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Renewing society by art, creativity and design

Aalto University promotes art and creativity in all disciplines and communities. One of our targets is to renew society through art, creativity and design. We are a forerunner in combining world-leading art and creative practices with research and education.
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Culture shapes our identities, aspirations, values and relationships. It also shapes the cities and living environments, and the lifestyles we develop.

Art, design, fashion, cinema, architecture, visual communication and games are crucial elements of everyday life and society.

Photo from: Unexpected Encounters exhibition (2016) Curated by Ksenia Kaverina, image: Mikko Raskinen

Development actions

  1. Build excellence to position Aalto University as a global leader in high-quality artistic activities.

  2. Increase the visibility, impact and value of creative practices in society.

  3. Develop a broader, art-based offering for all students to expand their perspectives and skillsets.

  4. Build mechanisms to integrate creative practices and design thinking with technology and business throughout Aalto University and its partner networks.

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Rankings and reputation

As one of the leading international universities in our fields, Aalto's teaching, research and impact are well respected and we are often ranked among the best in the world.

Dipoli artworks

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.

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University Wide Art Studies

Aalto University offers all its students an opportunity to orient in art-based thinking, creativity and culture.

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Design Inside

Renewing societies requires world-leading design-based practices. The Design Inside initiative ensures we will have the world-class ability throughout Aalto to shape and explore the world around us.

News

Aalto artist-in-residence Matthew Wilson
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A visual artist wielding more than a hammer

Aalto University’s fifth Artist in Residence Matthew C. Wilson explores the entangled nature of ideas.
Quantum Wheel
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Quantum Wheel brings world-class game makers and quantum physicists together

From 15th until 17th February 2019 the Helsinki SkyWheel and Allas Sea Pool are the base for the 5th Quantum Game Jam; an intensive weekend during which game makers and physicists get together with the aim of creating games that harness the nature of quantum mechanics.
Kreutzstrasse by Gloria Lauterbach. Image: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University
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Public art sparks our imagination

Aalto University is the first university in Finland to commit to the principle of the art percent.
Näytös18 Design: Fanni Lyytikäinen Kuva: Mikko Raskinen
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Finnish fashion showcase event, Fashion in Helsinki, receives state export subsidy

Event among five cultural export projects funded by Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture.

Events

Iines Jakovlev: Hidden Lake Photo: Anne Kinnunen
Exhibitions and fairs

Fragile Water design exhibition at Helsinki Airport

The exhibition Fragile Water brings attention to our use of water.
Solis Escalera Mariana. Kuva: Eeva Suorlahti
Exhibitions and fairs

Exhibition: WOOD and CLAY

A joint exhibition of two master's course open in Väre main lobby 4.-20.3.
Dipoli Gallery Exhibition 5-29.3.2019
Exhibitions and fairs

Staging (in) Nature Photography Exhibition

Staging (in) Nature
Exhibition in Dipoli Gallery 5-29.3.2019

Welcome to the exhibition opening Tue 5.3.2019 4-6pm

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.
Occupy Earth exhibition
Exhibitions and fairs

Occupy Earth course explores the polarized discussions of climates

Interesting exhibition at Harald Herlin Learning Center and Väre by students from Aalto University and Parsons School of Design

Read more about art, design and creativity

Takala made a bold artwork at accountancy firm Deloitte. The artwork shakes up everyday life in the office by essentially doing nothing. Hidden cameras were recording the other employees’ reactions to Takala’s unconventional working methods, as after two weeks of working, she simply sat down at an empty desk in silence. If anybody asked, she said she was doing ‘brainwork’.

Artist-in-Residence Pilvi Takala (2018): Art with your own body by misbehavin

In the Artist-in-Residence position at Aalto University, the purpose of art is to arouse questions in a cross-disciplinary manner.

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.

Paradox City Exhibition

Paradox City

The exhibition showcases the diversity of cultural, built and grown layers that co-create the home of a multidisciplinary community on Aalto University's campus.

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.

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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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Art in Väre by Vice President Anna Valtonen

Art gives us an opportunity to rethink all forms of knowing and doing. To be able to experience great art in our premises – to have this opportunity to rethink on a daily basis – is a privilege.

Evol by Sushant Passi. Evol is a series of artistic explorations with two natural materials from trees: cellulose and natural rubber latex. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti.

Aalto students’ eco-art exhibition opens at Helsinki Airport

The exhibition From Nature to Future combines material experimentation and art with surprising results.

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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.