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.

Mitt liv i skulptur

Time: November 16 and 17, 2016 
Venues: The National Museum of Finland, Helsinki and Humanisticum, Turku

The renowned Swedish sculptor Mr. Gudmar Olovson, gave two talks about his life and sculpting in Swedish with the title “Mitt liv i skulptur”.

Gudmar Olovson (1936-2017) was born in Boden, Sweden. He grew up in Stockholm where he received his training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. After spending time in Florence and Rome, Gudmar Olovson moved to Paris in 1960, where he established his atelier. His many well-known sculpted portraits include those of Carl XVI Gustaf King of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Pope John Paul II, Charles de Gaulle and Ingrid Bergman. He received a number of international awards for his art.

The seminars were a collaboration between The National Museum of Finland, Åbo Akademi University Foundation and Hjelt Art Foundation.

Art Approaching Science and Religion

Time: May 12, 2016
Venue: Sibelius Museum, Turku

As part of the Hjelt Lecture series Mr. Kent Bloomer, Founder of Bloomer Studio and Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Yale attended the symposium Art Approaching Religion and Science.

Professor Bloomer presented his timeless approach on ornaments, both historically and how they translate into the modern society and architecture.

Exhibiting Ai Weiwei

Time:  May 16, 2015
Venue: HAM (Helsinki Art Museum), Helsinki

Presenting his personal view on the man behind the artist Ai Weiwei, Gereon Sievernich, Director of the Martin-Groupius-Bau in Berlin, gave the audience a wide perspective on the work Weiwei have produced over the years and how the political climate of China and the rest of the world have affected the artist Ai Weiwei.