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HAM breaks its visitor record in 2016

1.1.2017 14:25

Thank you for a wonderful year!

HAM achieved its all-time visitor record in 2016. The exhibitions at the Tennis Palace and additional programmes attracted more than 253 000 visitors.

The previous record was in 2001 when alltogether 203,000 art lovers visited exhibitions at the Tennis Palace, the Meilahti Art Museum and Kluuvi Gallery.

The absolute favourite in 2016 was the exhibition In Infinity by Yayoi Kusama, which drew more than 154 000 visitors in three months at the Tennis Palace. It is the first retrospective of Kusama’s work in the Nordic countries and will be open until 22 January 2017.

Other popular exhibitions were Ai Weiwei at the beginning of the year and From Heino with Love, which was the first extensive presentation of the Heino Art Foundation’s collection. Additional programmes were also popular. During 2016, we organised almost 300 workshops and 600 exhibition tours.

“HAM Helsinki Art Museum achieved its all-time visitor record in 2016. We owe our thanks to our visitors for this!”
Maija Tanninen-Mattila, HAM’s Director

– We made it easier for people to visit the art museum. Our visitors include young people and other people who don’t often visit art museums. HAM has introduced Ai Weiwei and Yayoi Kusama, two international contemporary art classics, to the general public. The success of the exhibitions shows what a great museum city Helsinki is today, says Maija Tanninen-Mattila, HAM’s Director.

A total of sixteen exhibitions were organised at the Tennis Palace in 2016. Visitors with free admission accounted for 46% and holders of the Finnish Museums Association’s museum card for 23% of the total visitors. More information about the visitors will be available as soon as a visitor survey that was conducted in December is completed.

In addition to its extensive exhibition programme, HAM is also active in the field of public art.  In accordance with the percentage financing principle, 10 works of art were completed for public buildings and major parks. The most visible of these include Villu Jaanisoo’s Kuukkeli in the Kalasatama district and Antti Laitinen’s Armour in Töölönlahti Park. HAM also produced two temporary works in Helsinki. Yayoi Kusama’s installations delighted people during summer in Esplanadi Park and the Helsinki Winter Garden.

The programme for Finland’s centenary year 2017 focuses on Finnish artists.

At the beginning of the year there will be exhibitions by Tyko Sallinen, Tove Jansson, Eva Törnwall-Collin and Cris af Enehielm. In the spring, the high arched galleries of Tennis Palace will house a joint project by five Finnish museums entitled Modern life! and in the autumn there will be a group exhibition by Anna Retulainen, Elina Merenmies and Jukka Korkeila entitled Pleasure. The year 2017 will conclude with exhibitions by Eero Nelimarkka, Ola Kolehmainen and Pekka Kauhanen.

The HAM Gallery will continue on the free admission side of the art museum. New Finnish art and up-and-coming artists will be presented in a series of exhibitions each lasting seven weeks.

Exhibitions at HAM in 2017

Welcome back in 2017!


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Friday 27 January
Friday 24 February
Friday 31 March
Friday 28 April
Friday 26 May
Friday 30 June
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Friday 25 August
Friday 29 September
Friday 27 October
Friday 24 November
Friday 29 December

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On Mondays
On New Year’s Day 1.1.2017
On Good Friday 14.4.2017
On May Day Eve 30.4.2017
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