Art and Museum Centre Sinkka, which opened in 2012, is home to the Kerava Museum and the Kerava Art Museum. Sinkka showcases works from the designers of the Keravan Puusepäntehdas cabinetmakers factory and the lamp and light-fixture factory Orno interlaced with contemporary art and the latest trends in visual arts. In addition to the exhibitions and events Sinkka’s guests can enjoy the Museum Shop and Café or book private events from small-scale meetings to large functions.
Discover Sinkka, just 20 minutes from Helsinki
Kerava is located about 30 kilometers from Helsinki city center. You can access Kerava by local trains R, Z, K, N and D (from Helsinki), by R (from Tampere), by Z (from Lahti). Sinkka is about 600 meters from the Kerava Train station.
All rooms open to public are accessible with assistance for persons with disabilities. There is a free car park behind the building. The café and museum shop follow the same opening hours as the museum.
Exceptions to opening hours:
June 23-25 closed
July 3 – Aug 3 closed
Oct 30 – Nov 10 closed
Dec 6th and 22-24th closed
Dec 31 11am–4pm
Adults: €6, Students, seniors: €4, Children under 18: free
We accept the Finnish Museum Card, Museokortti.
Please note that admission is free on the first Sunday of the month.
Bookings for guided tours and rooms for functions
You can book an english speaking guide for you or for your group.
Guided tours: On weekdays during opening hours €45, on weekdays outside opening hours €75, weekends during opening hours €90.
Sinkka is also available for private functions such as meetings and parties.
For more information and bookings please contact + 358 (0)40 3184300 / sinkka(a)Kerava.fi
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Along the highway – Kerava 100 years ago
11/11/2017 – 14/1/2018
Born on loam soil, Kerava at the time of Finland’s independence in 1917 was a small community on the side of the railroad, a countryside building its first factories, shops, villas and other settlements.
Kerava Museum’s exhibition transports the viewer along the Old Highway past old settlements and the borough founded in 1924. The historic milieu also expands into Kerava city space to be read on mobile devices.
Graffiti is a strong part of modern urban culture, the art of letters along highways. The materials used are usually marker pens or the technically surprisingly challenging spray paint. But what happens when the letters disappear and all that is left is an abstract shape? Post-graffiti is born.
Post-graffiti emerges from the visual lexicon of graffiti but stretches the style’s boundaries. It morphs into glass sculptures or flamboyantly colourful surfaces. The German world renown graffiti artist MadC’s graffiti is still based on variations of her artist name. But in her works spray paint has morphed into eloquent lines and opaque layers reminiscent of watercolours. MadC named the mural she created on Sinkka’s façade Free at Last.
The artworks on show are part of the For the Love of Freedom exhibition, which finished at the end of October. The artists were selected by the Kerava based graffiti artist Jouni Väänänen.
Yusuke Asai | Christine Candolin | Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez | Oliver Godow | Paavo Halonen | Mathilde ter Heijne | Hideki Iinuma | Jussi TwoSeven | Tomoko Konoike | Shiriagari Kotobuki | Yuji Ohta | Kustaa Saksi | Ayumi Tanaka | Marjatta Tapiola | Jorinde Voigt
Echoes from the Past is part of an exhibition series celebrating its tenth anniversary, called The Artists’ Kalevala, created by The Kalevala Society. The exhibition has been organised in conjunction with The Kalevala Society, The Finnish Institute in Japan and The Finnish Institute in Germany. This exhibition has been compiled by Curator Kenji Kubota, Dr. Christine Nippe and the Director of the Kerava Art Museum Arja Elovirta.
Image: Hideki Iinuma, Ilmatar, 2017
Past exhibitions 2017
For the Love of Freedom
5/8/2017 – 29/10/2017
A museum exhibition focusing solely on Graffiti Art has never before been organised in Finland – at least the graffiti writers feel overshadowed by Street Art and other forms of visual arts. Graffiti Art differs from Street Art in both tradition, attitude as well as through its aesthetic aims.
Letters are at the heart of graffiti, usually the writer’s or crew’s tag. Writers usually use marker pens or spray paint, which requires more skill and experience, as their materials. In Street Art the medium and materials change to suit the concept of the artwork. The letter-based images that spread out into the world from Philadelphia, New York and other major U.S. cities, has grown from the marking of territory to large-scale pieces, but still, their creators call themselves writers.
The exhibition For the Love of Freedom presents work from the international superstar MadC and about twenty front-runners of Finnish Graffiti Art. Visitors can also view a photographic journey into the history of Finnish graffiti. Stylistically the artworks move from the ‘old school’ influences, that arrived in Finland with hip hop, to abstract colour surfaces and glass sculptures which lean towards the post graffiti movement.
5.8. MadC | Claudia Walde: The Concept of Style (in English)
13.9. Jouni Väänänen: Condemned buildings as the playing field for art and culture
27.9. Jani Tolin: The history of graffiti from the 1970’s to the present
4.10. Anssi Arte: Forms of Rocking – the established typefaces of graffiti
The lectures are arranged in collaboration with the Kerava Youth College.
Green Land – Blooming City 1/4.–2/7.2017
Jan-Erik Andersson | Axel Antas | Michiko Erkola | Ernst Haeckel | Ilkka Halso | Merja Heino | Hanna Husberg | Kati Immonen | Aino Kajaniemi | Jouna Karsi | Ritva Kovalainen | Kristiina Nyrhinen | Eggert Pétursson | Raimo Saarinen | Pia Sirén | Sanni Seppo | Jennifer Steinkamp | Salla Tykkä | Marjukka Vainio | Suvi Ylinen
For our forefathers living on the savannah greenery meant food, water and protection. Our cells “remember” this, even if we now live in cities. All of us need birdsong, flowering trees and life-bearing greenness. On the anniversary of our Finnish independence the Kerava Art Museum, through this exhibition, celebrates the good energy created by nature.
The exhibition includes plant installations, photographs, 3D-animation, moss walls and air purifying green design elements. In addition to top names in Finnish art, the exhibition includes part of, the Los Angelean artist, Jennifer Steinkamp’s dazzling Botanic-installation, which was seen spreading through the New York cityscape last spring. As the clock neared midnight in May 2016, all of the digital screens, in Times Square New York, were transformed into a pulsating sea of flowers.
Steinkamp’s work refers to a classification and human centric way of thinking present in the 1700’s, where nature was seen as a pantry for humans and a stimulant producer for the people. The developer of the plant and animal classification system Carl von Linné (1707─78) and his student, Pehr Kalm (1716─79) also known as the father of Finnish horticulture believed, that plants were intermediaries of divine providence. Plants grew in places where they could best benefit the health and well-being of people.
The interest in botany went hand in hand with the ”conquest of new continents”. Burgeoning kalmias and other plant species brought back to Finland from Pehr Kalm’s explorations, can be seen in Jan-Erik Andersson’s plant installation. In Salla Tykkä’s video artwork, beauty and colonisation become entwined. In the video a giant waterlily, which European explorer’s found in South America at the beginning of the 1800’s, blooms. The nightly spectacle of the blossoming, in the confines of a greenhouse, was first experienced in 1849. Its scientific name, Victoria amazonica, was given to the lily in honour of Queen Victoria.
Today, nature conservation is not justified by the well-being of humans, but with the well-being of nature. The German Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919), widely regarded as the man who launched ecology and the creator of an exceptional series of lithographs depicting the art of nature, believed that humans with their culture and belief systems were an integral and indistinguishable part of nature, not its master, nor its servant. When sketching an image of the radiozoa, Haeckel considered the movement of his hand to be a kin to the movement of the protozoa.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publishing of Maahenki’s book, Vihreä päänsärky (Green Headache), where the renowned selection of writers ponder the relationship between nature, humans and art, as well as introduce green art as a new concept. According to professor Yrjö Sepänmaa the use of live plants is one of the hallmarks of green art. The used material is alive or at least organic like plants, but he points out, that plants can also be imitated with artificial flowers, trees and grass.
According to Sepänmaa green walls, green roofs and more widely green areas can also be considered green art. Taking part in the Kerava Art Museum exhibition are moss walls created by the Hyvinkää based Vihersisustus Luwasan (Green Interior Design Luwasan). Also on show are intelligent green walls that purify the air and bring nature inside, created by the Jyväskylä based Naava Ltd. Artist Hanna Husberg also considers this theme in her artwork The world indoors (2015). The plants used in her installation purify interior air and remind us that ” We are all breathers – from our first breath to the last.”
Mimicking the theme of the exhibition and the book Vihreä päänsärky (Green Headache) is the Blooming City Green Seminar (Viherseminaari Kukkiva kaupunki), which is being organised in the Keuda Aimo hall in Kerava on the 15th of June, 12.30–18. What is the city in 2050? Hear the latest visions and take part in the conversation.
Image: Jennifer Steinkamp, Botanic 2, 2016, digital animation (still image)
Yarn Visions 26/11/2016 – 19/3/2017
Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Jenni Haili, Liisa Hietanen, Hyäryllistä-group, Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir, Elina Juopperi, Sanna Majander, Niina Mantsinen, Melek Mazici, Annukka Mikkola, OLEK & Michelle P. Dodson, Kaija Papu, Ulla Pohjola, Sonja Salomäki, Noora Schroderus, Suvi Solkio, Minna Soraluoma, Daina Taimina, Tuija Teiska, Timo Tähkänen, Sanni Weckman
The Yarn Visions exhibition focuses on knitted, crocheted, tufted and embroidered works of art. Contemporary artists generate new spirit into old handicraft traditions. One of the most famous artists in the exhibition is New York based Olek (Agata Oleksiak, b. 1978). Together with refugees, immigrants and local women she wrapped a whole house with pink crochets in the centre of Kerava. Since the beginning of August Our Pink House has reminded of the importance of home, hope and dreams.
Other international artists are Russian Tanya Akhmetgalieva (b. 1983), Icelandic Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir (b. 1962), and Latvian mathematician Daina Taimina (b. 1954) now holding a professorship at Cornell University. Taimina has crocheted hyperbolic forms to make geometric equations more understandable. The White cloud, carried out with the assistance of Latvian volunteers, is accompanied by beautiful pink forms crocheted by residents of Kerava.
Finnish artists also have a strong hold on yarn-based visual arts. Niina Mantsinen’s (b. 1986) graffiti rugs with bold, street art expression are accompanied by Kaija Papu’s (b. 1980) crocheted police car. Papu has searched material for her latest needlepoint works from the adult entertainment pages on the Internet under “romantic love”. Liisa Hietanen’s (b. 1981) impressive, near hyper-realistic “Villagers” blend in with the public. Her portrayal of everyday commodities is striking.
The Yarn Visions exhibition includes a strong participatory aspect. After the completion of Our Pink House the capable hands of the volunteers have crocheted for Daina Taimina and created a harvest installation of yarn. Textile design students from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences invite the audience to supplement their Baltic Sea installation and to raise marine pollution awareness.
The exhibition is curated by Doctor of Arts Minna Haveri.
The Heikkilä Local History Museum
The museum demonstrates typical living conditions in the province from the mid- 19th centure up to the 1930s. The verdant Museum gardens are in strak contrast to the urban hustle and bustle of Kerava town centre and a reminder of the slow and self-sufficient lifestyle of the past centuries.
Heikkilä Local History Museum is open in the summer and for groups by appointment.
+ 358 40 318 2042 or ragni.reichardt(a)kerava.fi
Open in the summer 18.6.–13.8.2017
Sun 10am–3pm (closed 25th of June)
Heikkilä Local History Museum
Museopolku 1, 04200 Kerava