Galleria Kuvitus, maintained by the Finnish Illustration Association, is the only gallery in Finland to focus on illustration art and it hosts 10 juried and curated exhibitions each year.
The gallery has been set up in the premises of the Finnish Illustration Association. In addition to Laura Lehtinen’s mural (in the picture below), permanent works in the venue include ones by illustrators 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 11 am–5 pm
Sat 12 pm–4 pm