Kuvan Kevät 2020

Kuvan Kevät 2020: Uniarts Helsinki's Academy of Fine Arts MFA Degree Show

Kuvan Kevät is the annual MFA Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. Kuvan Kevät presents new works by emerging artists from the Academy’s all four subject areas (Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Time and Space Arts). Year 2020 Kuvan Kevät showcases works by 39 art students that are finishing their MFA degree.

In the year 2020 the exhibition will be rescheduled to autumn 2020 due to the Coronavirus and will be organized on 10.10.–8.11.2020.

On this page we will inform of all schedule changes.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no opening reception this year. The exhibition includes events and guided tours, which are organised in full compliance with the safety regulations concerning the pandemic.

Helsinki Art Walk
Sunday 25.10. at 13:30: Project Room
Sunday 8.11. at 13:30: Exhibition Laboratory
Kuvan Kevät 2020 in English! Join the Helsinki Art Walk guided tours to Project Room and Exhibition Laboratory. Departure from MUU Gallery at 13:30, Lönnrotinkatu 33.

Gallery Wednesday 4.11.
On the event day our galleries have elongated their opening hours until 20:00. Welcome!

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Performance: paikannan tilaa sen sielut seinillä

28.10., 29.10. and 30.10.
Performance ongoing from 15 to 18.
1-2 person(s) in at the same time with the performers.

Performers: Henri Tuulasjärvi and Ida Sofia Fleming
Sound support: Ville Kabrell
Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36 C

Timo Viialainen: Engagement

Performance & informative gathering about electricity

Almost every building that we spend time in has a closet in which you can find the most wondrous object of all. It is a handle, switch or a button that will cut the electricity off when pushed. After the electricity is cut the equipment with batteries will also eventually die out. It is possible to cut the electricity from every space that has it for the flow of electricity is always behind some main switch.

Main switches have historically been used to ensure safe electrical repair and installation work but also in emergencies, rescue operations, bank robberies, crowd control and for one reason or another to suddenly end unwanted events like political or religious gatherings and electrically amplified noisy music events such as rock concerts especially in the era of punk and later on electronic music events such as techno parties and so forth. Often the decision to cut the electricity is done spontaneously in an ongoing situation and under pressure. Probably one of the reasons to this has been the fact that it has been a tool that is quite easily available and its impact is so immediate and effective.

I’ve looked into an opportunity to use this immediate and effective tool in the current situation where the digital hardware of public spaces is often entrusted to multiple companies or operators and the decentralization of the overall situation’s control creates a great basis for achieving the goals of engaging digitalization. As a result of various consultations, I’ve gotten the permission to go through with an artistic work in which by pushing a button it is possible to turn off the electricity in the Exhibition Laboratory gallery. The Engagement performance is based on these consultations and its goal is to reach the experiential knowledge and non-knowledge of the forces that affect us and the devices around us.


Thursday 22.10. 19:00
Thursday 5.11. 19:00
Saturday 7.11. 19:00

Duration approx. 40 min

Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36 C, 00150 Helsinki

The performances have free entrance but since the number of participants is limited, we kindly ask you to sing up for the performance.

Kuvan Kevät blog

The Kuvan Kevät blog is in action! In the year 2020 the bloggers are two Master's Degree students in Painting: Eva Lamppu and Val Smets. Read the blog here.

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Exhibition Laboratory

Merimiehenkatu 36 C

00150, Helsinki

Permanently closed

Exhibition Laboratory B

Merimiehenkatu 36 B

00150, Helsinki

Permanently closed

Project Room

Lönnrotinkatu 35

00180, Helsinki

Open Tue–Sun 11–18