Research & Art

Exhibition Highlights

With multiple spaces across the Otaniemi campus and partnership projects each year, there are always dynamic exhibitions activities taking place at Aalto. Here you can find a selection of shows taking place on and off-campus showcasing leading research at Aalto University.
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Wonder(ful) Exhibition-Aalto University. Image by Anne Kinnunen, 2022

Exhibitions at Aalto

As a leading Art & Science University, Aalto supports different uses of exhibition spaces to showcase the innovative and creative research of Aalto’s six schools. These include, but are not limited to pedagogical exhibition activities such as course outcomes, student organised projects, conference exhibitions and educational events. In addition, the Exhibition team curates and coordinates several cross-disciplinary, thematic projects each year both on campus and at partner locations to share these activities with the wider public.

For further information see exhibition contacts below.

Your invitation to Life 1.5

Save the date/planet: Welcome to our fourth Designs for a Cooler Planet festival, 7.9–12.10.2022 in Otaniemi, Espoo.

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Shimmering Wood sneaker designed by by Noora Yau & Konrad Klockars. Photo: Kalle Kataila

ABRA exhibition 'Radical Speculations: Artificial Biology and Robotics meet Art and Architecture'

ABRA Exhibition at Dipoli Gallery 13.09-09.11.22

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ABRA exhibition-Visual identity by Eva Tordera Nuño

School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Exhibitions

Find course and MA exhibitions in galleries and exhibition spaces in School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Welcome!

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Seaweed installation byt Julia Lohman

Exhibition events

People gathering around a wooden structure as part of an exhibition in Väre building lobby.
Other, Campus, Exhibitions, Internal events

Designs for a Cooler Planet: Life 1.5 exhibition tour 5.10.

Take a guided tour of an exhibition filled with research-based, experimental and creative concepts
People gathering around a wooden structure as part of an exhibition in Väre building lobby.
Other, Campus, Exhibitions, Internal events

Designs for a Cooler Planet: Life 1.5 exhibition tour 6.10.

Take a guided tour of an exhibition filled with research-based, experimental and creative concepts
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Exhibitions

'Corridors and Continuums' An Exhibition by Kate Stone at Aalto Studios

Exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist and current Kone Foundation Lauttasaari Manor Resident 2022
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Exhibitions

Corridors and Continuums-Kate Stone Exhibition at Aalto Studios

Exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist and current Kone Foundation Lauttasaari Manor Resident 2022

Online Exhibitions

A selection of Aalto exhibitions made available online

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Data and Law. Illustration by Olena Mohylna. Data Vitality Exhibition

Designs for a Cooler Planet

Annual exhibition series envisioning sustainable futures through creative concepts

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Previous Exhibitions

Image from remote site: virtualexhibitions.aalto.fi

Breaking Ground | Aalto Virtual Exhibitions (external link)

Breaking ground – 8 ways research shaped our world

Wonder(ful) Exhibition, Dipoli Gallery. Image by Anne Kinnunen (2022)

Wonder(ful) exhibition (external link)

This photography exhibition in Dipoli Gallery showcases six examples of artistic processes, which dwell into the questions of existence in different localities, family histories and interior worlds.

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Virtual planetarium takes you to the middle of planets, northern lights and satellites

At the Spacewalk exhibition, you can test computer simulations developed for space science and technology using VR glasses. The exhibition also shows how going into space helps solve the great challenges of humanity.

Events
Julia Lohmann's Kombu Ahtola algae sculpture at Annantalo.

Hidaka Ohmu – The seaweed pavilion

The seaweed pavilion is on display at the A Bloc shopping centre on the Otaniemi campus 16.11-16.12.2020. You can experience Julia Lohmann's Kombu Ahtola algae piece at Annantalo (Annankatu 30, Helsinki) on 20 August 2020–31 January 2021.

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Graphic Design by Emery L Norton

Outré: Encounters with Non/living Things

`Outré: Encounters with Non/living Things` online exhibition

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Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020: Race for the Future

Designs for a Cooler Planet — Helsinki Design Week 2020

Helsinki Design Week at Otaniemi showcases inspiring future designs related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Wood Wonders exhibition at Helsinki airport. Photo: Anne Kinnunen

Wood Wonders exhibition showcases climate-friendly building concepts

If all the buildings constructed in Finland each year were made of wood, the amount of wood needed for their construction would grow back in ten hours.

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Creativity in Action Exhibition-Design By Emery Norton

Creativity in Action: The Spirit of Student Life

Creativity in Action: The Spirit of Student Life

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Image: Olivia Abächerli. Still from 'Polsima' 4 channel video installation, 2019

Dialogue Model: I can’t hear myself without you listening

Exhibition Programme at M8 Art Space 2019-2020

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Cool and Icy Waters -näyttely 4.-20.9.

Cool and Icy Waters - ice research  for sea traffic

The exhibition depicts marine and Arctic technology research at Aalto University, including the study of sea ice structure and behaviour as well as the functionality, sustainability and safety of ships and marine structures under extreme conditions. The goal of this research is to ensure safe and sustainable transportation in Arctic areas.

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Interactive Diorama corpse view

Interactive Diorama - Rembrandt 1632 at Central Library Oodi

A virtual reality simulation that takes the visitor deep into a painting by Rembrandt from the 1600s

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Re-imagining the Past Vol. 2. Photos: Kitty Norros

Re-imagining the Past exhibition Vol. 2 online

The stories and images from the exhibition celebrating Aalto 10 are now available for online exploration.

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Staging (in) Nature Exhibition. Graphic Design by Joosung Kang

'Staging (in) Nature' Exhibition

Open: 05.03-29.03.2019
The exhibition features a selection of photographic and moving image works by recent photography MA graduates from Aalto University: Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Otto-Ville Väätäinen, Petri Juntunen, Kerttu Malinen; and Annu Timonen from the University of the Arts Helsinki.

For more information contact:

Curator Bilge Hasdemir, Aalto University ([email protected])

Research & Art

For further information contact the exhibition team

 Edel O Reilly

Edel O Reilly

Curator, Exhibitions
 Outi Turpeinen

Outi Turpeinen

Senior specialist (art & exhibitions)

Enni Äijälä

Designs for a Cooler Planet, Exhibitions Outreach and Partnerships
Professor Maarit Mäkelä sits on a chair and paints a ceramic pot with soil from Venice, in a brightly lit area

Organise an Exhibition at Aalto University

Aalto University has multiple exhibition spaces across the Otaniemi campus and the curators welcome interest from students, staff and researchers in organising their own exhibitions and projects.

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'Puu ja Savi-Wood and Clay' course exhibition organised by Nathalie Lautenbacher. Väre Main Lobby, March 2019. Image: Eeva SuorlahtiJPG

Aalto Exhibitions

With multiple spaces across the Otaniemi campus and partnership projects each year, there are always dynamic exhibitions activities taking place at Aalto. Whether you are organising, researching or visiting exhibitions, this hub provides the key information, news and resources you will need.

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Campus maps, addresses and opening hours in Otaniemi

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Aalto Exhibition Spaces

As a leading Art & Science University, Aalto supports different uses of exhibition spaces to showcase the innovative and creative research of Aalto’s six schools. These include, but are not limited to pedagogical exhibition activities such as course outcomes, student organised projects, conference exhibitions and educational events. In addition, the Exhibition team curates and coordinates several cross-disciplinary, thematic projects each year both on campus and at partner locations to share these activities with the wider public. 

Väre, Otaniementie 14

There are 9 exhibition areas in the Väre building which is home to the schools of Art, Architecture and Design. These spaces operate both course-led and curated programmes throughout the year which include exhibitions, events and projects providing an interface to the innovative work undertaken by artists, designers and researchers within and beyond the Aalto community. Inaugurated in September 2018, Väre is situated at the intersection of two principal coordinates, Otakaari 1 and the Harald Herlin Learning Centre. The exhibition programme emphasises in innovatory co-producing, circulating knowledge and strengthening the dialogue for the whole University and diverse collaborators. Väre offers a multitude of exhibition spaces for showcasing creative work and hosting transdisciplinary meetings.

Undergraduate School, Otakaari 1

Exhibition venue BetaSPACE gallery is located at Otakaari 1 A-Wing, Espoo provides the Aalto University community with a space for experimentation and reflection, without focusing on particular disciplines. The course exhibitions from Art, Design and Architecture departments are combined here with curated content from various fields, related to the University teaching, research and other activities. The architect of this elegant and beautiful space is Alvar Aalto.

Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9

The Harald Herlin Learning Centre exhibition spaces include Lobby, Foyer, and Tori area. The Learning Centre interiors are Alvar Aalto’s legacy, but after renovation the space has been customized to serve as an exhibition venue. Curated and course-organised programme consists of exhibitions, workshops, seminars and performances. In addition to exhibition spaces in the main lobby and upper gallery foyer, this unique building also has a learning hub, visual resource centre and a nine-meter wide media wall in the building’s Tori, or public square which can also host events. 

Dipoli Gallery, Otakaari 24

Dipoli, the main building of Aalto University is a stage for encounters and events for students, the university and its partners. The Dipoli Gallery is the university's representational space. The Dipoli Gallery is Aalto University's representational space, a production house where co-design and co-creation take place and where new knowledge will be produced by the Aalto community. The curated programme of Dipoli Gallery consists of exhibitions from the whole Aalto Community and various events.

M8 Art Space, Maarintie 8

M8 Art Space was initiated in 2016 to introduce artistic research into the thinking and making environment of electrical engineering at Aalto University. It does this by operating a platform for screen-based works by artists working with subjects connected to developments in electrical engineering. The four channel screen programme is located in the atrium of the Maarintie 8 building.

Aalto Studios Gallery Lounge, Otakaari 7

Exhibition space Aalto Studios Gallery is part of the Aalto Studios. It provides the Aalto University community with an exhibition space in Otakaari 7 for experimentation and reflection. Exhibition space Aalto Studios Gallery is part of the Aalto Studios. It provides the Aalto University community with an exhibition space in Otakaari 7 for experimentation and reflection. The exhibitions relate to the multidisciplinary fields that embrace teaching, research and other activities in Aalto University. The space is seen as a stage for encounters and events for students, the university, and its partners. There is also a possibility to borrow projectors and IT equipment for the exhibition from Aalto Studios. See the exhibitions here at the Gallery Lounge page.

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