The Spaces exhibition continued until 29 August – many of the contents can be viewed even when the museum is closed
The Spaces – DIY Music Venues in Helsinki exhibition of Helsinki City Museum will be extended until 29 August 2021. Spaces opened in November 2020 and stayed open for only two weeks before the museums were closed for the rest of the year. Due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis, Helsinki City Museum remains closed.
The Spaces – DIY Music Venues in Helsinki exhibition allows visitors to learn about the atmosphere of music venues for different subcultures in Helsinki in the 2000s. In these places, people have come to rock and rave, drink and party, create art, meet each other around music and grow into adults. The exhibition presents venues such as Konttiaukio, Oranssi, Vadelma, Vuoritalo, Siperia, Studio Là-bas, Kääntöpöytä and Omenapuutalo.
You can also enjoy the exhibition when the museum is closed. The City Museum has produced a Spaces podcast series (in Finnish) where journalist and one of the exhibition curators Mervi Vuorela discusses themes and phenomena related to DIY sub-cultures. The podcast series gives dedicated activists an opportunity to talk about how independent music has been doing in Helsinki in the 2000s. The five-episode podcast is available on the Helsinki Podcast site of the City Museum, as well as on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
The City Museum website also features a video in which Mervi Vuorela interviews punk activist Juha ‘Satru’ Saraste who also participated in running the Vuoritalo venue. The City Museum’s blog (in Finnish) also features a post by Juho Hänninen on Konttiaukio in Kalasatama, as well as a post by the active members of Loukko Centre of Subcultures on the door of Lepakko as an object of significance analysis.
Exhibition image: Vadelma. Yehia Eweis / Helsinki City Museum