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Modern art gallery opens at Helsinki

A new modern art gallery, containing “fantasy sculptures” and works inspired by Facebook, has opened at Helsinki Airport.

A new modern art gallery, containing “fantasy sculptures” and works inspired by Facebook, has opened at Helsinki Airport.

The gallery is part of Helsinki’s Art Port concept, which has seen a number of exhibitions this year.

The free facility, based at Gate 37, is the airport's fourth exhibition space, and will introduce passengers to Finnish modern art.

The opening exhibitions are the Random Album series by visual artist Bo Haglund, as well as ceramic fantasy sculptures by sculptor Kim Simonsson.

All Art Port exhibitions are intended for passengers to participate in them, the airport said.

Eagle-eyed visitors will find Facebook messages in Haglund's works. Passengers are also encouraged to post their thoughts, ideas and feelings about the art, on the airport's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ville Haapasaari, the new Airport Director of Helsinki Airport, said: “The exhibitions contribute to a pleasant atmosphere and offer a chance to relax for a while.

“The Art Port concept also strengthens the identity of Helsinki Airport, and enables us to stand out from other European airports.

“No other airport in the world is dedicated to art and design to the same extent as Helsinki Airport.”

To see more images from the gallery, visit facebook.com/airportworld 

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