HAM hosted over 200,000 visitors in 2017
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.
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.
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.