15 May 2024


The Early Years of Gallery Augusta & Nordic Arts Centre / Interview of Maaretta Jaukkuri

On Wednesday 29th May between 15:00-17:00 we will interview Maaretta Jaukkuri, who worked as the first Head of Exhibitions of the Nordic Arts Centre in Suomenlinna. The interview will focus on the centre’s early years and some of the exhibitions that Maaretta Jaukkuri curated during her tenure there (1983-1989). We will also learn about Maaretta’s current endeavours, including the Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation’s residency in Lofoten.

Maaretta Jaukkuri’s generous and bold approach to curating has greatly inspired numerous artists and curators over the past decades, especially in the Nordic region. She was the first Head of Exhibitions at the Nordic Arts Centre in Suomenlinna from 1983 to 1989, and afterwards became the Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (known as Kiasma since 1998). She conceived the programme “Art and Common Space” for the Art Academy of Trondheim, where she worked as a professor. She has also served as the Artistic Director of Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo and as a professor of the Praxis curatorial programme at Uniarts Helsinki. Some of her notable curatorial projects include the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1988, the first solo exhibition of Hilma af Klint at the Nordic Arts Centre in 1988, the Ars 1995 and Ars 2001 exhibitions in Helsinki, and the Artscape Nordland international sculpture programme. A residency programme run by the Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation was initiated in 2018 in Kvalnes, Lofoten Islands.

Event location: HIAP Community Space (adjacent to HIAP Gallery Augusta), Suomenlinna B 28/2

Maaretta Jaukkuri will be interviewed by HIAP’s Director Juha Huuskonen and board member Satu Herrala. The event will be recorded and the recording as well as the transcription will be made available later on. The language of the event is English.

The event is also an opportunity to see Kaamos, an exhibition by Daniel Malpica at HIAP Gallery Augusta. The exhibition will exceptionally stay open until 18:00.