Get to know ARS FENNICA 2023 candidates. In addition to presenting the candidates, the artists talk about their work and artistic views.Continue reading
Audience chose Viggo Wallensköld as their favorite artist
The exhibition was visited by about 8,300 guests, who had the opportunity to vote for their own favorite artist.Continue reading
2021 ARS FENNICA award for Eija-Liisa Ahtila
“Ahtila has always bridged disciplines and shows us alternate viewpoints on things. The artist has created a more balanced image of life on our planet. For example trees can be protagonists in her stories”, says Hans Ulrich Obrist, who chose the winner this year.Continue reading
Video: The Announcement of the Winner 3.3.2022
Watch a video from the announcement event 3.3.2022 at Hämeenlinna Art Museum.Continue reading
For the Love of Art – Promoting Nordic Fine Arts for 30 years
How did Ars Fennica get its start? The film opens up the origin of why a fine art award was needed in Finland over 30 years ago.Continue reading
Exhibition 2021 opening
ARS FENNICA 2021 candidate exhibition was opened on 15th October 2021 at Hämeenlinna Art Museum. See photos and from the opening.Continue reading
2021 Candidate Videos: Viggo Wallensköld
When a create a painting, it somehow entails a world – with the human figure and their environment.Continue reading
VIDEOS – Announcing Candidates for 2021
Katso videot ehdokkaiden julkistustilaisuudesta 17.8.2021 Hämeenlinnan raatihuoneella. Ehdokkaiden esittelyn lisäksi taiteilijat kertovat työskentelystään ja teoksistaan.Continue reading
ARS Fennica 30th anniversary
ARS FENNICA, Finland’s most prestigious art award, is presented by the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation, established in 1990. Presented in recognition of an outstanding and distinctive contribution to the visual arts, the prize marks its 30th anniversary this year. In honour of the occasion, the winner will receive an enhanced monetary prize of EUR 50,000. The anniversary year will also be marked with an exhibition and exhibition catalogue.
The past three decades have seen 157 Nordic, Baltic and St Petersburg-based artists nominated for the ARS FENNICA award. In total, the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation has presented 26 main prizes, two lifetime achievement awards and one award for an early career artist.
This year’s shortlisted nominees are Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland), Anne-Karin Furunes (Norway), Jesper Just (Denmark), Viggo Wallensköld (Finland) and Magnus Wallin (Sweden).
An exhibition of works by the nominees is soon to go on display at Hämeenlinna Art Museum. Titled ARS FENNICA 2021, the exhibition will run from 15 October 2021 until 3 April 2022.
The winner will be announced on 10 February 2022.
Since 1995, the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation’s significant collection of contemporary art, comprising several works by previous ARS FENNICA shortlistees, has been housed at Hämeenlinna Art Museum, in the founders’ hometown.
Petri Ala-Maunus was voted visitors’ choice of the ARS FENNICA 2019 exhibition
A total of 77 300 people, who visited Amos Rex’s first summer exhibition, had the opportunity to vote for their favourite work. Petri Ala-Maunus’ works attracted the largest number of votes.Continue reading