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Vantaa Art Museum Artsi is located a short train-ride away from the Helsinki city centre in Myyrmäki, Vantaa. Artsi can be accessed from the lobby of Myyrmäkitalo or via our own entrance at Paalutori square.
Artsi is a fully accessible museum. Guide dogs are welcomed into the museum.
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What does peace mean to an artist? What does it mean to a person living in this time, in this point in history?
The PAX exhibition wants to ask what are all the implications of peace. Does peace even begin when shooting stops? Is there peace for everybody? Why is war always presented to us as peace or at least its guarantor? Artists examine the concept of peace from surprising perspectives: Pekka Elomaa’s peaceful landscapes become revealed as the forgotten execution places of the Finnish civil war; in Sasha Huber’s works, people permanently destroy the peace of nature; Darren Cullen's works wonder why we glorify out of war all its horrors; and Ismar Cirkinacig's beautiful flowers have gained their energy from the atrocities of war.
One of the most interesting works in the exhibition, Marjaana Jauhola’s Toivon repaleet/ Scraps of Hope, critically ponders on one of the weirdest peace campaigns during the past few years that visions a heroic role for Finland as the country that solves the conflicts of the world. In the name of the country brand, money has been collected to the conflict solution organization CMI, peacenegotiation skills have been introduced in schools, and Ahtisaari days have ben founded. In our visions, peace negotiations constitute gratuitous mediation that has helped stop long-lasting conflicts and stabilize peace in three continents. Jauhola's Toivon repaleet / Scraps of Hope reveals another kind of truth: the reality in those countries where peace has been negotiated. That is a reality where peace only benefits the Western world and a small elite.
In addition to the artists and works mentioned above, the exhibition also consists of Vantaa City Museum's art collection, as well as borrowed works from other museums and collections.
The PAX — let's talk about peace exhibitions is divided into two changing, independent exhibitions with peace themes: Tove Jansson's Hobbit exhibition (March 16-June 3, 2018) and Erkki Pirtola's Pictures and Words exhibition (June 5-July 29, 2018).
Astrid Lindgren, a Swedish writer of books for children and an editor, asked in 1960 Tove Jansson to illustrate the new Swedish translation, called Bilbo - en hobbits äventyr, of J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbit. Lindgren wrote: “When one reads the book, one sees Tove Jansson's illustrations in front of oneself, and one says to oneself that this will become the children's book of the century which will live long after we have been died and buried.” The illustrations were published in 1962 and were later used in Hobbit’s Finnish editions.
When illustrating Hobbit, Tove Jansson drew rather impressions of Tolkien's texts than their literal replicas. The illustrations were also Jansson's attempt to change her own way of drawing. When sending the finished pictures to Astrid Lindgren, Jansson wrote: “I have tried to free myself of Moomin-style lines and carefully filled-in surfaces.”
Later Tove Jansson wrote to Mikael Ahlström, the Chair of Finnish Tolkien Society Kontu: ”För mig var det ett äventyr att få illustrera The Hobbit, ” that is, “For me, illustrating the Hobbit was an adventure.” (Tove Jansson's letter to Mikael Ahlstörm, June 26, 1992).
Tove Jansson's Hobbit illustrations are presented to this extent for the very first time: on exhibit are 21 illustrations
12 new murals
Vantaa Art Museum Artsi’s collection spans over 10 000 art works and it can be seen not only inside the Artsi museum, but also around the city of Vantaa. Art works belonging to the City of Vantaa art collection have been deposited to public buildings, such as libraries, schools, day care centres, hospitals – one can also come across art works from the collection at the city hall, in Aviapolis’ Clarion Hotel or the Myyrmäki swimming hall.
The Artsi collection is focused on Finnish and international contemporary art. The collection’s history dates back to 1961. From 2016 onwards, Artsi started to collect street, graffiti and performance art. Also public artworks are part of the museum’s collection.
Vast distinctive collections by three Finnish artists present the life work of Risto Vilhunen, Pentti Kaskipuro and Lauri Santtu.
Read more about Artsi’s collection policy from the collections programme (in Finnish).
Public art works grace and colour Vantaa from East to West in parks, public buildings and in the streets. Public art is a vital part of city planning. Myyrmäki, Leinelä, Kivistö and Tikkurila are four central neighbourhoods of public art in Vantaa.
Myyrmäki, also home to Vantaa art museum Artsi, is the vibrant centre of graffiti and street art in Vantaa, with its lavish, colourful railway station.
In the recently built residential area of Leinelä, 10 artists were invited to plan original art works for the new neighbourhood. The area’s public art programme was realised by artist Vesa-Pekka Rannikko and it features works from eg. Markku Pääkkönen, Tuula Närhinen and Hilda Kozári. Ympäristötaiteen säätiö (Finnish foundation for environmental art) awarded the Kehärata public art plan in 2015.
Tikkurila city centre features hometown inspired original artworks by artist group Art 4 (Jaana Brinck, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Merja Ranki and Outi Turpeinen). In 2017, artist duo Helena Hietanen and Jaakko Niemelä alongside with architecture agency Lahdelma & Mahlamäki will realise a new architectural and sculptural light artwork titled 1708 in concordance with the renovation of the Tikkurila railway station underpass.
Have you seen a damaged public artwork in your neighbourhood? Do you have feedback about public art in Vantaa? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artsi invites guests to experience and interpret art and collaborate. At Artsi, guided tours, workshops and events are always free of charge, unless otherwise mentioned. Small changes in our public programme may occur.
Artsi is open for young audiences, from pre-schoolers to students. We hold guided tours and special workshop programming for school and pre-school groups. We collaborate with schools and institutions that provide arts education.
Art Educator Helena Eräkare
+358 50 314 5596
Artsin frendit (Finnish for ’Friends of Artsi’) is and open group for all friends of Artsi, who are interested in developing Artsi’s functions together with the art museum staff. Artsin frendit meets independently and with the art museum staff to create events, public programme and new viewpoints for Artsi. Artsin frendit Facebook group is our online platform, where friends can pitch ideas, meet each other and communicate projects.
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A guided tour is a good way to get to know our exhibitions and the museum. We organise tailored tours mainly on Thursday afternoons and evenings – you can also inquire us about other possible dates! In order to order a guided tour your group should have at least 5 people. One guided tour is 45 minutes in length.
We communicate about our free guided tours on our website and on our Facebook page.
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Museum Director (on a study leave)
Substitute Museum Director
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Curator / Exhibitions (on a study leave)
Curator / Collections
+358 400 791 540
Museum Education Curator
+358 40 193 8142
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+358 40 821 5978
Assistant Museum Technician
+358 50 314 6273
+358 50 304 2731
+358 43 826 8990 Artsin Kiska (during Artsi’s opening hours)
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+358 43 826 7035
Curator / Public Art
Galleria K, Asematie 7, 01300 Vantaa
+358 40 524 1404
+358 41 503 5157
Artist, international stuff
+358 50 516 3594
+358 40 767 4507
Artist, artistic planning
+358 40 526 7671