There are many interesting exhibitions in Tampere, permanent and changing – we have gathered here the current changing exhibitions, you can find more information on the permanent exhibitions from venues’ websites.
Moomins and the Sea 15.2.2020-31.1.2021. This exhibition takes a look at the Moomins’ nature-loving lifestyle through a selection of Jansson’s original illustrations, featuring images of the Moomin characters embarking on adventurous sea voyages and enjoying picnics on rocky shores. The Moomins always treat nature with respect. They eat, live, and travel in harmony with the environment. Their simple lifestyle is kind to the earth and the sea. Like the Moomins, we can all consider nature in our daily choices, and everyone can do their bit to help protect the Baltic Sea. After all, the sea is made up of many small droplets.
Forthcoming: Stars On Stage, 30.6.-18.8.2020. The exhibition will showcase spectacular works by the German photographer Ralph Larmann featuring the superstars of rock and pop music. The exhibition will take you to more than 60 concerts and events around the world.
The Theatre City 7.6.2019-31.12.2021. June brings the opening of an exhibition on the theatrical history of Tampere, rich with emotion, struggles and great stories. With this exhibition, Vapriikki brings back selected scenes played out on the stages of our city’s numerous theatres. The spotlight is on the play – from Hamlet to West Side Story – and on famous thespians, among them the divas of their day.
Ostia, Gateway to Rome 1.11.2019—10.1.2021. This exhibition introduces the bustling life of Ostia, the ancient port city of Rome. Museum guests will walk the streets and alleys of Ostia, where the riverboats to Rome are loaded, and where the locals trade, worship the gods, visit the spa, and spend time at the tavern. On display are objects relating to the city and everyday life within it: statues, amphorae, money, gaming chips, toys, jewelry, and objects associated with beauty care, school, and slavery. Younger visitors can take part in the hunt for Fortuna’s lost treasure chest.
Finlayson 200 – a factory that became a brand 23.6.2020—. The ‘Finlayson 200’ exhibition presents the development of the Finlayson factory on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids into the Nordic region’s largest industrial enterprise and beyond, with adaptation to a new, post-industrial era.
Tuesday Dinner – A Food Trip to the Seventies 2.6.2020-31.1.2021. Tuesday Dinner dives into the world of the strong, bold and colourful food pictures and easy recipes of the 1970s.
Postal Museum’s exhibition: Unforgettable letters from Finland 14.2.2020-31.1.2021. Letters conveying both big and small emotions are the stars of this exhibition. The touching letters are about love, joy, excitement, sadness, yearning, worries, hope and sympathy. Visitors can enjoy some of the letters exhibited as interpreted by the much-loved actors Seela Sella and Esko Roine.
Finnish Museum of Games’ exhibition: From Other Realities – Tuomas Puikkonen as a LARP photographer, 2010–2020 9.6.—23.8.2020. A retrospective in the Finnish Museum of Games’ studio shows, for the first time, an extensive collection of photographs by Tuomas Puikkonen. He has shot fantasy and sci-fi, realism, vampires and serious political LARPs as well as light-hearted fun and art projects.
Joseph Alanen – Jugend 2.6.-9.8.2020. Joseph Alanen was one of the leading artists to depict subjects from the Kalevala epic. The Tampere Art Museum will prominently showcase a large selection of his works on subjects from the Kalevala, along with portrayals of folk life, religious subjects, prints and drawings. Alanen’s conception of the Kalevala epic was largely stylised. The characters are formalised, two-dimensional and decorative, with obvious influences from jugend (Art Nouveau). The tempera technique and ornamentality create an impression resembling a tapestry.
Ilkka Väätti – Hommage 2.6.-9.8.2020. This exhibition by visual artist Ilkka Väätti of Tampere presents his most recent work from the years 2017–2020. Consisting of over thirty paintings and two ‘architectons’, Hommage, is based on his interpretation of works by the best-known artists in the history of modern art and other less noted names. The paintings serving as examples represent geometric abstractionism from the period 1906–1940.
Forthcoming: 12.9.-8.11.2020 The Young Artist of the Year 2020 — Aapo Huhta. Aapo Huhta is an artist photographer working in Helsinki. He graduated as Master of Fine Arts from Aalto University in 2015. Huhta focuses on experimental documentarism. The art of books of photography and related experiments with different methods and narratives are important aspects of his works. Huhta has published two books of photographs, Block (Kehrer Verlag, 2015) and Omatandangole (Kehrer Verlag, 2019) and has held solo exhibitions in Finland, Germany and Sweden. Aapo Huhta is the 36th Young Artist of the Year.
Forthcoming: 12.9.-8.11.2020 Space Works – Backlight 2020. The exhibition Space Works is part of the Backlight 2020, Related Realities photographic art event. Space Works explores and tests our relationship with outer space. It consists of contemporary artworks addressing the themes of hope and opportunity as well as the threats and suspicion that we associate with the infinite universe beyond our home planet.
The Art Collection consists of almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850’s until today.
Double-Eagle 12.3.2020–17.1.2021. Items from the Tsarist era.
Still Still Life 1.2.-23.8.2020. Still Still Life presents an overview of the various forms of the still life in modern and contemporary art. The common factor uniting works in the exhibition is a conception of the still life and its essence. Works belonging to the collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation are complemented with works loaned by contemporary artists.
The Police Museum brings us the special exhibition celebrating the centennial year of Finland’s independence, “Public order collapses 1917 – When hatred became a virtue and revenge a merit” takes museum visitors through the turmoil of the birth year of independent Finland. What happens when opposing opinions divide a country and citizens no longer trust the authorities? The exhibition is on display until October 31.
The Steam Engine Museum introduces the largest steam engine in Finland at its original location. The flywheel of the machine is eight meters wide and it has 1600 horsepower. The machine was used at the Finlayson mill in the early 20th century. Exhibition Meirän kaupunki tells about the working life of the factory city in the decades of the 20th century. In the exhibition you can step into the cooperative shop or feel the workplace’s atmosphere. The Museum of Freedom is an exhibition which looks at Finnish society and the history of independence. The protagonists of the conducting exhibition are ordinary Finns and different minorities instead of great men.
Memories from Finlayson – 200 years of the factory site 21.2.2020-6.1.2021. Memories from Finlayson exhibition tells about the experiences of people who have worked in the factory area for 200 years. In addition, the exhibition features personal portraits of those currently working in the area.
The changing theme of the exhibition currently presents socialist childhood in socialist countries and families based on socialism in the 1970s and 1990s. You can listen to the memories of people who grew up in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, as well as in Finland, and take a peek into the room of a Finnish pioneer child. In addition, you can watch nostalgic children’s programs from all over Eastern Europe, listen to old children’s songs and try out the early version of the Tetris computer game from 1984.
Carry me – A Century of Handbags 21.2.–13.9.2020. Carry me – A Century of Handbags exhibition explores women’s handbag fashion from 1920-2020. The exhibition showcases about 50 iconic handbags, many of which have become classics due to their famous carriers. Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Jaqueline Kennedy-Onassis and Princess Diana are present with their handbags at the exhibition. The bags are collected from Italian private collections.
The Kimmo Pyykkö Art Museum in Kangasala will host the All Is One exhibition by visual artist Jussi TwoSeven during the summer. The exhibition presents the works he painted on canvas and directly on the wall, as well as his animations. The exhibition is on display from June 2 to August 23 2020.
The Serlachius museums are located in the Art Town of Mänttä-Vilppula.
The Quest for Happiness – Italian Art Now 26.10.2019—27.9.2020. The Quest for Happiness – Italian Art Now presents a selection of the most interesting Italian contemporary artists. Their common theme is the quest for happiness. The majority of them have never exhibited in Finland before.
Procedural Memory 21.3.2020—7.3.2021. Petri Eskelinen’s interactive sculptures. How do we interpret something as alive? Could the basis of discussion be movement? The works of Petri Eskelinen are often thought experiments on topical issues that he has modelled into various kinds of devices. Eskelinen, who is known for his moving interactive sculptures, works by means of technical experimentation.
How About the Future? 1.2.2020—7.3.2021. Photographic artist Nanna Hänninen addresses the themes of insecurity and otherness as well as climate change. In her works, she has focused on depicting the individual’s experience in society and has addressed themes such as insecurity and otherness as well as the need for and the impossibility of control.
Forthcoming: Artists and Models Disguise Self-Portraits 24.10.2020—18.4.2021. In his exhibition, Artists and Models, renowned Canadian artist Rodney Graham brings to the Serlachius Museums his disguise self-portraits for which he is best known.
Behind the Pulp Gate – Work and Stories from Mänttä pulp mill 29.2.2020—. The exterior form of a pulp mill is familiar to many people. But what happens inside a mill?
Olli and Bucklan – The life and art of the Ehrströms 26.1.2019–30.8.2020. The oeuvre of the talented artist couple exhibited more comprehensively than ever before. The artist couple Eric O. W. Ehrström and Olga Gummerus-Ehrström are little-known figures in Finnish art history. Olga (Olli) was a talented portrait painter who also designed and implemented stained glass paintings, textiles and other ornamental art works in collaboration with her husband.
Forthcoming: Glamour – Famous Gowns on the Silver Screen 26.9.2020—10.1.2021. Awarded costumes of Rome legendary costume house Tirelli Costumi from classic motion pictures and theatre. In addition to the costumes, the exhibition includes jewellery, costume sketches, fabric samples, interviews with directors, costume designers and costume makers, as well as photographic material from the everyday life of a costume house.
Escape from the museum 11.04.2019 – 31.10.2020. The shadows above the city lengthen. No one is moving on the street, everyone is locked in their homes. An unexplained disease is spreading in the city. Inspector Koskinen has come to investigate the problem and a number of other Finnish experts in criminal investigation have also been invited to help. The investigations have not gone smoothly and they need help. Could you help?
Pukstaavi – Museum of Finnish Book’s Escape from the museum uniquely combines the tradition of detective literature with the logic of an escape room game. This is not a typical museum exhibition but an escape room where you can dive into literature.
Forthcoming: 13.6. – 30.8. Ceramega 2020 – Nationwide major exhibition of ceramic art