Kohta is a privately initiated kunsthalle in Helsinki that presents uncompromising contemporary art in all its forms.


Kohta brings together contemporary artists from Finland and the rest of the world in solo and group exhibitions. Our mission is to feature artistic thinking in its many forms and showcase artists from different generations and media.

Our curated public programme of exhibitions and events aims to consistently reflect the complexity and capacity of visual art today and its futures-oriented potential.

The programme is designed by the Kohta Council. In addition to the exhibition programme we organise events, such as screenings and talks, with the aim to create fruitful dialogue around and about contemporary art and connect the dots between different art forms.

Kohta’s exhibition programme is decided a few years in advance, and we do not encourage outside exhibition proposals.

Guided tours

We offer guided tours for groups to all exhibitions during and outside the opening hours. Tours are available in English, Finnish and Swedish. To make a group booking please contact kohta (a) kohta.fi.


Kohta is located at Teurastamo, the old abattoir yard and Helsinki city wholesale market area in the Helsinki neighbourhood of Kalasatama. Our exhibition space is on the top floor of a 1980s industrial building. We have around 160 square meters of exhibition space, divided into a main space and a studio space.

Floorplan and dimensions

(Measurements of walls and ceilings not marked in the floorpan)

Main gallery: Wall height inside main gallery 330 cm. Ceiling to floor from 330 cm to 380 cm max (slanting ceiling).

Studio: Wall height inside studio 292 cm.


Window opening / skylights

Main gallery: 3 window openings inside main gallery (measurements 100 X 420 cm), can be dimmed / covered

Studio: 1 window opening inside studio space (measurements 98 cm X 192 cm), can be dimmed/covered




The Kohta Council


Magdalena Åberg
Artist, Helsinki

Anders Kreuger
Curator and writer, Helsinki; Director of Kohta

Thomas Nyqvist
Artist, Helsinki

Anu Pennanen
Artist, Helsinki

Nina Roos
Artist, Helsinki


Richard Misek
Filmmaker, Professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen (Norway)

Hans Rosenström
Artist, Stockholm



Anders Kreuger
[email protected]
+358 452013048

Development Manager
Saara Klemetti
[email protected]
+358 503799718



Kohta would not exist without our supporters and collaborators.

Kohta seeks collaboration with and support from a variety of public and private entities in Finland and abroad.

Kohta is launched and partially supported by the EMO Foundation.

Kohta is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Finnish Heritage Agency, the City of Helsinki, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Kone Foundation, the Swedish Cultural Fund in Finland, the Nordic Culture Fund, Föreningen Konstsamfundet and Stiftelsen Tre Smeder.

Kohta also cooperates with Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo and Teurastamo Helsinki.