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 [...]