Avantgardevekkula: Burning desire 12.6.-29.8.2021

Haihatus Art Center’s Summer Exhibition opens on June 12th and is open until August 29th. The exhibition can be visited from Wednesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 18:00. Welcome!

The theme of the Avantgardevekkula -summer exhibition is “Burning Desire” and it is curated by multiartist Tuomo Vuoteenoma. Participating artists are Heta Bilaletdin, Petri Eskelinen, Terhi Ekebom & Sebastian Boulter, Harrie Liveart, Sini Havukainen, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Hanna Hyy, Marika Kaarna, Kallo Collective, Sakari Kannosto, KOELSE, Lanka Palaa, Henna Nerg, Arttu Nieminen, Benjamin Nozdrachev, Jaakko Pietiläinen, Jonne Pitkänen & Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, Risto Puurunen, Iiris Elena Rusi, Teemu Siika, Teemu Tanner, Anssi Taulu, Kaasu Virtanen, Voimametsä, Tero Vänttinen, Vesa Väänänen and Jenni Yppärilä

The Finnish society along with most Western societies, has for decades been able to provide basic needs for a larger part of their population. Things like housing, nourishment, safety and education are seen as necessary needs to be met for the society to function. Humane life includes a limited amount of possibilities, some of which can be defined as innate needs or desires. Along with material abundance, a large number of more complex and advanced needs have emerged. And for a long time, these needs have also been smuggled in our daily lives, gaining profit to others.

Avantgardevekkula: Burning Desire looks at these scorching human needs through sculpture, installation, image and sound. The exhibition is composed of artists and groups who convey experience, feeling and visions of the different levels of needs, and how they affect the surroundings. They show how in some circumstances the fulfilling of needs becomes a problem, and what it might mean to actually fulfill an insatiable desire.

Avantgardevekkula is a carnival of art that festively combines the high and the low. We want to fade off titles, accomplishments and preconceptions so that we could all go back to the original idea of wonder and contemplation through empathy. Art is a resource that can help us take down material and immaterial fences.

Along with the exhibition a wide scale of happenings and events will take place at Haihatus Art Center, from Live Music Sundays to Avantgarde Obscura -festival and miscellaneous events. Our goal is to encourage free and self-initiated artistic operations and to foster strength of the spirit. Follow the events of the summer through our social medias on FB, IG and our website.

For Media:

Burning Desire -exhibion photos and other media can be found here.

Tuomo Vuoteenoma
Curator of Avantgardevekkula
kuraattori@haihatus.fi +358 50 369 3839

Risto Puurunen
Chairman of Haihatuksen Henki ry board
risto@haihatus.fi  / +358 400 858 639

Open Call for Valon Haihatus – Shadows and reflections 2021

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Photo: Benjamin Phillips Novdrachev

Art Center and Residency Haihatus invites artists and performers to Valon Haihatus – Shadows and reflections -exhibition in the last week of October (fri-sun 29.-31.10.) Haihatus has organized Valon Haihatus – light art exhibition for the first time in 2019.

This year’s theme is combinations of different lights, shadows and reflections and theme will be “reasearch shadows and reflections with new ways and illusions”. “Without light we don’t have shadows or reflections, I guess” Jartti figuring the theme. Curators of 2021 exhibitions are artist-musician Risto Puurunen, house artist of Haihatus Benjamin Phillips Nozdrachev and multi disiplinary Tero Jartti. 

Valon Haihatus – Shadows and reflections follows artlovers to a unique milieu from the city lights to Central Finland, Joutsa. Haihatus has a large yard with different landscapes, a gallery and an event house – these places will be full of interesting artworks over the whole weekend.

What we’re looking for?

Haihatus is taking different types of proposals from artists, artmakers and performers – we are mainly looking for installations, sculptures and performances. You can apply by yourself or with an artist group with complete artworks or come to work in our residency (more details of residency option in next paragraph.) 

You can take a view of theme with multiple ways – for example:

– Different shadows
– Shadow silhouettes
– Shading
– Stay in the shadows of something
– Shadows and reflections which form with fire, water, smoke…

What we’re offering?

Haihatus offers to chosen artists 1-2 weeks residency during October 2021. Longer residencies are also possible, we’re glad to answer you question. Haihatus also offers some recycled materials to use.

Application and timetable

Open call starts on 6th of May and the deadline is 31th of May 23:59.

The application is here:
In English: https://forms.gle/v2iLwtDqWo3z99XK8
Suomeksi: https://forms.gle/Wf6ikL9oqpi2FxoU8 

Please tell us these informations:

– Contact details
– Artist Introduction 
– Exhibition and project descriptions / CV
– Home page or portfolio site (optional)
– A name and short description of your proposed work or performancce
– Images of proposed work (optional)
– Installation requirements

You find photos of places (outside and inside) and more details of gallery rooms to installate here (Link opens to the new window).

More information of exhibition and open call gives you:

Henna Voutilainen

Risto Puurunen
Curator & Chairman of Haihatuksen Henki ry

Are you planning a residency for this year? Haihatus will have special prices till the end of December!

Send the application to artist residency and come work in an inspiring place in the middle of Finland. Art Center Haihatus offers these special prices for residency – From October to December prices are 500 / month / person or doubleroom 800 / month / 2 persons. (Normal prices are 650 / month / person and 975 / month / 2 persons.)

How to send an application? Residency has an open call around the year. You can send an application via our residency application which you’ll find here. We’re are curious about you and your plans – please write an introduction of you and tell a little bit your residency plans.

Who can send an application? We don’t limit art forms – all form of art and performance are warmly welcome here. We have versatile workspaces for visual artists to live performance artists – for example we had a musician and a live performance artist staying here this summer.

Do you have anything to ask? Or do you some special needs? We’re always here for you – please ask us anything you want to know on your application or via email residency@haihatus.fi.

Please note: If you have any symptom of flu etc. please change your plans and travel here when you’re health. Thanks for understanding – stay safe!

Can’t wait to see you here!

16.8. MusicSunday with Aavikko and O Samuli A

The last week of summer is here! Sunday is the grade finale for MusicSundays AND summer exhibition AVANTGARDEVEKKULA. Aavikko and O Samuli A play at Haihatus’ MusicSunday and Sumuposauttaja takes care of the after party in Ravintola Kellari. Besides these fabulous shows, there is also a little bit extra! Lauteilla is a play that presents former Finnish presidents Kekkonen, Mannerheim and Ryti enjoying sauna. The whole play is performed in sauna, so it will be an unique experience for all of us!

With the concert ticket, you are also allowed to see the Haihatus summer exhibition AVANTGARDEVEKKULA without any extra charge. So why not take the advantage and enjoy the whole Haihatus experience in one day! The exhibition closes before the MusicSunday event starts so be early if you wish to see the exhibition too.

Come! See! Experience! Haihatus!

AVANTGARDEVEKKULA reaches 3000 visitors!

Art Centre Haihatus’ summer exhibition AVANTGARDEVEKKULA has now been visited by over 3000 people! The last week of the exhibition starts tomorrow, so make sure you come for a visit in time, so you don’t miss the outstanding, unique summer exhibition!


Here’s a small video of the 3000th visitor! Sorry for the missing subtitles..


2.8. MusicSunday relocated to Talomuseo

Due to bad weather, 2.8. Music Sunday show is relocated to Talomuseo. New venue offers a covered stand for the audience. The stand is sized for 400 people so social distances can easily be maintained. Talomuseo is located near Haihatus and the address is Museotie 2, Joutsa.

Schedules, after party and ticket prices remain the same.


Pupurutsa at MusicSunday after party 26.7.2020

26.7.2020 Pupurutsa plays at Haihatus’ MusicSunday after parties at Ravintola Kellari. After party starts at 22:00 and the show starts at 22:30.

Pupurutsa takes influences from electro, punk and experimental music creating songs which lyrics circle around themes of politics and ecology to personal stories. The purpose of the music is to make people move on the dance floor as well as in the society. Pupurutsa is a couple years old and has played mostly in Tampere, for example in Vastavirta club and different kinds of DIY events.

According to their own words “Pupurutsa. Unlikely electronic duo. Taped spectacles. Abrupt lyrics. Wrinkly music. Stiff hips. Frigid moves. With these you can ruin even the best party. Party on!”

Check Pupurutsa’s Valtakunta demo here!

So, after Ville Pirinen and Litku Klemetti shows, make your way to Ravintola Kellari after party to check out Pupurutsa! Entrance is free of charge. Welcome!

MusicSunday hotel packets now on sale!

Art Centre Haihatus and Hotel Aatto & Elli offer a hotel packet deal for 99€. The packet is for two and it includes tickets to Haihatus’ summer exhibition and to a gig of your choice, and a hotel night with breakfast.

Litku Klemetti added to MusicSundays

Taidelaitos Haihatus is proud to announce that Litku Klemetti will be starring one of the upcoming MusicSundays shows. She will perform 26.7. as well as the previously announced Ville Pirinen.

The shows begin around 6pm and the event continues until 10pm. There’s a limited amount of tickets so make sure to get one from Haihatus’ webstore. Welcome!

19.7. Martti Servo & Napander + Veijo Peso
26.7. Ville Pirinen + Litku Klemetti
2.8. Seksihullut + Cleaning Women
9.8. Risto + Cosmo Jones Beat Machine
16.8. Aavikko + O Samuli A
DJ Salmelan Muovisorvaamo
Shows starting from 18:00 – Tickets 12€ / 10€ / 3€.