Sarvisalo, A Contemporary Art Hot Spot

Sarvisalo really caught my eye ! Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, are, through their collection, putting this tiny Finnish island on the map. They have been collecting art since 1994 and today, they own around 6,000 pieces by 600 young and emerging artists, with whom they collaborate on exhibitions, residencies and commissions in Sarvisalo, London and Las Vegas.

The Zabludowiczs’ homes on Sarvisalo comprise Suvinkunta, a cluster of houses and workshops acting as the hub for the residency; Herman’s, a 17th century manor house and “art barn” in the island’s main village of Härkäpää; and the Carpenter’s House, which offers further workshops and secondary buildings.


Anita Zabludowicz in front of Richard Wood’s Stone Clad Cottage (Bredvik), Sarvisalo, Finland. Picture – David Bebber

Since 2010 Zabludowicz Collection has initiated an international residency programme for invited artists on the island of Sarvisalo in Loviisa, Finland.The residency programme offers an open-ended and discursive environment for the production of art. Artists and practitioners from many disciplines spend up to a month researching and working on the island, sometimes producing works that remain in situ, or using the time to develop future projects and collaborations.

The Zabs, as insiders refer to them, occupy an unusual niche in the art world, given their focus on emerging and midcareer artists. “They really support artists before they break through,” says curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. “It’s a form of patronage.”

“Their openings attract a very young crowd that you don’t see at every other opening; there’s this informality,” says their friend Simon de Pury, the former chairman of the auction house Phillips de Pury & Company. “


Nicolas Deshayes, Keith Tyson, Caragh Thuring, Erin and Sam Falls, Poju and Anita Zabludowicz, and Olafur Eliasson 
and his daughter Alma, with Schieleren (Smears), 2010, by Franz West.


Stella Hamberg in the forest at Suvikunta, with her Berserker 1, 2007. Photography by Jason Schmidt



Adam McEwen’s Hare Swing, 2009. Photography by Jason Schmidt

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Finnish Summer Memories, Part III

I discovered works by the Finnish sculptor Kain Tapper (1930-2004) at the Kuntsi Museum of modern art in Vaasa this summer.

Kain combined nature and natural phenomena, old folklore and poetic modernism and he completely epitomised the Informalist style in Finnish sculpture. Finnish wood and stone were the obvious materials for Kain.

– Sculpture should be touched. By touching them, one understands the form better. In addition to rythm, form is essential to art –

His works are still as modern and up to date as when he was creating them. For me, they represent the closeness and the strong bond to the Finnish nature; the line between some sort of mysticism and pure reality.

Here you have a small selection of Kain’s art to meditate upon :

Kain Tapper


Kain Tapper


Kain Tapper


Finnnish Summer Memories, Part II

If you drop by Helsinki on one of your trips, don’t miss the Design District Helsinki. Helsinki is paradise for any design lover, what I love about this city is that you have good design everywhere ! Helsinki was also awarded the World Design Capital in 2012.

Helsinki design districtThe Design District is a creative melting pot in the heart of the city, an area full of design and antique shops, fashion stores, museums, art galleries, restaurants and showrooms. A place where you can find  interesting new names, avant-garde, trend-setters and more.

-creativity, uniqueness, experiences, design and Finnish urban culture in one district –

design district helsinkiIn the heart of District is the Design Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Forum Finland, a gallery and a shop that presents the latest trends in Finnish Design.

helsinki design district


Finnish Summer Memories, Part I

I’ve been around in Finland for soon 5 weeks, visiting friends and family, but also expoloring art and design. I will be posting some of the things that I found interesting during my stay here. You will find more updates and pictures on my Instagram account, do follow me if you see the world in the same terms as me !

First out in this serie is Gösta Serlachius Contemporary Art Museum in Mänttä, Finland designed by architectural firm MX_SI. The project is a result of an international architecture competition won by a Mexico + Slovenia team, based in Barcelona. Gösta’s Pavillion is an example of European cooperation, a fantastic spirit of the global times !

 Gösta Serlachius Contemporary Art Museum

The sensitive architecture of the timber-frame extension has won awards both in Finland and abroad. The firm added vertical wooden mullions to the exterior to evoke the trunks of trees in the surrounding park. I personally love the idea of a strong connection with the surrounding landscape.

art museum Gösta

“The project is conceptualised as an abstract and dense forest,” said the architects in a statement.

art museum Gösta

The winning design for the Helsinki Guggenheim

Helsinki GuggenheimThe Paris architect firm ‘Moreau Kusunaki Architects‘ is the winner of the Guggenheim Helsinki Project. Their proposal, titeled Art in the City is a black lighthouse of a breathtaking design with a strong Finnish character. It is an environmentally-concious building made of locally sourced timber and glass. It will be situated near the Observatory Park, connected to the pavillions and the South harbour.

Helsinki Guggenheim

This is fantastic news for all people loving art and architecture and it is obviously  a big day for Helsinki and for the whole Scandinavian art market ! The adventure now continues…

Helsinki GuggenheimPhotos VIA

Kiasma, Museum of contemporary art in Helsinki

Here is a selection from the art exhibition Kiasma Hits at the Kiasma museum of contemporary art in Helsinki, Finland. Kiasma Hits is a tribute to Finnish contemporary art, it is a very interesting exhibit and well worth seeing, especially for those who love art installations.

KiasmaKiasma Museum, Helsinki
KiasmaTimo Heino
kiasma Giovanni Anselmo
KiasmaAnni Rapinoja

All photos are personal

Thread and Paper Exhibition

This time I want to share with you a piece of the current arts scene in Finland ! This show presents Finnish and International artists working with photographic images, video and paper art.

I thought it was quite interesting so here is the selection of my preferred pieces :


The Kuntsi Museum Vaasa, Finland



Ulla Jokisalo (Finland)



Anna-Karin Furunes (Norway)



Charlotte Brown (UK)



Flore Gardner (France)

All photos are personal

Let’s discover Tiensivu !

I promised you news from the fashion/arts scene in Finland. Tiensivu is one of the newest brands to have entered the Finnish fashion scene. I discovered it only about a week ago even though it was created in September. I love their incredible and arty illustrations inspired by Finnish folklore as well as their brilliant idea to reuse and transform old clothes into something more modern.