Kuvan Kevät 2018: A new generation of visual artists showcase their work in Helsinki

Kuvan Kevät, the degree show of the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, introduces works by 35 visual artists who are about to graduate from the Academy. The exhibition is organised at the Academy’s own galleries situated at the city centre as well as the former gallery space of the Amos Anderson Art Museum located in Yrjönkatu.

Kuvan Kevät presents a topical selection of art through which the participating artists express the ideas they have developed during their studies in a university of free art. The independent artistic thought processes of the graduating artists set the scene for a variety of perspectives, techniques and experimentation.

For the artists, the degree show represents a milestone in their journey towards professional artistry. For the visitors, on the other hand, the exhibition provides an opportunity to check the scene: what kind of art do these young visual artists produce, and who are the ones to keep an eye out for in the future? 

The Academy of Fine Arts is one of the most international institutions in Finland. This is also evident in the Kuvan Kevät exhibition, where a quarter of all artists participating in the degree show are international students. Painting is also particularly well represented in this year’s exhibition. 

The participating artists include: Milla Aska, Britt Al-Busultan, Susanna Autio, Hami Bahadori, Andreas Behn- Eschenburg, Mirza Cizmic, Ann-Sofie Claesson, Maiju Hukkanen, Matti Hyvönen, Riikka Hyvönen, Lasse Juuti, Tuuli Kerätär, Maria Kojonen, Tiina-Kaisa Korhonen, Essi Kuokkanen, Antti Kytömäki, Johanna Laakkonen, Jaakko Lahti, Christian Langenskiöld, Tuomas Linna, Kristiina Ljokkoi, Mikko Luostarinen, Katarina Meister, Brendan Moran, Anne Naukkarinen, Milla Norman, Sebastian Reis, Harriina Räinä, Hemmo Siponen, Laura Soisalon-Soininen, Enni Suominen, Annu Timonen & Kerttu Malinen (Aalto Arts), Retler Wader, Saska Ylätalo and Ksenia Yurkova

You can read about the final preparations of the degree show by visiting the Kuvan Kevät 2018 blog.The blog posts are written by three students, who share their thoughts and feelings about the preparations for the degree show and the public presentation of their work. 

Exhibition opening in the galleries on the 4th of May from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be opened by Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori, at the Exhibition Laboratory at 6 p.m.

Kuvan Kevät – The Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, 5/5–3/6/2018

Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36 C 
Project Room, Lönnrotinkatu 35
Former premises of the Amos Anderson Art Museum, Yrjönkatu 27

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.

Guided tours during the exhibition:
Sunday, May 5, at 2 o’clock p.m.: Art collector, Chairman of the Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts, Seppo Fränti

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Media representatives are welcome to visit the exhibition before the official opening!

More information:
Producer Anni Anttonen, anni.anttonen@uniarts.fi, 045 657 8746
Communications officer Henna Kontusalmi, henna.kontusalmi@uniarts.fi, 050 448 8530 (exhibition visits, interviews)

Press photos are available at www.uniarts.fi/kuvakuvan-kevät-2018

The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki is an international art academy with a focus on the visual arts. The Academy has trained visual artists since 1848, and it is the only art institution of its kind in Finland. The Academy provides high-quality education in sculpture, moving image, painting, time and space studies, printmaking and photography, and in addition to teaching, it is also at the vanguard of artistic research. The Academy of Fine Arts is part of the University of the Arts Helsinki together with the Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy Helsinki.