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Broken – A Shattered Mind

Helsinki City Museum, Helsinki

  • 22.4.2022–25.9.2022

The ‘Broken – A Shattered Mind’ exhibition approaches the disintegration of mental health from the point of view of the person experiencing it. The exhibition features drawings, paintings and crafts by patients of the Nikkilä mental hospital (1914–1999) from the Helsinki City Museum collection. The works depict the humanity behind the diagnoses.


The ‘Broken – A Shattered Mind’ exhibition at the Helsinki City Museum examines mental illnesses from the point of view of patients of the Nikkilä mental hospital. The exhibition delves into mental health issues as both a personal and social phenomenon and provides viewpoints into how insanity feels.

The exhibition presents works by patients of Nikkilä hospital and examines everyday life at the hospital through a collection of items. It also illustrates the various sides of mental health through statistical information and experiences. By spinning the wheel of diagnoses, you can ponder how open to interpretation the line between insanity and sanity is and how it has shifted in different eras. Human figures created by graphic artist Viivi Rintanen depict the different experiences of the disintegration of mental health. The audio work Hulluus (insanity) was created by Taiteen Sulattamo together with people recovering from mental health issues.

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Helsinki City Museum
Aleksanterinkatu 16, 00170 Helsinki

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Mon 11:00-19:00
Tue 11:00-19:00
Wed 11:00-19:00
Thu 11:00-19:00
Fri 11:00-19:00
Sat 11:00-17:00
Sun 11:00-17:00