Research & Art

Prominent art at Aalto University

Aalto University promotes visibility and impact of art and creativity both in society and at our own campus. Aalto University uses one percent of building costs to fund art.
Dipoli artworks

The Otaniemi campus is an innovative, urban centre where science, art, technology and business meet and produce new insights. Our aim is to encourage experimentality, originality and criticality by offering space and possibilities for collaboration. The public art across Aalto creates a vibrant and attractive environment for experiencing the world from various perspectives.

As the first university in Finland, Aalto University has a public art strategy and has committed to using one percent of building costs to fund art. Radical Nature, the first public art collection, is displayed in the main building Dipoli. The Väre building’s Global Equality art collection prominently features both commissioned and student artworks. All artists are Aalto University alumni or students and represent various fields of art.

University-wide art initiatives are:

  1. Public art collection (the percentage principle)

  2. Galleries and art spaces & exhibition curation

  3. The artist-in-residence programme (next open call will be announced later)

Artwork above: A Beautiful City (2006) by Kari Soinio, photo: Mikko Raskinen


Art coordinator Outi Turpeinen

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Public art collections at Aalto University

The aim of public art across Aalto is to create a vibrant environment for experiencing the world through various perspectives and for embracing imagination, intuition, and exploration.

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Renata Jakowleff «Blue» 2017, 190 x 160 x 40 cm, glass and steel, assembled Photo: Mikko Raskinen

Aalto galleries and exhibition venues

How can we make space for unexpected ways of looking at the world? Galleries and exhibition venues are co-produced spaces for action, bringing together the knowledge, content, vision, and passion of different agents.

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Aalto betaspace, an exhibition venue for students at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture / photo by Julia Weckman.

Artist-in-Residence Programme

The Aalto AiR programme follows the practices of the best international universities and is, notably, the first of its kind in the Nordic countries.

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Ariel Bustamante conversation room

Read more about art at Aalto

Hans-Christian Berg's artwork is made specifically for the Dipoli building, says Outi Turpeinen. Photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

The radical percent

Percent art will bring wellbeing, travellers and new ideas to the campus, says Art Coordinator Outi Turpeinen.

Kreutzstrasse by Gloria Lauterbach. Image: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Väre’s public art collection examines equality

Collection was published with “Global Equality” as its art concept.

Aalto-yliopisto Väre suojamuuri voittaja wall art winner Kreutzstrasse Kuva: Gloria Lauterbach

Outside wall on campus receives a semi-permanent artwork

The winning entry of the student art competition is bold and layered.

© Jella Bertell

Juuso Tervo wins 2018 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for art education

Aalto alumnus and postdoctoral researcher recognized for excellence in art education research

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