The Finnish Museum of Photography K1 opens in August 20th

The Finnish Museum of Photography will open a new exhibition space K1 on the bottom floor of Kämp Galleria August 20, 2020.

– Photography has momentum. We want to be a modern shopping center that hosts diverse experiences and events. The new exhibition space will strengthen Kämp Galleria’s position as an urban cultural and commercial hub, where people love to spend time, says Tanja Pasanen, Business and Marketing Manager of Kämp Galleria.

The new exhibition space features a variety of classics and big international names.

– Now that photography is more present in our culture than ever, it’s really great to start a new chapter in the story of the Museum of Photography. Exhibitions will focus on international photography, but Finnish artists are included as wll. We want to provide a wide photographic experience to the general public, says Elina Heikka, Museum Director at The Finnish Museum of Photography.

An interesting destination for city dwellers and tourists

Founded in 1969, the Finnish Museum of Photography is Europe’s oldest museum of photography. The opening of K1 marks the museum’s return to the center of Helsinki: in the 1970s the museum was located at Korkeavuorenkatu 2 and in the late 1980s on the 7th floor of Makkaratalo (now Citycenter).

The museum’s long-standing desire to be present in the center of Helsinki is fulfilled by the opening of a new exhibition space. Its central location helps attract wider audiences to high-quality photo exhibitions. K1 will also create a new attraction for international travelers in downtown Helsinki.

– The commercial center of Helsinki is a prime location for the museum. As a responsible investor, Ilmarinen has a strong desire to be involved in developing a vibrant city center area that attracts both local and international crowds. Culture is a great reason to come and spend time in the heart of Helsinki, says Ville Laurila, Letting Manager at Ilmarinen, owner of Kämp Galleria.

Restaurant Glass and museum shop complement K1

The exhibition space will be accompanied by a new restaurant and a museum shop. Restaurant Glass offers a new, sustainable Nordic taste palette that goes nicely with the flavors of the rest of the world. Jarkko Myllymäki and Yrjänä Raitanen are in charge of the restaurant complex that will also include a bar and cafe. The bar serves a wide selection of wines with classic cocktails.

The basement floor is currently under construction. The space is designed by Futudesign. K1 will open to the public on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

K1, artist’s impression. Picture: Futudesign