Senova Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki hosts CrossSections_notes exhibition with 19 participating artists at Exhibition Laboratory. Developed and curated by Basak [...]