The Hjelt Lecture Series

The main initiative of the lecture series is to offer an international approach to the Finnish art scene by presenting speakers with various views on the topic of art. The lecture series are open to the public, from art enthusiasts, students and professors, to collectors, gallerists and other professionals within the field.

Säynätsalo Talks | Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall

Time: 28 May 2018 at 15.00
Venue: Säynätsalo Town Hall, Council Chamber, Säynätsalo

In the fall of 2017, eleven Master of Architecture students from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design travelled to Finland with professor Toshiko Mori, to conduct research on the Säynätsalo Town Hall and the work of Alvar Aalto.

Harvard MArch

Photographer: Toshiko Mori

They spent the semester contemplating the future role of a town hall that had lost its original programmatic and symbolic functions due to the redistricting of regional townships.

In these talks professor Toshiko Mori discussed the working process and key findings of the architecture studio. Florence Lam and Benjamin Hayes, Master’s Students in Architecture, presented their fresh views on the future of the Säynätsalo Town Hall.

The Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall talks included a poster exhibition at the Säynätsalo Town Hall.

Detailed program
Facebook: Säynätsalo Talks

The Talks are organised by Hjelt Art Foundation in collaboration with Alvar Aalto Foundation, ArtekCity of Jyväskylä and Tavolo Bianco Oy.

Artek Talks Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall by Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Time: May 29, 2018 
Venue: 
Artek Helsinki Store, Helsinki

Professor Toshiko Mori discussed the working process and key findings of the architecture studio. Florence Lam and Benjamin Hayes, Master’s Students in Architecture, presented their fresh views on the future of the Säynätsalo Town Hall.

Opening of the Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at the Artek Helsinki Store until mid-June.

Architecture in the Future in Cities – Towards New

Time: November 8 and 9, 2017
Venues: The Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki and Brinkkala Mansion, Turku

Photographer: Victoria Monjo

What is the role of art in exploring the possibilities of new buildings? Can museums shape the way we experience art? Can architecture add to the learning experience in schools? What will the cities of the future look like? How can architects and citizens together shape our future cities?

Designing a museum or a school is an exciting architectural challenge. In this talk the Finnish architect Eero Lundén outlined some of the architectural challenges in designing public buildings, transport hubs and visions for cities, described his methods and working processes, and provided examples of architecture and urban design for the future within and beyond Finland.

Eero Lundén (b.1982) is an architect FRSA and the founder of Lundén Architecture Company based in Helsinki. The office is focused on researching the possibilities of new technologies and cross-disciplinary cooperation in creating new visionary buildings and urban environments.

The talks were organised in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Bryggman Institute.

Towards the Unbound Museum

Photographer: SMK

Time: May 23, 2017
Venue: Ateneum Hall, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki

The digitised museum has opened up an experimental space not defined by architecture and opening hours and more or less undefined by curatorial perspectives.

But what are the challenges of the thus unbound museum in terms of curatorial authority as well as in terms of finances and legal issues?

What do we risk losing by giving almost unlimited access to digitized collections? What can be gained? And how far do we want to go towards the unbound museum?

Dr. Mikkel Bogh, art historian and director of Statens Museum for Kunst SMK in Copenhagen, gave an inspiring talk on the challenges and gains towards the unbound museum.

This talk took as a starting point experiences with open access and strategic developments such as the newly launched project SMK Open at Statens Museum for Kunst. The talk was organised in collaboration with Ateneum Art Museum and Hjelt Art Foundation.