Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA's programme for Fall 2022 is now published!

Jaakko Pietiläinen: Shrouds have no pockets, 2020. © Paula Virta / EMMA
Jaakko Pietiläinen: Shrouds have no pockets, 2020. © Paula Virta / EMMA

The autumn programme at EMMA looks into the crystal ball of art and design. Artists have the ability to address key issues of their time and foresee possible pathways to the future. Exhibitions opening in autumn 2022 explore a dialogue between contemporary art and technology and look at design from fresh perspectives. The autumn also features events that aim to deepen the exhibition experience for visitors of all ages.

The Crystal Ball theme at EMMA continues in autumn 2022 with the exhibition In Search of the Present, which launches the autumn season in August. Featuring works by sixteen international visionaries of contemporary art, the show is an immersive exploration of the relationship between nature and technology, and between human thinking and artificial intelligence. Expert presentations in the accompanying EMMA Talks series will provide background to the artworks and information about their creators. At the two-day Research Forum in September, Aalto University researchers and students will present their works on themes related to the exhibition, such as artificial intelligence and algorithms.  

Visual art, music and AI 

The first EMMA Talk of the autumn takes place at the opening of the In Search of the Present exhibition on Saturday, 27 August 2022, when artists Sougwen Chung and Jakob Kudsk Steensen discuss art and artificial intelligence with Holly Herndon, an experimental electronic music composer who will perform at the Helsinki Festival. Conducted in English, the discussion will be moderated by Marko Ahtisaari, artistic director of the Helsinki Festival. Check out the speakers and schedules of the other expert presentations of the In Search of the Present exhibition here. 

New perspectives on Finnish design 

Exhibitions towards the end of the season offer treasures for lovers of Finnish design. Opening in October, the Tapio Wirkkala – Form exhibition highlights Wirkkala’s uniqueness as a versatile artist and designer. In November we will celebrate the opening of the first display of Collection Kakkonen, which consists of ceramic and glass art housed permanently at EMMA by Commercial Counsellor Kyösti Kakkonen. The two exhibitions offer fresh perspectives on iconic Finnish design as well as on the work of contemporary designers. The shows come with a programme of events featuring expert meetings and guided tours that provide insight into the design and production of the exhibitions themselves.  

Creative activities for everyone from babies to grownups 

EMMA’s popular open workshops continue in the autumn with changing themes. In our Saturday workshops you can, among other things, explore coloured shadows and transform the space with digital reflections. Art Play for Babies offers activities that babies under one year can do with their parents. During the autumn school break, we will once again organise the Art Break at EMMA, with a programme designed by students of art education at Aalto University. You can also enjoy easy mind body exercises in the galleries or listen to music while touring the exhibitions. On guided queer tours, you will get a different view of the artworks, whereas the April Jazz Club series brings new and experimental jazz to the museum space.  

Take a public guided tour or book a private tour for your group 

Admission to Exhibition Centre WeeGee is always free on Fridays starting at 17:00, and on the first Friday of every month we are open until 21:00. On the other Fridays of the month, we close at 19:00. Public guided tours are held every week on Friday at 17.30 and on Sunday at 13.00. You can also book a private guided tour or workshop for yourself and your workmates or friends, or you can host a children’s birthday party at EMMA. For detailed descriptions and prices of guided tours, workshops and birthday parties, please check here. Please note that on September 1 the prices of admission to the Exhibition Centre WeeGee as well as the prices of guided tours and workshops will be updated.

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