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HAM hosted over 200,000 visitors in 2017

2.1.2018 14:36

© HAM / Maija Toivanen
© HAM / Maija Toivanen

Exhibitions and programming at HAM drew a total of 203,000 visitors to Tennis Palace in 2017. The number-one show was Modern Life – Finnish Modernism and the International Dimension, which opened in March and was visited by more than 60,000 art lovers during the four-month exhibition period. A joint effort by five leading museums in Finland, Modern Life showcased highlights of Finnish architecture, design, visual art and photography from 1917 to 1968.

Modernia elämää! © HAM / Maija Toivanen
Modern life! © HAM / Maija Toivanen

Other popular exhibitions during the first half of the year included a Yayoi Kusama retrospective and the story of Tyko Sallinen as a spearheading figure of Finnish painting and expressionism.

Anna Retulainen, Elina Merenmies, Jukka Korkeila © HAM / Maija Toivanen
Anna Retulainen, Elina Merenmies, Jukka Korkeila © HAM / Maija Toivanen

The number-one hit during the spring and summer was Pleasure, a joint exhibition by Jukka Korkeila, Elina Merenmies and Anna Retulainen. Other popular shows during the autumn featured early works by Eero Nelimarkka, recent sculptures by Pekka Kauhanen, and photographs of old churches, synagogues and mosques by Ola Kolehmainen.

Altogether 21 exhibitions were mounted at Tennis Palace, accompanied by more than 400 guided tours and 200 workshops.

HAM was also active in the field of public art in 2017. Two paintings by Cris af Enehielm, Swing and Life Is One Long Party, were installed at Arbis, the Swedish-language adult education centre in Helsinki. Works funded under the Percent for Art programme were installed in five buildings. The most high-profile works were an installation by artist duo IC-98 in the Maunula community centre and the sculpture LXD by Timo Vaittinen in the yard of Sakarinmäki school. Jouni Toni created five murals for the Fallpakka day care centre, Leena Nio painted two large pictures for the primary school in Pihlajamäki, and Riikka Keränen made a large sculptural installation for the Alppikylä day care centre.

Cris af Enehielm: Elämä on yhtä juhlaa, 2017 © Kuva: HAM / Hanna Kukorell
Cris af Enehielm: Life Is One Long Party, 2017 © Photo: HAM / Hanna Kukorell
Maunula-talo © HAM / Hanna Kukorelli
Part of the installation Betula pendula (2017) by IC-98 at the Maunula community centre © Photo: HAM / Hanna Kukorelli
Timo Vaittinen: LXD, 2017 © Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Timo Vaittinen: LXD, 2017 © Photo: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Leena Nio: Ketun Uni, 2017 © Kuva: HAM / Hanna Kukorelli
Leena Nio: Ketun Uni, 2017 © Photo: HAM / Hanna Kukorelli

The year 2018 at HAM will culminate in a show by Gilbert & George

HAM will mount two exhibitions in the high-vaulted galleries at Tennis Palace in 2018. Opening in April, Graffiti will explore the historical roots and current status of graffiti, with particular focus on graffiti culture in Helsinki and its connections to the international field. The year will climax in a show by British artist-duo Gilbert & George in the autumn.

The year will also include several shows showcasing works in the museum’s collections, featuring well-known names such as Ulla Jokisalo and Jussi Kivi. The themes of the new hanging in the Tove Jansson gallery will be celebrations and Jansson’s close relationship with Finnish islands. HAM Gallery and HAM Corner will continue to present topical contemporary art.