HAM Tennis Palace is located in the Helsinki city centre right next to Kamppi Shopping Centre. You can easily reach us from anywhere in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area using public transport. Check the Journey Planner for the optimal public transport options.
HAM’s ticket counter and entrance are located on the second floor of Tennis Palace, which is accessible using lifts located in the vicinity of all the exits. On the Eteläinen rautatienkatu end there is an escalator leading directly to the museum ticket counter. The exhibition facilities are located on two floors. Lift access to the upper exhibition floor (3rd floor) is locate in the inner lobby of the museum.
Mounted in the large arched galleries of HAM, the exhibition explores the pleasurable interaction that artists and viewers alike have with paintings. A joint effort by Anna Retulainen (b. 1969), Elina Merenmies (b. 1967) and Jukka Korkeila (b. 1968), the exhibition showcases the output of the three powerful artists from the early 1990s to the present. It also includes older works from the collections of the Serlachius Museums and HAM, which were selected by the three featured artists to illustrate influences underlying their latest works.
The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Serlachius Museums and it is accompanied by a publication that explores the themes of the show. The exhibition curator is Mika Hannula.
Eero Nelimarkka in the 1910s and 1920s
15.9.2017 – 4.2.2018
The exhibition presents a less well-known side of the art of Eero Nelimarkka (1891–1977). Its focus is on the artist’s early works from the 1910s and 1920s that were inspired by new artistic trends in Paris, whose art scene at the time was teeming with artists from around the world. During this period Nelimarkka made a great number of character studies that include poignant pictures of children and an extended series of self-portraits. With an intense mood, the paintings also depict everyday objects and interiors, often enlivened by a female figure who has turned away from the viewer.
Nelimarkka is most famous for his pictures of wide-open landscapes. The exhibition at HAM presents the artist from a new perspective that is modern, urban and sometimes even a bit offbeat. The exhibition is curated by Riitta Ojanperä.
The exhibition consists of key sculptures by Pekka Kauhanen (b. 1954) from different periods of his career. The featured works include new pieces and surprising installations. One of the main attractions of the show is a plaster model of the soldier in Kauhanen’s Winter War Memorial, which will soar high up in the large gallery. To be unveiled in the Kasarmitori square towards the end of 2017, the memorial will become part of HAM’s collection of public art.
Kauhanen works primarily in bronze, steel, aluminium and wrought iron. His works are often mysterious, playful, and named with cheerful humour.
The photographic series by Ola Kolehmainen (b. 1964) receives its premiere at HAM and will then go on tour to European museums in 2018 and 2019. The new series is a visual adventure in space, time and light. Kolehmainen has been inspired by architecture, mosques, synagogues, churches and cathedrals around Europe. Some of these holy places are accessible to only a few, while others are visited by thousands of tourists and worshippers every week. Kolehmainen’s works remind us of the similarities, layers and shared history of holy places.
The HAM Gallery showcases Finnish art and rising artists. The exhibitions are chosen based on an application process and displayed for a period of seven weeks. All HAM Gallery exhibitions are always free of charge.