It has been a strange and different spring this year because of the virus. Had it been a normal spring we would have visited both a couple of art exhibitions and museums already. We, as everyone who have had the possibility to do so, have stayed at home. Except for going to the grocery and twice visiting my childhood friend. Visiting her we had coffee outdoors and kept proper distance. The Museums and art exhibitions have been closed till recently. Now many are open. So on Tuesday we visited the Iittala naïve art. A yearly exhibition I just love to visit. There always are so many wonderful paintings.
We have only been once before to the light festival event in Helsinki. I think it was six years ago. It may have been the first time it was arranged. This time the event is from 4.1. – 8.1.2020. The route starts from the Senate square where the Church is lit with the art SunWind. Then it continues for about a 2,5 km long route where are 8 more arts to experience. The opening was yesterday at 5 pm. There was a lot of people. At the second stop, The Bridge, the line was looong. It felt like I stood in line for hours. But, from there on it was easier. The weather was nice. No snow, not slippery but, the wind was a bit chilly. So happy I was wearing enough of warm cloths. After the stop at number 5, the Large Fire Tornado, which is a kinetic fire installation which flame reaches a height of 16 m, we went home. There are four more arts we didn’t see. So, we either go to see them or then not.
In the end of August the Marita Liulia ehxibition Mysterium. The short, about 20 minutes, film was worth watching. She told so many things about her life and her works.
On Friday, November 8th we visited an other nice exhibition. The best place in the world to paint. Finnish and Swedish artists painting in Önningeby, Åland, during the summers at the end of the 19th century. Beautiful landscape paintings. Also this time we sat down to watch an about 20 minute film about the Rönningeby and the Artist. Next time, if there will be a next time, I visit Åland Islands I will visit Önningeby and the Önningeby museum.
In the beginning of September my husband told me there is new mural in Karakallio which is only a few kilometers from us. On the way to the grocery store we went to look for the mural which is situated only a few hundred meters from the grocery.The mural is painted by Jussi TwoSeven 2019. On the artist’s page I found the name of the painting. It is called Pandion Haliaetus Suteailah Nordnap.This next one by him I saw when we visited the Helsinki Baltic Herring Market on the 12th of October. It is called Strix Nebulosa. I like both of them. There still are a couple more I hope to see live and have the opportunity to take photos of.
We were in Helsinki in the beginning of this week. Outside the former Post Office building we saw the car parked. I said to my husband, look, look the car we saw a photo of in the news paper. I did not read the article only looked at the image and thought, who would want a car with holes all over it. Later I read somewhere it is a piece of art, called ‘Autokulta’ / ‘Dear Car’ by the Finnish sculptor Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen. Pretty cool, eh !
Yesterday we visited the Sinebrychoff Art Museum where is held the exhibition Heavenly Colours – Blue and Gold. It is opened on March 28 and is open till August 25 this year. It was very nice. Here are some photos.
Lake View 1901 /Akseli Gallen-Kallela Table Clock 1760’sStill Life with Blue Figurines / Alfred William FinchWilho Sjöström /Professor J.J. Tikkanen 1913Louise Ulrika, Queen of Sweden 1770’sKing Charles XI of Sweden / David Klöckner Ehrenstrahl
An other mural in Karakallio. The first one was painted by Teemu Mäenpää in September 2017. I photographed it in January 2018. My blog post of Jan. 16th 2018. A second mural was painted by the Argentinean artist Pastel in May 2018. We don’t go to Karakallio often. But, we actually were in March this year. But, I forgot to look for the Pastel painting. Yesterday on the way back home we drove through Karakallio. Ones again, I said, stop, stop stop. My husband, as always, WHY ? I spotted the painting I told you about for several times. It was in the afternoon and the wall was on the shadow side. My first thought was to go back, e.g. today. But, decided not to. The photos are what they are.
In the end of February I showed my son the photos I took at Myyrmäki railway station. He said, you should go to the Malminkartano station. There are a lot of street art/murals. Both Myyrmäki and Malminkartano stations are not far from us. Only about 6-7 km. We were there yesterday. My son was right. There are many paintings. I didn’t photograph all of them. Here are some I took. Once again, I took way too many photos.
As I mentioned, in my previous post, I would together with a friend, go to visit the František Kupka exhibition on Tuesday. The exhibition contained a total of 150 works + the 52 minute long documentary/biography film. We liked both the film and the exhibition very much. We stayed there for about 2,5 hour and ended the visit with a cup of coffee and a sweet bun. Thank you my friend for a nice day.
Just a few snapshots.
What is better a way than to end the visit with a cup of coffee and a sweet bun.
Because my husband needed to go to Helsinki to take care of some errands I said, I will come too (we went by car). I’d like to just stroll around a bit. It’s such a nice day. Sunshine. Not too cold. Only -3 C. No wind. When I walked by the central station I noticed the lamp holders. They have beautiful flower garlands on their heads. Neither of us couldn’t figure out why. So, I googled on the net. I found it. It’s the 100 years anniversary of the station. It was opened on March 5th 1919.
Also tomorrow he is attending a meeting in Helsinki and I will go with him. While his in the meeting I am going, with a friend, to visit the Ateneum Art Museum where is held František Kupka art exhibition.