The Exhibition Laboratory of the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki is a multidisciplinary exhibition centre for students, scholars, artists, curators and other arts professionals as well as the wider public.
The Exhibition Laboratory of the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki is a multidisciplinary exhibition centre for students, scholars, artists, curators and other arts professionals as well as the wider public. It is devoted to the study and advancement of contemporary art and related arts and sciences. Its thematic programme of exhibitions, conversations, lectures and publications is intended to inspire new ideas and new exhibition forms, expanding the way we think about art and bringing vitality to its history and practice in the 21st century.
The MFA Degree Show Kuvan Kevät presents new works by approximately forty artists emerging from the painting, printmakig, sculpture and time and space arts study programmes at the Academy of Fine Arts. The artworks are displayed at the Exhibition Laboratory and in other spaces in Helsinki city centre.
The Exhibition Laboratory presents one student-curated exhibition annually. These take place in the Exhibition Laboratory gallery. They are organized by a group of graduate curator students from the Praxis Master's Programme in Exhibition Studies, and each reveals a fresh approach to contemporary art curating. Student curators plan an exhibition, determining the theme or the approach to the material, selecting the objects, writing related texts, planning the installation design, and organizing public programmes.
Project Room (Lönnrotinkatu 35)
The Project Series is an exhibition series that presents the work of student artists emerging form the Academy of Fine Arts. Experimental and innovative, the Project Series is intended to challenge and expand viewers’ ideas about art and art practice. The programme is directed by a representative body of academic faculty members from the Academy of Fine Arts.
An exhibition is a conversation that includes curators, artists and the public, and the Conversations series is intended to reflect this. Curators, artists and other interdisciplinary experts working in the arts and sciences will be invited to join the participants of the Open Exhibition Class Open City programme for an informal art-related discussion. These ‘Conversations’ will be unrehearsed, beginning with an element or aspect of a given exhibition that has struck one of the speakers. Students will be invited to listen and take part in the discussion, but not told to take notes. The aim is to advance students’ knowledge and learning ability in a relaxed, pleasurable way, through exposure to contemporary arts-related discussion. The Conversations are part of the exhibition and educational programme of the Academy of Fine Arts.
The Prognostics are lectures that focus on the new languages, models and forms that are being conceived by the latest generation of artists to respond to the urgent artistic, social and political questions we are presented with today. The Prognostics series is deeply intertwined with the Exhibition Laboratory, launched in 2015 by the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts. The series will explore new possibilities and potentials, bringing together participants from diverse fields, including art, music, activism, science, technology, literature and theory.
Public Lecture series is the most vital components of the Exhibition Laboratory, featuring an internationally-renowned curator, artist or scholar who is invited to present a topic related to contemporary art that is also of general interest to the public.
The Keynote Lecture series is one of the most vital components of the Exhibition Laboratory, featuring an internationally renowned curator, artist or scholar who is invited to present a topic related to contemporary art that is also of general interest to the public.
The Resident Fellow Program is the meeting point of the educational community – students and teachers – of the Academy of Fine Arts and the artists and writers in residence with the multitude of their creative practices. The program brings international artists and writers to undertake creative work in the proximity of the Academy community. It aims to support experimentation, reflection and discourse concerning arts and society.
The program is implemented in cooperation with HIAP, Helsinki International Artist Programme.
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