Rauha Mäkilä (born 1980) is one of the most interesting Finnish painters today. Mäkilä’s works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA and the Wihuri Foundation.
Ateneum is one of my favourite museums. The building is beautiful, peaceful and historic, yet still fresh. The unbelievably multifaceted Alice Neel exhibition (10 June to 2 October 2016) is definitely worth seeing. Alice Neel (1900-1984) was one of the most influential American painters of the 20th century. The Stories of Finnish Art exhibition (18 March 2016 to 31 December 2020) in turn presents classics in a new light, and the fresh way in which the paintings are hung draws interesting parallels between Finnish and international masterpieces.
This classic shopping centre opened in 1965 in Itäkeskus and offers a refreshing change with its broad selection of shops. Cash Store and Fida are also filled with surprising second-hand finds. Next door is the Stoa Cultural Centre, which hosts a wide range of interesting events that are worth checking out. Stoa also houses the Itäkeskus Library, which has been one of my favourites places since childhood.
ART GALLERY TOUR
Most of Helsinki’s art galleries are closed in July but there are some exceptions, such as Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari, where a new Jesse Avdeikov exhibition will open in July. Helsinki’s cultural scene reawakens in August, when the rest of its art galleries reopen their doors. While visiting Huuto in Jätkäsaari you should also check out Sic and Forum Box. There are also many interesting galleries around the Old Church Park (Ruttopuisto) near the city centre, including Anhava, Helsinki Contemporary, Galleria Heino, Galerie Forsblom and Galleria Sinne. It’s also a plus, of course, that visiting art galleries is free of charge!
Forests, beaches, shopping centres and interesting people! Check out the restaurants at the Kontula shopping centre, visit Puotila Manor and stop by the Rio Café in Roihuvuori. And don’t forget the Kallahti swimming beach!