Public Art at Aalto University

KIRSI KIVIVIRTA "STAGE" 2019 (Image: Mikko Raskinen)
"Stage" -art work by artist Kirsi Kivirta at the entry of the School of Business at Aalto University. Image: Mikko Raskinen.

Public Art at Aalto University

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.

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 Senior Specialist Outi Turpeinen together with the Aalto community.

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

Public art at Aalto 

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.

Further information

Outi Turpeinen, Senior Specialist (art & exhibitions)

Aalto University  

[email protected], +358 50 4314194

Kristina Riska "inevitableprogress I & II’ 2020. (Image: Mikko Raskinen)

Radical Creativity

Art works at Aalto University Töölö react to the many details and materials of the renovated spaces. They respect the past and propose diverse angles for the future. With its public art concept for the building, ‘Radical creativity’, Aalto University seeks to create a sense of contrast in the historical building and its visually impressive interior.

Public Art
Tatu Tuominen "Multiple Exposure (No. 1)" 2015

Human Approach

Human Approach – the art collection at the School of Business

Public Art
Kirsi Kaulanen «Lumen» 2018 (Image: Mikko Raskinen)

Global Equality

Global Equality Art Collection at Väre

Public Art
Hans-Cristian Berg: Color Space 2017. Dipoli

Radical Nature

Dipoli Art Collection 2017

Public Art
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