Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo: Forests of the North Wind exhibition at K1

Forests of the North Wind is the final part of a forest trilogy based on research through photographic art by Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo, culminating their three decades of work on forest themes. The first two parts of the trilogy were Tree People (1997), an exploration into Finnish forest mythology, and Silvicultural Operations (2009), which highlighted the downsides of forestry.

Forests of the North Wind portrays our natural forests as diverse spaces and states of being that sustain life. It depicts the rich ecosystems that our northern coniferous forests are at their best. The exhibition also illustrates how forest habitats are becoming threatened and being lost.

Most of the photographs in the exhibition were taken in protected areas near Finland’s eastern border ranging from North Karelia to Lapland. Elsewhere in Finland, only small, isolated fragments of natural forest have survived.

The exhibition urges us to recognise the difference between a natural forest and a commercial forest – to use modifier words when talking about forests, as our tendency to only talk generically about forests prevents us from seeing the true state of forest habitats.

The exhibition is held at The Finnish Museum of Photography K1 from June 10 to October 2, 2022.

Opening hours:

Mon–Fri at 11 am – 8 pm
Sat–Sun at 11 am – 6 pm

About the artists

Ritva Kovalainen (b. 1959) is a photographic artist whose numerous books, short films and exhibitions are themed particularly on the human relationship with nature.

Sanni Seppo (b. 1960) is a photographic artist whose work speaks about people’s community action to defend their rights, their relationship with nature and their fragile dreams of living lives unique to themselves. She is also interested in opportunities for influence through photography and is the co-artistic director of the Festival of Political Photography.

> Read more about the exhibition

Filippa K reopened at Kämp Galleria with a new store concept

Filippa K reopened its flagship store in Helsinki with an updated store concept, embodying the fashion house’s unique take on Scandinavian identity.

The interior balances the raw and the refined by abstracting references from nature into a new expression.The concept is a collaboration between Creative Director Liisa Kessler, her Filippa K team, and Profan: the Swedish architect trio of Disa Braunerhielm, Maximilian Olsson and Anton Bogårdh.

As a nod to Liisa’s Finnish heritage, Helsinki is the first location to be redesigned with Filippa K’s new identity and display its updated logotype. The opening was the first step in the Swedish brand’s international expansion strategy which will see it entering new markets outside of Northern Europe.

The new flagship extends across two floors of Helsinki’s Kämp Galleria. The location was once home to the famous Strindberg art salon and was later transformed into an iconic café and restaurant connected by a grand staircase — the centrepiece of Filippa K’s store today.

Inspired by the Nordic sky, the ceilings mimic natural sunlight with a sustainable LED light concept. Dynamic, programmable hues dissipate through a canvas filter and bounce off the pristine white walls, filling the rooms with a 1970s warmth. The space is grounded by vibrant red-orange flooring throughout: a strong expression of Filippa K’s bold, warm minimalism.

Filippa K’s full women’s and men’s collections are sold at the Kämp Galleria flagship. Women’s ready-to-wear is available on the ground floor, while the upstairs features menswear and a selection of womenswear. Shoes and accessories are placed throughout both floors.

Goods & Services pop up in the Garden Room from April 19 to April 29

Goods & Services is an interactive pop up store made by Kasia Zofia Gorniak and Laivi. The pop up store will be open from April 19 to April 29.

Visitors can “assemble” their own T-shirts by choosing a desired back part, front part and sleeves from the printed fabric material.

T-shirts will be sewed on location and will be deliver or picked up from the pop up on April 29.

Welcome to the Goods & Services opening event on Thursday, April 21 at 17–20 o’clock!



Garden Room pop up Goods & Services

ZAZIZE by Zanele Muholi opens at K1 on February 4!

Zanele Muholi is a LGBTQIA+ activist from South Africa and one of the most noted photographers of our time. Muholi has documented the lives of colored LGBTQIA+ people in South Africa and other parts of the world during the 21st century. ZAZIZE means “to make oneself known” or “to get information” in the isiZulu language. The LGBTQIA+ term refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, queers, transgender and intersex people.

The ZAZIZE exhibition features pieces from over two decades and also offers a view to Muholi’s self-images from different eras. The themes of the exhibition discuss hate crimes, racism, exoticism and politics regarding sexuality.

The exhibit is held at The Finnish Museum of Photography K1 from Feb 4 to May 29, 2022.
Mon–Fri at 11 am – 8 pm
Sat–Sun at 11 am – 6 pm

Read more about the exhibition: https://www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en/exhibitions/zazise
Welcome to the museum safely. Read more: https://www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en/welcome-museum-safely

Desire, creativity and perishableness in the core of Desiren

The Desiren exhibit by Minni Havas is shown in the Garden Room, on the second floor of Kämp Galleria, from February 3 to February 26, 2022.

Minni is a Helsinki-based artist and a designer with a degree from fashion design. Her art work shows her interest in fashion, textiles and three-dimensional design.

The Desiren exhibit is a multilayered artistic entity of pieces that colorfully represent Minni’s relation to desire, creativity and perishableness. The art work has been inspired by the Vanitas paintings, martyrs and Latin-based phrases that describe life and death. Most of the pieces have been drawn with colored pencils or made out of textiles. This is her first private exhibit.

Minni has worked as an illustrator and a pattern designer as of 2008. Her clients include MM6 Maison Margiela, Finarte and Vimma among others, and her work has been included in several international fashion shows.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Arts Promotion Center Finland and the Finnish Illustration Association.

Exhibit is open in Garden Room from Feb 3 to Feb 26, 2022.
Wed–Fri at 12 pm – 6 pm
Saturdays at 11 am – 5 pm (or according to agreement)

Instructions for safe shopping & museum visits

Kämp Galleria’s doors are open Mon-Fri 9–19, Sat 10–18 and Sun 12–18. Access to shops, museums, cafés and restaurants remains open, but in accordance with the recommendations, the use of seating spaces in public areas is restricted. There will be no events in the shopping centre for the time being.

Our shops are open Mon-Fri 12–18, Sat 11–16 and Sun 12–16. We offer hand sanitizer in our shops and public areas. We recommend wearing a face mask and keeping a safe distance. You can wash your hands at the toilets, which you can find at street level near the entrance to Kluuvikatu and on the second floor in connection with the restaurants.

The Finnish Museum of Photography K1
K1’s exhibitions are still open to the public Mon–Fri 11–20, Sat–Sun 11–18. Please follow these safety guidelines:

  • We require everyone above 12 years old to use a face mask when visiting the K1 exhibition space located in Kämp Galleria.
  • A limited number of visitors at a time are admitted.
  • In order to ensure a less crowded time for you visit, please call us to inquire about visitor numbers. Our phone number is 040 163 3210.
  • Please only visit the museum if you are healthy. If you are experiencing symptoms of an illness or if someone in your household is ill, please postpone your visit.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap. We recommend you wash your hands in the restroom adjacent to the museum lobby at the very least before entering the museum and when leaving.
  • Please maintain a distance of at least 2 meters to other museum visitors and staff.
  • There is hand sanitizer available in several places in the lobby.
  • Please maintain general hygiene practices. If you need to cough, please cover your mouth either with your sleeve or a tissue and then put the tissue into a trash can.
  • Pay by card and use contactless payment, if possible.
  • Present your Museum Card at the card reader or check in with your Museum Card using the new Museum Card app and the QR code displayed in the lobby. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
  • The lockers in the K1 lobby are available for use and are disinfected daily.
  • We recommend that there is a maximum of 5 people at a time in the Maria Kapajeva exhibition space.


If you are experiencing symptoms of an illness or if someone in your household is ill, please postpone your visit. Thank you for helping to ensure a safe environment for all customers and those working in the shopping centre!

The Sketchbook Exhibition & Sketchbook Lunches

Exhibit at Garden Room (Kämp Galleria, 2nd floor)
Open Tue-Fri 11-18, Sat 12-16, Sun–Mon closed.

Piknik People Studio presents a celebration of making thoughts visible. The Sketchbook Garden presents visualisations of thinking that usually stay private, a tool that designers and artists have been always using. A sketchbook is a tool; friend; document; playground – it becomes what its’ owner needs it to be.

The exhibition showcases 10 designer’s sketchbooks that illustrate the thinking process and development of ideas. A sketchbook is a tool for the creation and construction of thought. It’s been said that the designer’s most important tool is the ability to think and a sketchbook facilitates this process. There are as many ways to use the sketchbook as there are people. In this exhibition, Piknik People Studio celebrates the craft of making a book your own and wants to inspire everyone to try out sketch booking. What’s in your head?

We invited 10 heavy users of sketchbooks to showcase their work: Joonas Luotonen, Mari Savio & Nelma Savio, Matti Pikkujämsä, Anna Kokki, Karri Laitinen, Paavo Halonen, Paula Susitaival, Saga Santala (and more)

In addition to the exhibition, Picnic People Studio is organizing Sketchbook Lunch workshops every Wednesday in February, together with Waffdaddy. The workshop is open at lunchtime from 11:00 to 13:00 for up to 10 people at a time. A brand new Picnic People Studio Project Sketchbook can be purchased on site! There’s no pre-registration for the workshop.

Also: Non-stop Sketchbook Picnic every Saturday from 12:00 to 16:00 in February – come and sketch with the designers of Picnic People Studio! No pre-registration.

Xmas Garage is open!

Legendary Xmas Garage (by My o My) has opened its doors at Kämp Garden on the 2nd floor of Kämp Galleria.

Are you in the mood for minimal Scandinavian design, high-quality accessories, home goods and gifts, weird curiosities, fun Christmas ornaments, and a galore of books? Welcome to the unique and wonderful Xmas Garage that features gift ideas from over 100 companies . This is the 7th time that Xmas Garage opens in downtown Helsinki and inspires all who love Christmas.  The Xmas Garage range includes Christmas decorations and cards, toys, treats, books, jewelry and other design. The boutique is especially known for its beautiful, colorful displays.


We are open on All Saints’ Day 30.10.

Welcome to Kämp Galleria! We are open on All Saints’ Day (Saturday 30.10.) from 12 noon to 4/6 p.m. Find the perfect Fathers’ Day gift or grab a bite in good company – we look forward to seeing you!

Douglas Kirkland: Coco & Marilyn 20.8.–20.12.

The Finnish Museum of Photography’s new exhibition space, K1, has opened with an inaugural showcase featuring two exhibitions in one — Coco Chanel and An Evening with Marilyn — from Canadian photographer Douglas Kirkland (b. 1934). The photographs depict two iconic women who developed a deep understanding of the power of vision and gaze.

Kirkland photographed Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel in the early 1960s while working at Look magazine. The images from six decades in the past deliver a dose of the Hollywood starlet cult and the history of fashion. Viewed today, the works offer a direct view into the early heyday of photography as a central feature of modern consumer culture. The exhibition also explores the life cycles of cultural icons, and the raw power of photography.

Douglas Kirkland is a photographer with a long career in Hollywood, known mainly for shooting renowned stars. He has also worked on more than 150 feature film productions.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration wirh Photo Op. K1’s main corporate partner is Tradeka.

Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, 1961 ©Douglas Kirkland/Photo Op