Going commercial, with ambition
According to critic Timo Valjakka, Helsinki is home to roughly half a dozen commercial and artistically ambitious contemporary art galleries. An active art fan, he adds, usually visits exhibits at Forsblom and Anhava, as both showcase works from A-list artists.
Among galleries run by local artists’ associations is Sculptor at Helsinki’s South Harbour, which, true to its name, shows sculptures. Another one is Hippolyte, which specialises in photography and will move into a new space in the centre of Helsinki in early 2012. Near these two are also other galleries run by artists’ organisations. Forum Box near Hietalahti market, for example, hosts various events in addition to exhibits.