The Bank of Finland will open its doors to culture for four days in May. Visual art, music, literature and film will be presented in the main building of the Bank of Finland (Snellmaninaukio, Helsinki) and in the Bank of Finland Museum (Snellmaninkatu 2).

“It will be the first time we have offered such diverse coverage of culture in the Bank of Finland. In addition, the programme will also feature short presentations on financial topics,” says Erkki Liikanen, Governor of the Bank of Finland.

At the event, music and visual art will complement each other. Music performances will be given by the young, gifted pianists Maria Hämäläinen, Anton Mejias, Tarmo Peltokoski, Ossi Tanner and Aleksei Zaitsev. There will be three piano concerts each day. The pianists have been brought together by Niklas Pokki, Lecturer of Piano Music at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy.

The art exhibition to be held in the main building will feature familiar art classics, such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Aino triptych. In addition, the public will see works by Ville Andersson, Paul Gustafsson, Kristian Krokfors and Anna Retulainen, from among the most recent art acquisitions, and selections from the art collection, which contains nearly 1,200 works. Also on display will be works by representatives of Constructivism, including Göran Augustson, Juhana Blomstedt and Jorma Hautala as well as Pentti Kaskipuro and his students Outi Heiskanen, Elina Luukanen and Esa Riipa. The exhibition is curated by art expert Markku Valkonen. Members of the Bank of Finland’s art club will act as guides. Many of the art works can also be viewed online

In addition to culture, visitors can also enjoy short presentations by Bank of Finland and Financial Supervisory Authority experts as well as the main building and history of the Bank of Finland.

Discussions will also be held in the Bank of Finland Museum during the open doors event. The theme of the discussion beginning at 14.00 on Saturday, 26 May will be books dealing with 1918. The participants will be Professor Emeritus Seppo Hentilä and writers Anneli Kanto and Antti Tuuri. The film “The Finns and Money – A Love Story”, directed by the legendary and versatile film expert Peter von Bagh, will be screened at 12.30 and 14.45 on Sunday, 27 May. Before the first screening, film director Aki Kaurismäki and musical artist Sakari Kuosmanen will discuss the life’s work of Peter von Bagh. The discussion will be shown as a video recording before the second screening. The Bank of Finland Museum events will be hosted by Governor Erkki Liikanen.

The open doors event will take place at following times:

Friday                25 May 2018 at 14.00–20.00
Saturday           26 May 2018 at 11.00–17.00
Sunday              27 May 2018 at 11.00–17.00
Monday            28 May 2018 at 14.00–20.00

The last visitors will be admitted one hour before closing time.

For further information, please contact:
Communications Specialist Eeva Kristiina Lahtinen, tel. +358 9 183 2908,
Chair of the Art Club Jukka Valle, tel. +358 9 183 2617,