Europe, Finland

Helsinki Noir

We’re not museum people. Or are we? Okay, actually we are. In reality we love visiting museums to learn more about the country and its culture, but truth is that many museums are simply not good or not worth the money. This may sound harsh, but most museums in Finland, for example, charge 7-15€ for entrance (without discount). I remember us paying 7€ for the ski museum in Lahti, and it was a bit of a let-down to say the least. However, on one of our latest visits to Helsinki, we decided to visit the Amos Anderson museum, which currently features an exhibition called Helsinki Noir. The exhibition had sounded promising online and as it was a rainy day anyhow, we gave it a shot.

Refelcting on the Helsinki Noir exhibition.
Pondering the fate of the Belle over cake and coffee.

What attracted our attention was a rather unique concept. The exhibition, which covers 4 floors, marries Finnish art with a fictional crime story, set in 1930s Helsinki. A Deadly Proposal tells the story of the “Belle of Kaivopuisto”, a young woman washed up on the shores of Kaivopuisto. At the entrance you receive a booklet (the last part is in English), which you carry with you around the exhibition. At indicated spots you can stop, read the corresponding chapter, and marvel at the art on the walls. What makes it so interesting is that the exhibits correlate to the scenes in the story (or rather vice-versa). The exhibits themselves stem from the early 20th century as well as from more recent years. The core of the exhibition features works from members of the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundation, such as Birger Carlstedt or Santeri Salokivi. At the end you will leave the museum with your own thoughts on what happened to the Belle and with a new-found love for 20th century Helsinki.

The exhibition is still open until 09.01.2017, so if you are in Helsinki and have 1-2 hours to spare, I would totally recommend you check it out. Amos Anderson Art Museum is only a stones throw from Kamppi, entrance is 12€ per adult. There are also a few more exhibitions under the same roof, so the price is almost justified 😉

Now, what do you think? What are your thoughts on Helsinki Noir? Which was your favourite artwork? Which museums would you recommend in Helsinki? Share your thoughts and pictures with us. Let’s stay in touch!

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