Iittala Naive Art Exhibition is located in the old wooden two-storey school house right next to the Iittala glass centre in Iittala Village. 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 of course naive art exhibitions.
What is Naive Art?
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.
The Iittala Naive Art Exhibition in Iittala Village was founded by an enthusiastic and art loving couple, Aira and Kalevi Heinänen, in 1989. The Naive Art Foundation in Iittala was established in 2009 to keep up the spirit and joy of naive art and to facilitate and enable the artists’ work also in the future.
Address: Hollaajantie 2, 14500 Iittala
Mobile to the gallery +358 (0)45 7730 1686
The Winter Exhibition is open from 25th November 2023 to 3rd March 2024. Open 11–17 Fri–Sun.
The Art rental shop is now also open online (The texts are in Finnish, but please don’t hesitate to acquire more info in English.)
Pensioners, students, unemployed 10€
Under 18 years: free of charge
How to get here
Iittala village is situated right next to Finland’s main 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 traveling by train you arrive in Iittala Naive Art Railway Station. It is the first of its kind in Finland. It is only a 10-minute walk to our art centre from the Iittala Naive Art 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.
Accessibility: We have a wheelchair ramp at the main entrance and a screen downstairs to view the upstairs exhibition.