I really like to visit openings of art exhibitions – it is so lovely to see proud and excited artists with their works – and it is also very lovely to have glass of wine and wonder around exhibition. This exhibition I visited last Friday is situated in Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral – the place has high vaults and yes, the cellars of Helsinki Cathedral really has perfect atmosphere for exhibitions. So you can believe, when I heard about this opening, I decided visiting this opening was great way to start my weekend.
This time there is an exhibition by students of the University of Arts Helsinki (Kuvataide Akatemia). The name for exhibition is “Valo ja Pimeys” which could be translated as “Light and darkness”. There are many art works I really like, but I think my favourite piece is large oil on canvas work called Obscura made by Riikka Salminen. There are 12 pieces of art and they present different styles – paintings, moving images, installations. And as I said earlier the surroundings are so beautiful – you have to pay special attention to them!
Obscura by Riikka Salminen
How to visit this exhibition by yourself? Address is Kirkkokatu 18, so it is in downtown. It isn’t the main façade of Tuomiokirkko you find crypt – you really have to know the address to find the right door. The exhibition is open 5-18.3.2016 and entry is free.
As Anna wrote last time, we had a light festival Lux Helsinki in the city center last week. This wasn’t the first time we had Lux Helsinki, but this year the light festival was a huge success, over 600 000 visitors walked through the parks and streets and saw the light installations.
I walked the route yesterday evening and made a short video with time lapse from it (bare with me, I’m still learning how to use my Polaroid Cube+).
If you’re planning on coming to Helsinki next year especially during winter I would most definitely recommend checking out Lux Helsinki’s time table for next January and if it will suit your travelling plans! At least I was surprised how good it was this year and how well all the light installations worked in snowy Helsinki.
I have to admit it has been very dark and cold during the last days here in Helsinki. So, you can believe how happy I was yesterday when wondering along Annankatu (street in downtown Helsinki, Kamppi district) and noticing that preparation for yearly Lux Helsinki Festival had started. The actual festival is 6-10.1.2016 and it featrures works of 500 artists.
Annankatu will turn out to be pedestrian area during the festival and there will be some street food sold. Also nearby cafes will have some special refreshments for Lux Helsinki visitors. And believe me, you really want to have glass of something warm in the middle of admiring artwork, it has been terribly cold! Yesterday I also walked by the Ruttopuisto (or old Kirkkopuisto, how is the official name of this lovely park situated between Annankatu, Yrjönkatu, Bulevardi and Lönnrotinkatu) and there was some very lovely lights and installations as well.
Artwork was ready to be taken up yesterday in Annankatu (or I guess it was going up, we’ll see tomorrow…)
Annankatu and Ruttopuisto are not the only festival arenas – there are also artwork in Senaatintori and other corners in downtown. I recommend you to visit www.luxhelsinki.fi –webpages (also English version available), there is better information about this happening, also map. As you can see, I took some pics yesterday – in reality it will be much more beautiful. Ruttopuisto looked like wonderland with all the different lights and some snow!