From Kiasma to Suomenlinna

Kiasma is Helsinki’s Modern Art Museum. Set near the station, in the city center, it occupies a modern building as fits its status. I know reactions to modern art can be really diverse, from worship to rejection. A friend of mine doesn’t like it, because she doesn’t understand it. I think I like it because I don’t understand it.
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Not that I understand the other forms of art, but there’s something… funny in most of what I saw at Kiasma. I’m not going to comment the pictures, I’ll just let you enjoy them. However, I want to say that I really liked the way the museum and the artists let the visitors interact with the works of art: you can walk in a forest of plastic or sit in strange hammocks, or smell what was left inside some pots…

It was a really weird experience, one I cannot really describe, much less explain, but I liked it.
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The entrance is free on the first Friday of the month (guess when I went!), so if you’re around, take a look 😉
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After my visit to Kiasma, I paid a visit to my beloved Suomenlinna. Suomenlinna is an island out of Helsinki harbour, accessible by ferry and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I talked about it shortly in my guide to Helsinki last year, but I went there again in the beginning of the month and it was as beautiful as I remembered it, so I wanted to share some more pictures.
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We first went to Länsi Mustasaari. It’s very peaceful, but constantly swept by the wind. Some places on the island are better protected, but Suomenlinna is globally a windy place, like Helsinki as a whole. Most tourist go directly to the south of the island. On the east, if you are on time, you can almost touch the ferry from Tallinn by extending the arm.
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Summer might not be the best season, but you always see birds in Suomenlinna, or on the ferry.

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House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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House sparrow

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Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus)

Finally, the best place for sunset might well be the ferry, for you have the skyline between you and the sun.

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13 thoughts on “From Kiasma to Suomenlinna

  1. Trop belle et charmant, particularment les oiseaux! (I’m not utterly au fait with my French these days but even so, I tried!) Lovely. And the quality of the light is everything.~ P ~

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