The National Library of Finland organises exhibitions and related cultural events. Cultural activities provide experiences, joy and excitement related to literary culture and information retrieval to everyone in Finland.
Our cultural calendar lists the exhibitions and other events taking place at our library. The calendar is published bi-annually: in spring and autumn.
On the path to freedom of speech
10 March – 31 December 2017, National Library Gallery
On the path to freedom of speech constitutes a timeline of Finnish freedom of speech and censorship from 1917 to 2017, which opens a door to the history of the freedom of speech in a sovereign nation. It lists more than 850 articles, with background information provided by the Finnish press, the National Library's collections and more than 30 experts. The leading question of the exhibition is why Finland became a country so regarded for its freedom of speech, featuring rarities and surprises hiding in the most well-known examples of Finnish literature.
The world is a word - the history of the Finnish aphorism
The new exhibition at the National Library discusses the Finnish aphorism, the art of delivering an idea concisely. Finland has a rich tradition of sayings, and an exceptionally large amount of interest in aphorisms.
The exhibition focuses on aphorism literature from the 18th century to present day. Rarities include Henrik Florinus’s collection of sayings from 1702, and the first-ever collection of Finnish aphorisms (compiled by Jacob Frese) from 1726. In addition, the exhibition features dozens of other works that depict the development, diversity and expressive power of the Finnish aphorism. Finland’s best-known aphorism authors are represented, including: J. L. Runeberg, Juhani Siljo, Edith Södergran, Gunnar Björling, V. A. Koskenniemi, Erkki Melartin, Maria Jotuni, Mirkka Rekola, Paavo Haavikko, Samuli Paronen, Erno Paasilinna, Helena Anhava and Markku Envall.
The collections of the Slavonic Library provide an opportunity to study the early stages of Russian art history in detail. The exhibition focuses on research literature from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as the period of time that gave rise to the multidisciplinary study of church archaeology.
The most beautiful books
The most beautiful books 2016
Café Rotunda, 24.3. - 20.10.2017
There are 25 books on display. The most beautiful book 2016: Raja, by Hanna Koikkalainen,
The exhibition is organized in co-operation with The Finnish Book Arts Committee.
The exhibition activities at the National Library of Finland aim to increase awareness of the unique collections at our library. Exhibitions create new information content on our national cultural heritage. The topicality and the interest of the general public are taken into account in selecting the varied contents.
The exhibitions are planned and implemented in cooperation with researchers, cultural institutions and associations, universities and other scholarly communities. The aim is to provide scientifically competent research content in a popularised form. The exhibition materials are selected from the collections of the National Library of Finland.
Main exhibitions: at the Gallery of the National Library of Finland
Smaller exhibitions: at Rotunda, café and the Slavonic Library