Scandinavia House in New York is the starting point for a show of four Finnish painters, all of them women, whose careers coincided with cultural and political transformations. The paintings later continue to Stockholm before returning to Helsinki as part of a larger exhibition.
Anyone who has visited a bustling Helsinki café knows that stereotyping the Finns as antisocial is outdated and exaggerated. Yet award-winning Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt has made a career out of displaying the beauty and nuances of solitude (see slideshow).
The year Design Forum Finland started promoting Finnish design