Prominent art at Aalto University
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:
Public art collection (the percentage principle)
Galleries and art spaces & exhibition curation
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
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.
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.
The Aalto AiR programme follows the practices of the best international universities and is, notably, the first of its kind in the Nordic countries.