Galleria Kuvitus is the only gallery in Finland to focus on the art of illustration in all its forms. Our gallery exhibitions are professionally juried and curated by staff or guest curators. Founded in 2018, the gallery has been set up in the premises of the Finnish Illustration Association in Helsinki.
EXHIBITION PROGRAMME 2020
7.2. – 14.3.2020
Thrill, a solo exhibition by the illustrator and graphic artist Ninni Kairisalo (b. 1977) features giclée prints and ink originals. The focal point of the exhibition is the album cover art. kaligraphics.fi
21.3. – 30.4.2020
The solo exhibition Tunto features charcoal drawings by the illustrator Liisa Kallio (b.1968).
The main theme of the exhibition is the sensation of touch. liisakallio.mystrikingly.com
8.5. – 18.6.2020
Kati Närhi’s (b. 1973) solo exhibition is related to the new book, Ei mikään (Nothing), written and illustrated by Närhi herself. The illustration style of the author’s edition is inspired by Victorian prints. katinarhi.com
14.8. – 19.9.2020
Miila Westin’s (b. 1987) solo exhibition presents Finnish mythological creatures and colorful modernized illustrations based on them. The work is based on her dissertation from 2020 for the Master of Arts degree from Aalto University. miilawestin.myportfolio.com
25.9. – 30.10.2020
Apila Pepita’s (b. 1991) colorful pastel toned works focus on the topics of gender diversity, feminism and sexuality. apilapepita.com
6.11. – 12.12.2020
Ville Salervo´s (b. 1979) digital illlustration series Deus Ex Machina shows different “god machines” that have somehow influenced human history and the present state of the world. villesalervo.com
16.12. – 23.1.2021
Reka Kiraly’s (b. 1977) solo exhibition will open up the illustrator’s work process for everyone. It consists of ink drawings and sketches from notebooks, drawings on paper rolls and interactive paper puzzle and 3 actual books. rekakiraly.com
In addition to the temporary exhibitions, permanent works in the venue include ones by illustrators Laura Lehtinen (picture below), Ricardo Cavolo and Ilona Partanen, and designer Mariana Núñez Sánchez.
Located in Kallio, just moments away from the lively Hakaniemi Market Place and the beautiful art deco church of Kallio, the gallery’s location is ideal for offering both residents and tourists a place to discover illustration art, and to escape into a cosy space which will motivate and inspire. Kallio, the name of which literally translates to “rock” or “hill”, is a hilly, hipsterish and culturally rich area on the northeastern outskirts of Helsinki.
An interdisciplinary art programme is a natural part of the activities of Galleria Kuvitus. For example, performance artist Mimosa Pale performed in the opening of the gallery in 2018 with the Wild Angelicas group. The Wandering Shocks performance celebrated the end of the wanders of the Finnish Illustration Association and the opening of its own premises. The performance also had a strong visual link to the opening exhibition Toisaalla – Elsewhere: Emmi Jormalainen’s horses with their owing manes and Laura Lehtinen’s colourful imaginary world. The statuesque characters of the performance roamed the gallery and its surroundings during the opening event and set the concept of art against unusual landscapes. Performers: Maria Duncker, Anne Hiekkaranta, Mimosa Pale and Pive Toivonen.
Hämeentie 28, Helsinki, FINLAND
Mon–Fri 12–5 pm
Sat 12 pm–4 pm