Board Members


Tuula Arkio

Museum Director Emerita, Doctor of Visual Arts h.c.

Ms Tuula Arkio has made a long carreer in the field of visual arts in Finland. She was the curator in the Art Museum of the Ateneum in 1968-1970, Chief Curator in 1970-1984 and Deputy Director in 1984-1990. She was the first director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki 1990 – 2000 and the General Director of Finnish National Galleries 2000-2006. She has been a co-curator of the large international ARS 83, ARS 95 and ARS 2001 exhibitions in Helsinki and held many positions of trust in the field of art and culture in Finland and abroad. To mention a few: Ars Fennica Prize Jury 1991-99; member of the international commission for the election of the artistic director for the Documenta XI 1998; Secretary/Treasurer of CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) 1999 – 2004; Carnegie Art Award Jury, Stockholm 1998-2001, Chair 2006- ; Pro Arte Foundation, St. Petersburg, International Advisory Board 1996-98 and Board of Trustees 1999 – ; Member of the Art Advisory Board of the Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2004 – 2006; Advisory Board of the Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul 2004 – 2007; Reference Group of Sonia Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo 2006; Honorary Member of CIMAM and University of Industrial Design, Helsinki. Doctor of Visual Arts, h.c.


Leevi Haapala

Ph.D., Museum Director, Kiasma

Leevi Haapala is a museum director in Kiasma (Museum of Contemporary Art), a curator, a researcher of contemporary art and art writer. He has worked as a professor of Praxis – Master’s Programme in Exhibition Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and as a curator for collections in Kiasma. He was a researcher at the Central Art Archives in Finnish National Gallery from 1997 to 2003. He made doctoral thesis on moving image and installation art from psychoanalytic perspective, The Unconscious in Contemporary Art. The Gaze, Voice and Time in Finnish Contemporary Art at the Turn of the Millennium (Institute for Art Research, Art History, University of Helsinki, 2011). He is a board member in Pro Arte Foundation and IHME Contemporary Art Festival in Helsinki since 2009 and a member of selection board of the Young Artist of the Year at Tampere Art Museum. He works as a lecturer, teacher, and free curator and he has written several articles to exhibition catalogues, monographs and art reviews.


Hanna Johansson

Ph.D., Professor of Contemporary Art Research

Art historian and docent Hanna Johansson works as Professor of Contemporary Art Research at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts in Helsinki. She has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (2007-2009), as a researcher at the University of Helsinki (2000-2005) and at the Finnish National Gallery’s Central Art Archive (1998-1999). Johansson has lectured widely at universities and art schools. She has also worked as a curator and written art criticism for numerous publications. Contemporary art, its nature aspect and theoretical concepts are the most central areas of Johansson’s research. She has an extensive publication record on Finnish and international contemporary art.


Marja Ramm-Schmidt

Master of Laws with court training

Marja Ramm-Schmidt, attorney-at-law, has acted as an advisor to Finnish and Finland-based foreign companies since the 1980’s. She has extensive experience of legal proceedings and currently specializes in arbitration. She also advises clients on the property law related to inheritance. In her capacity as legal expert, she is president or a member of the board of several foundations.


Timo Valjakka

Timo Valjakka is an independent writer, curator and critic based in Helsinki. Aside from being a regular contributor to the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat since 1985, he has written for several Finnish and International art publications, including Taide, Artforum and ArtNews. Valjakka has worked as the editor of the Nordic art magazine Siksi (1990-94), the director of the Kunsthalle in Helsinki (1994-2001) and the director of the Finnish Institute in London (2001-05). He has curated and organised numerous exhibitions of Finnish and International modern and contemporary art, including Andy Warhol (1997), Christian Boltanski (1998), Anish Kapoor (2001), Art & Language (2010), and Per Maning (2013). In 1995 he was the curator of the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.