Research & Art

Public art 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.
Lotta_Mattila_Lions_Share_photo_Mikko_Raskinen

The vision of public art at Aalto University is to address and raise questions about what it is to be a university, what we do together in society, and what constitutes the public.

Based on these and other enquiries, public art is site-specific and connects with the diversity of the university and its post-disciplinary communities that extend beyond Otaniemi, to global networks. Public artworks reflect this diversity through different art forms, materials, techniques, and traditions.

Artwork on the photo: Lotta Mattila Lion's Share, photo Mikko Raskinen.

How does Aalto procure our public art?

Contemporary public art often raises critical questions about history, the present and future, and reflects the values of Aalto such as passion, courage, freedom, responsibility and integrity. These questions and values help guide the procurement of artworks at Aalto University.

Art procurements are made by purchasing ready works of art, ordering site-specific art works or organising art competitions. The collection and art procurements are curated and coordinated by Art Coordinator Outi Turpeinen together with the Aalto community.

The artists of the works are Aalto University alumni or faculty who represent numerous different fields of art.

Contact: Outi Turpeinen

Read more at Aalto Showcase.

 

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