The Finnish Art Society brings Paul Osipow and Anu Tuominen to Kunsthalle Helsinki

Every year the Finnish Art Society hosts a major exhibition at Kunsthalle Helsinki highlighting the work of a prominent Finnish artist. Next year sees the opening of a major retrospective featuring the work of Paul Osipow, followed by Anu Tuominen in the upcoming 2020 exhibition.


Paul Osipow: 26.1.–24.3.2019
The Paul Osipow (b. 1939) retrospective presents an impressive cross-section of works by one of Finland’s leading painters. Osipow’s early travels in Europe and the United States have had a lasting impact on his art, and throughout his career he has drawn inspiration from various periods in art history, ranging from modernism all the way back to Classical Antiquity. The Kunsthalle retrospective features Osipow’s geometrical and free-form abstract paintings as well as his still life compositions, female figures and other figurative classic motifs spanning from the 1960s to the present day.


Osipow graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1962. Since the 1960s, he has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. He has also made a significant contribution as an educator at various art institutes. During his 60-year career, Osipow has won numerous awards including the Finnish Art Society’s Ducat Prize in 1966, a 15-year art grant from the Finish State in 1985, and the Prince Eugen medal in 1989. The exhibition is produced by the Finnish Art Society and curated by Kari Kenetti.


Anu Tuominen: 2020
The upcoming Anu Tuominen (b. 1961) exhibition will feature a pick of her popular classics alongside a selection of newer works. Tuominen is known as one of Finland’s leading conceptual artists and as an artist who resurrects discarded items salvaged from flea markets. She plays with the colours and shapes of familiar everyday objects such as potholders, buttons and coloured pencils, combining them cleverly with words and ideas.

Anu Tuominen graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. She is the winner of the 2003 Ars Fennica prize and she has exhibited extensively both in Finland and abroad.

Guided tours to the exhibition

David Hockney

Art Critic Martin Gayford will give a talk on Hockney’s work on Sunday 19 August at 3 PM.

A guided  tour in English will be organized on Sunday 23 September at 3 PM.

Guided tours are included in the ticket price.

You may also book a private tour for your group. To book, please contact:

opastukset(at) Please include your phone number in the mail.


Заказ экскурсии на русском языке (заказ необходимо оформить на финском или английском языке не позже чем за неделю до предполагаемой экскурсии):


Life drawing sessions

The Finnish Art Society organises open life drawing sessions in the Kunsthalle Helsinki on Tuesdays from 18:15 to 20:00 hours, exhibition programme permitting. The admission fee is €8, for the members of the Finnish Art Society €7. Bring your own drawing materials.

Upcoming croquis-nights:

August: 21.8., 28.8.
September: 11.9., 18.9., 25.9.
October: 2.10., 9.10., 16.10., 23.10., 30.10.
November: 6.11., 13.11.

Please note that the Society reserves the right to change these dates.

Please note: no liquids (beverages or water for painting) are allowed in the exhibition galleries. Recommended drawing materials: pencil, charcoal, pastels etc. Eating is allowed only in the lobby. Each artist should take only one chair in order to have enough seats for everybody. Please take caution around the works of art!

Free admission on first Wednesday of the month 6-8 pm

Free admission on the first Wednesday of the month, from 6 pm to 8 pm, when the exhibitions are open.

Kunsthalle Helsinki

Nervanderinkatu 3

Tickets +358 40 450 7211


Tue, Thu, Fri 11–18

Wed 11–20

Sat-Sun 11–17

Mon closed



€12 / €8

Under 18s – no charge

Museum Card