Maija Tanninen-Mattila

Maija Tanninen-Mattila

The best thing in Helsinki is aimless strolling.

Maija Tanninen-Mattila is the director of the Helsinki Art Museum HAM as well as the Helsinki Biennial. She has previously headed the Ateneum Art Museum and Kunsthalle Helsinki, among other institutions.

Maija Tanninen-Mattila was born in Helsinki and has lived here for most of her life. Her father Aarne Tanninen was a well-known journalist. Tanninen-Mattila spent some childhood years also in London and Moscow due to her father's posts as foreign correspondent in these cities.

"Perhaps due to these experiences, it has always been important to me that museum work has an international aspect to it. London and Moscow are both interesting because they are international cities, not because they are big cities", says Tanninen-Mattila. "Helsinki is becoming more and more international and through this also more interesting. Helsinki has a lot to offer on the cultural front, yet at the same time you can take in the city just by walking around." 

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