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EXHIBITION The year 2014 will mark the centenary of the birth of designer Ilmari Tapiovaara. In honour of the event, Design Museum will stage an extensive exhibition of Tapiovaara’s work. The theme is considered in particular from the perspectives of the social responsibility of the designer and sustainable development.
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OUR SHOPPING Closeness to nature and DIY culture influence Helsinki’s shopping scene. Craftsmanship becomes a trend once in every generation, and that is the time when Grandma’s tips come in handy. With self-made products or those produced by local artisans you can make sure there is quality in both the materials and the design. Upcycling, recycling and re-making are part of the culture of ecological and ethical values in today’s urban Helsinki.
EXHIBITION A group of Finnish fashion designers are designing a swimwear collection for Monokini 2.0. The swimwear collection is modeled by women who have gone through breast cancer. The collection will be also exhibited in a performative catwalk venue. The artistic director of Monokini 2.0 is the art duo Tärähtäneet ämmät / Nutty Tarts. The original idea is by Elina Halttunen (PhD), the woman with one tit.
TO DO&SEE Helsinki is a great city for cycling and by bicycle you get to see many things that otherwise are unaccessible. Many people in Helsinki cycle to work all year around. Helsinki has an over 1,000 km of bicycle paths.
EXHIBITION Is there a place for unstaged photography in art?
EXHIBITION “Sæbjörnsson is witty, ingenious and deep, all in one. He makes us confused and surprised and leads us to pose ontological questions, and does so in a way that both he and we enjoy. ”
EXHIBITIONS Art, design and fashion will get together at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma for an exhibition entitled Together. Organized by Marimekko and Kiasma, the exhibition will explore new forms of interaction between designers, the visual arts and the public.
TO DO&SEE On the cruise you will get to see the most beautiful shorelines in Helsinki and many fabulous sights, including the historic Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island, the impressive fleet of icebreakers and – of course – Degerö Canal. Along the way you will also hear about Helsinki’s fascinating history.
EXHIBITION This exhibition by Finnish artist Paul Osipow continues his examination in recent years of classic themes depicting ancient architecture. He has explored the temple ruins at Didyma and Hierapolis in Turkey and at Olympia in Greece. Osipow´s photographs of the walls, columns, decorative motifs, passages and courtyards of the temple ruins form the source material from which he outlines motifs and makes sketches. The final artworks more or less resemble their geneses: they are modified and revised, amplified and reduced.
TO DO&SEE If computers and game consoles make your heart race faster this is the place for you. Interesting collection from a private collector who has a vision to preserve as much gaming machine and computer history as possible for future generations to marvel at. Free entrance.
RESTAURANTS If you would like to join the locals for having a solid, charming meal at noon, here are our favorite lunch places:
EXHIBITION What do you know about the clothes you are wearing? How often do you buy brand new clothes? Where are the clothes made and at what price?
TO DO&SEE Combine two beautiful sightseeing experiences and enjoy the best of Helsinki on land and at sea.
TO DO&SEE The Harakka island just off the coast of Helsinki offers visitors an attractive blend of history and rich archipelago nature.
ART EXHIBITIONS Maaria Wirkkala’s exhibition marks an early appropriation of the space in the Tennis Palace where Helsinki Art Museum is set to extend its galleries next year.
EXHIBITIONS The WeeGee Exhibition Centre has acquired the first ever mass-produced Futuro house (no. 001), which was owned by Matti Kuusla from summer 1968 to autumn 2011 and located in Hirvensalmi. The Futuro, exposed to the elements for over 40 years, has been carefully restored and then brought to WeeGee’s courtyard.
EXHIBITIONS In Helsinki many small museums offer free entrance. In addition to this, the larger museums are free to visitors on certain days of the week, or at certain times.
TO DO&SEE Pihlajasaari is a former villa island that is now a versatile outdoor recreation area. It still has a few old villas set amongst rocks, wooded areas, groves and beaches.
EXHIBITION Oodi Vedelle (Ode to Water) Water the basis of all life. Photo exhibition by Leena Vasankari displays her photographs taken in 2011 from Lake Saimaa where the water is clean and nature unspoiled.
EXHIBITIONS Mariko Mori’s premiere exhibition in the Nordic countries take place at Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki. The exhibition consists of monumental sculptures and two-dimensional wall-works. The artist has followed her interest in the endless cycles of life. The new meditative works crystallize something essential about life’s origins and a state of equilibrium.
TO DO&SEE Experience the olden days in a vintage tram! Ride a motor car from 1909 or an open trailer from 1919.
EXHIBITIONS Themes of the new 20th century exhibition of Finland and Finns are daily life, cuisine, traffic, communication, as well as developments in politics and state. In what type of circumstances did Finns from different parts of Finland live and how was their daily life?