Markku Keränen: Kesäkerroin, tempera, 150 cm x 290 cm, 2017. Photo by: Rauno Träskelin

The Finnish Painters´ Union is celebrating its 90th anniversary by staging a wide-ranging series of exhibitions throughout 2019. These exhibitions and associated events present the diversity of the art of painting and bring it to the public in 18 different locations around the country. The focus of the celebrations is the art of painting as expressed through painters, and during this anniversary year the public will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy its strength and its ability to impress.



The anniversary celebrations began in Lahti Art Museum already in the autumn 2018 when Fresh Paint in Lahti – The 90th Anniversary Exhibition of the Finnish Painters’ Union was on show.

The series of juried jubilee exhibitions continues at the Lappeenranta Art Museum with an exhibition titled Fresh Paint in Lappeenranta – The 90th Anniversary Exhibition of the Finnish Painters’ Union. The exhibition opened on 19 January 2019 and runs until 28 April 2019.

The exhibition in the Lappeenranta Art Museum includes works by the following 24 artists: Erika Adamsson (Turku), Riikka Ahlfors (Helsinki), Tyko Elo (Helsinki), Anssi Hanhela (Oulu), Selma Haro (Turku), Kaija Hinkula (Oulu), Emmu Johansson (Helsinki) , Markku Keränen (Espoo), Sari Koski-Vähälä (Helsinki), Jarmo Kukkonen (Hollola), Hannele Kumpulainen (Helsinki), Helena Laine (Pori), Riikka Lenkkeri (Mänttä), Katri Mononen (Nokia), Paula Ollikainen (Tampere) , Kimi Pakarinen (Helsinki), André Peterdi (Turku), Mari Rantanen (Stockholm, Sweden), Satu Rautiainen (Helsinki), Mikko Rekonen (Helsinki), Elina Ruohonen (Turku), Jukka Siikala (Helsinki), Ville-Veikko Viikilä ( Lahti) and Jenni Yppärilä (Tampere).



Carousel is a completely new and bold exhibition concept that will be on show at the tm•gallery in Helsinki August 15th – Sept. 8 th 2019. Every day, a new selection of art works will be displayed, with the gallery presenting works by one or three artists daily. For 25 days, visitors can experience a revolving carousel of the artworks of 59 artists.

These artists, who had to sign up to take part in the exhibitions, are members of the Finnish Painters’ Union, and were selected by means of a lottery. The concept of using a lottery enables a diverse presentation of the art of painting. At the same time, it also involves the question of how to choose artists: either by way of curating or randomly. We are waiting with great excitement for the outcome.



In October 2019, the art of painting will be presented around Finland. Local artists’ organisations in 17 different locations will hold exhibitions or other events related to painting. These exhibitions will display works created by members of the Painters’ Union who are living in the area.

The events of the anniversary exhibition weeks will take place in the following municipalities: Rovaniemi, Oulu, Seinäjoki, Kuopio, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Hämeenlinna, Hyvinkää, Lahti, Lohja, Järvenpää, Loviisa, Porvoo, Espoo, Vantaa and Helsinki.



Members of the Finnish Painters´ Union will open their studios to the public all over Finland Oct. 26th – 27th 2019. In the early autumn, a website will be activated giving information about the studios, by location, that are open to the public.


In the spring of 2019, the tm•gallery of the Finnish Painters’ Union will present itself at international art fairs in Helsinki and in Stockholm:

SUPERMARKET 2019 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair
April 4th –7 th 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
tm•gallery artists exhibiting at the fair: Henni Alftan (Paris, France), Arvid Hedin (Vihti), Raija Malka (Lisbon, Portugal) & Ville-Veikko Viikilä (Lahti)

ART FAIR FINLAND – International Contemporary Art Festival
May 23rd – 26th 2019 Cable Factory, Helsinki
tm•gallery artists exhibiting at the fair: Sampo Apajalahti (Helsinki), Eeva-Leena Eklund (Helsinki), Noora Nio-Juss (Helsinki) & Jouni Toni (Tampere)


For more information:
The Finnish Painters’ Union
Erottajankatu 9, 00130 Helsinki


Director Alina Mänttäri tel. +358 44 766 4504, [email protected]
Chair Marja-Liisa Jokitalo, tel. +358 40 725 7839, [email protected]
Exhibition Coordinator Katariina Lager, tel. +358 44 722 0735, [email protected]

– 90th Anniversary Exhibition at Lappeenranta Art Museum:

Other anniversary events:



– Founded in 1929, the Finnish Painters´ Union is a nationwide association of over 1,300 professional painters. It promotes the visual arts and the professional and social interests of artists, and provides its members with various services. The aim of the Union´s diverse range of exhibitions is to reach out to different audiences interested in art, and to lower the threshold for learning about the visual arts. In a typical year, 40,000 to 44,000 visitors become acquainted with the union’s exhibition activities.

The Finnish Painters’ Union´s tm•gallery, art materials and supplies and its office are located in the centre of Helsinki. Address: Erottajankatu 9, 00130 Helsinki.