Photo: Petri Summanen

Exhibition programme of autumn 2017 at the Academy of Fine Arts

Painting plays a predominant role in the upcoming exhibitions this autumn. The exhibition programme celebrates Finland's centennial independence, and the Prognostics lectures discuss art and deeds characterised by the theme of friendship.

In addition to the changing exhibitions, Exhibition Laboratory is a quick-moving place for events. Live performances, talks by artists, researcher visits, and screenings will be added to the programme in the course of the season. Students' works will be displayed on streets and market squares and in other surprising spaces and situation

Take tram number one to Exhibition Laboratory

Exhibition Laboratory, the spacious 700-m2 exhibition space of the Academy of Fine Arts in Merimiehenkatu, is accessible via tram number one.

Until 10 September, the Exhibition Laboratory is hosting Deutsches Lager and other Post Doc Stuff with art by postdoc researchers. The Deutsches Lager project, put on by the Poetic Archaeology group, comments on the debate regarding Finland's recent history with artistic research on the wartime German recreation and transition camp in Hanko. The exhibition also includes Petri Kaverma's Kirstu – norsunluutornista galleriaan (Coffin - from an ivory tower to a gallery), a work on the images of death and their (r)evolution. The gallery's second floor houses Jyrki Siukonen's Sillan kuvaus (Description of a bridge).

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Exhibition is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the artists of the future as they begin their professional careers. The exhibition features 21 young artists presenting their artistic thinking through their bachelor's degree projects. What topics and ways of expressions have the young artists tackled? See for yourself starting on 22 September.

Opening on 25 October, the Constellations exhibition will examine the art of painting. From 8 to 9 November, the exhibition will be accompanied by an international symposium on Conversations in Light and Dark with artist Terry Winters serving as the keynote speaker.

The last exhibition of the autumn season of the Exhibition Laboratory is Laboratory of Independence, which is part of the Finland100 jubilee year programme. The student group behind the exhibition travelled across Finland to meet ordinary people and asked them about their thoughts on a variety of topics, including independence and everyday life. The fieldwork was directed by two artists known for their art projects with various communities, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, both currently visiting professors at the Academy of Fine Arts. Opening just in time for the Finnish independence-day jubilee celebrations, the exhibition looks past the pompous phrases at what is actually taking place in the Finland of 2017.

Degree exhibitions in the Project Room

The Project Room will mainly feature Master of Fine Arts degree projects. In addition to painting, the projects will also discuss ecology and the means of exercising power in storytelling, among other topics.

Displayed until 13 September, Liisa Karintaus and Anniina Vainionpää's joint exhibition shows paintings and prints of natural phenomena and sceneries, topics of interest shared by Karintaus and Vainionpää. On the weekend of 16–17 September, the Eva+Pihta team takes over the gallery with the project Paino. On Saturday evening, the gallery is open to all and features installations, moving images, drawings, and performances. The Sunday workshop from 13:00 to 17:00 will explore weight and pressure as means of increasing body consciousness. Various tools and instruments will be applied.

Lectures and events

The common thread for the autumn 2017 Prognostics lectures is friendship. The lectures will discuss art and artistic agency which is not determined by ownership. The lecture series will be launched on 4 October by the Greek performance artist Gigi Argyropoulou. The three other lectures will take place at 18:00 on Wednesdays in October and November. The Prognostics lectures are sponsored by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

For the third time, KuvA Research Days will assemble members of the public interested in artistic research to learn about and discuss current topics with domestic and international guest speakers. The three-day event takes place in the Exhibition Laboratory from 11 to 13 December.

The highlight of the season, Academy of Fine Arts students' Christmas bazaar, will run from 15 to 17 December.

Remember Tasku, too!

The Tasku Gallery is located on the third floor of the Academy of Fine Arts premises in Vallila. It is open on weekdays and features both independent student projects and course exhibitions.

The exhibition spaces of the Academy of Fine Arts are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 if not mentioned otherwise. The programme is subject to change.

Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36
Project Room, Lönnrotinkatu 35
Tasku Gallery, Elimäenkatu 25, 3rd floor