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Helsinki’s new central library Oodi opened on December 5, the eve of Finland’s 101st Independence Day, a fitting celebration for one of the most literate nations in the world. Located at Kansalaistori Square in the heart of the city, Oodi is a transformative and multi-functional space, defying any notion of the library as a dated public institution. Viewed from […]
Profane art (or secular art) had its hesitant origin in Finland in the 18th century Isak Wacklin’s rococo portraits and in Nils Schillmark’s paintings, which employed the Neoclassical idiom. Elias Martin’s landscape paintings documenting the fortification of Viapori represent a unique curiosity from the same period. At the turn of the nineteenth century, Finnish artists absorbed influences from the […]
If you’re in Helsinki for more than a few days, you can take advantage of the closeness to our neighbour Estonia by planning a day cruise to Tallinn. Located south of Helsinki across the Baltic Sea, it is a great way to spend a day, either exploring the picturesque medieval old town in Tallinn or […]
The Sinebrychoff Art Museum is a branch of the tripartite Finnish National Gallery, along with Ateneum and Kiasma. It is the only museum in Finland which specializes in the artworks from the 14th century to the 1850s. It holds some of the most important paintings from the old European masters that can be found in […]