A new book about the contemporary art world


Among this spring’s new books are some interesting memoirs, Tuula Arkio’s Jyviä nokkimassa: taide-elämää meillä ja muualla (Pecking at corn: a life in art in Finland and abroad), released by Siltala Publishing on 31.3.2015. It spans Arkio’s career in the artworld from the end of the 1960s up to the 2000s, from her time as an assistant at the Ateneum Art Museum to being Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and then Director General of the Finnish National Gallery.

“I hope that putting these experiences on paper will offer one person’s perspective on the years when the Finnish art scene was finding its place in the international artworld, and when contemporary art became accessible to the general public,” Arkio says in her foreword.

Museum Director Emerita and Cultural Counsellor Tuula Arkio is the mother of IHME. In 2008, she brought together a working group to devise an operating model that today goes by the name of the IHME Contemporary Art Festival. Arkio is the chair of the IHME Contemporary Art Festival’s expert working group and of the board of Pro Arte Foundation Finland. IHME warmly congratulates Tuula on the publication of her memoirs!