The Iittala Centre of Naive Art is located in the old wooden two-storey school house right next to the Iittala Glass Centre. There is a large selection of novelties of this intriguing art form on display in the art gallery that opens every summer and has an average of 20.000 visitors. In the winter season we offer a variety of art courses, work shops and seminars, small concerts and naive art exhibitions.

Address: Hollaajantie 2, 14500 Iittala
Mobile to the gallery +358 (0)45 7730 1686

Sat–Sun 11–17
The Art rental shop also open during the weekends throughout the winter.
Closed on Christmas weekend.
Open for groups also on weekdays, please book in advance.

Adults, pensioners, students, unemployed 5€
Under 18 years: free of charge
Guided tours: Groups 10 or under 10 people: 50€, over 10 people: 5 €/person.

How to get here
Iittala village is situated right next to Finland’s mail railway route and highway E12, between Helsinki (120 km/ appr. 1.5 hour) and Tampere ( 60 km/45 min). You can reach us by train, by bus or by car. The closest parking area is next to the Iittala Glass Centre and bus stops within half a kilometre to two kilometres. When travelling by train you arrive in Iittala Naivistic Railway Station. It is the first of its kind in Finland. It is only a 10-minute walk to our art centre from the railway station.

You can visit us individually or by booking a guided tour or work shop for you or your group. We can offer a guided tour in Finnish and English – and also in Japanese and Swedish, but please book in advance.

Naive art has a childlike tendency. The paintings are usually dreamlike and almost surrealistic with fantasy themes. The motifs are very narrative and autobiographical, illustrating the artist’s life, dreams and hopes. Also flora and fauna are very popular. The overall impression is funny and optimistic. Some critique towards the society or the human nature may occur on the side of humour.

Exhibition of New Naive Art in Iittala

The winter season starts November the 16th and ends March 31th! We are open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11AM-17PM.

This year we are privileged to have a special guest artist from Japan, Mr. Shin Tanaka. For the base layer of his paintings he uses sand from the beaches of Akashi, where his studio is located, to create a unique matiere. Tanaka uses the finest sand he can find, from where wave meets beach, where the bounties of the land, such as rocks and sand carried down from the mountains, mix with the bounties of the ocean in the form of objects such as shells and coral, brought in by the sea. Tanaka rinses the sand he collects to desalinize it, then dries it in the sun. By doing so, he locks the sun’s very energy into the canvas. In 2002, while working as a painter, he began to paint picture books. Everything include sentences, pictures, editing and bookmaking have been done by himself, and he has published many books until now. He published “巧克力熊(Chocolate Teddy Bear)” from Grimm Press, a Taiwanese publisher. After that he published his books several times in both domestic and outside of Japan. Besides, he works for stage design, advertisements, clothing design, character-creating, lectures and workshops.

Tanaka has visited another contemporary naivistic painter Ms. Asta Pulkkinen in Hollola, Finland. Pulkkinen’s and  Tanaka’s works are next to each other in the exhibition.

Pulkkinen has taken part to Iittala Naive Art summer exhibitions since 1996. She has her own studio and showroom in Hollola in an old cantor’s house. Her identity as an artist is based on both public and personal aspects, on an interaction of ”inner and outer” dynamics. She doesn’t paint during the summer, she enjoys it fully, exhibits her art and entertains the visitors. The autumn is the time to start painting again. The darkening season is a kind of a turning point from an observation to an inner perception. In many of her works landscapes and events are displayed in a space inside of a head, where an observation starts to develop by the means of feelings, imagination and fantasy.

There are two other larger collections also on display, by Ms. Pirkko Valo and Ms. Tarja Polari.

Other contemporary artists taking part this winter are:

Sergei Arhipov, Anita Backlund, Stina Engvall, Inka Hannula, Margit Hakanen, Petra Heikkilä, Hannu Hirsivuori, Sinikka Hurskainen, Minna Iso-Lähteenmäki, Maija Kanerva, Anneli Kokkonen, Kåira, Matti Laine, Esa Leppänen, Salla Lylynoja, Hanna Meuronen-Majamaa, Raija Männistö-Koski, Kikka Nyrén, Marjaana Orkoneva, Terho Peltoniemi, Heli Pukki, Pirkko Pullinen-Valtonen, Päivi Salminen, Eino Viikilä and Aimo Vuorinen.