Taidepiste: Beauty

Does beauty have relevance in art or in life? Speakers for the February edition of Taidepiste include e.g. visual artist Anna Tuori and composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä.

What common views do we have about beauty and how do our views change? Does art have to be beautiful? Is art allowed to be beautiful? And how do we approach and value aesthetics in city surroundings and in our living environment?

The topic will be discussed by composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä, architect Teemu Kurkela, visual artist Anna Tuori and Professor of Art History and Theory Anita Seppä from Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. The discussion will be moderated by entrepreneur Anna Moilanen.

Due to the COVID situation, the event will be organised without a live audience. The discussion can be watched live on Uniarts Helsinki’s YouTube channel. High-quality recordings of the Taidepiste events are also available for later viewing on Youtube.

Taidepiste is Uniarts Helsinki’s event series, which explores social phenomena through multidisciplinary discussions and art experiences that are free and open to the public. The events are organised on weekday evenings about once a month in varying locations and live streamed on Uniarts Helsinki’s YouTube channel. High-quality recordings of the Taidepiste events are also available for later viewing on YouTube. The event series is sponsored by the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation. Read more about the Taidepiste event series.

More information about the guests

Teemu Kurkela is an architect and one of the founders of JKMM Architects. Kurkela is the principal designer of such buildings as Tanssin talo and Fyyri Library in Kirkkonummi, which won a Finlandia Prize for Architecture. Kurkela has worked as a teacher at the Department of Architecture at Aalto University, and he has contributed to the development of Finnish architecture through his work within the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA and the Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices ATL.

Anna Moilanen (entrepreneur, Open Flower) offers brainstorming and consultation services for cities, universities, foundations, businesses, unions, individuals and other operators. Anna is interested in new ideas, changes and utopias, which she also explores in her projects, such as the Wolf Festical which focuses on intimacy and the state of not being ready. She belongs to the six per cent of Finnish people who can be called “heavy consumers of culture”, as written by newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Osmo Tapio Räihälä is a composer of art music. He has focused mostly on instrumental music, and he has written several works for symphony orchestras, as well as concertos, chamber music and solo works. Räihälä’s compositions have been commissioned and/or performed by e.g. Gewandhausorchester, London Sinfonietta, most major Finnish orchestras and many musicians, and at numerous festivals – but the most important performance is always the next one.

Anita Seppä is professor of art history and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts. Seppä is known as a versatile expert in art theory and fine arts. Her research interests cover a broad range of issues, such as the relationship between globalisation and contemporary art, the borderlines of aesthetics, ethics and politics, art history, visual culture studies, methodology of art research, and aesthetics. She also serves as an adjunct professor in philosophical aesthetics at the University of Helsinki and in art education at the University of Jyväskylä.

Anna Tuori is a Finnish visual artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1997–2003 and at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1999–2000. Tuori was selected as the Young Artist of the Year in 2011. She was one of the Ars Fennica candidates in 2006, and in 2008, she was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award.


15.2.2022 at 17:30 – 19:00



Sörnäisten rantatie 19

00530 Helsinki


The Taidepiste events are free to attend and open to everyone.

Further information

You are welcome to listen to the discussion either in Mylly or online on the Youtube channel of the University of the Arts. We recommend using a face mask during the event.

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