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.
Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles exhibition 25.4.2019–26.1.2020.
Many different animated versions of Tove Jansson’s (1914–2001) beloved Moomin books have been produced over the decades; many readers will be surprised to hear that the earliest versions date back almost 60 years. Who among us doesn’t cherish fond memories of growing up with Moomin tales on TV?
Whether your happy memories of Moomin animations are based on the famous Japanese series or the very earliest versions, you can now sit down and relive the experience at the Moomin Museum. There will be TVs showing different versions of Moomin animations in various techniques from different periods. The exhibition will also look at the history of animation, including a peek at the latest production by Gutsy Animations.
Coming: 15.2.2020-31.1.2021 Moomins and ocean
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.
On November 1st, Vapriikki will open a new exhibition introducing 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. Ostia, Gateway to Rome exhibition is on display 1.11.2019—10.5.2020
13.12.2019-29.3.2020 In the Finnish Museum of Games is on display The Kalevala in Games exhibition. The exhibition showcases intersections between the world of games and the cultural heritage of Kalevala across more than one hundred years.
Coming: 1.2.-24.5.2020 Joseph Alanen- Jugend
Joseph Alanen (1885–1920) was one of the key illustrators of Kalevala. Exhibition shows widely his Kalevala- themed production but there is also religious topics, graphics and drawings. Alanen died of spanish disease when he was 34-years old. Despite of this he managed to paint almost a hundred Kalevala-themed pieces.
Coming: 1.2.-22.3.2020 Anna Alapuro
At the same time of Alanens exhibition there will open another printmakers Anna Alapuros(b.1953) private exhibition. There will be Alapuros colourful graphics from last years.
The Art Collection consists of almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850’s until today.
3.10.2019–9.2.2020 The Tales of Old silver. The exhibition is co-produced with the museums of the City of Vaasa. The exhibition introduces the production of foreign and domestic silver smiths from the 17th century to the 20th century. The exhibition will feature silver objects from the collections of the museums of the City of Vaasa and the Hiekka Art Museum. The exhibition also includes art and other objects related to the theme of the exhibition.
Coming: 1.2.-17.5.2020 Still Still Life
Still Still Life is a review on still lifes genre and those interpretations and shapes that still life has received on modern art. Subjects are from visible world: often daily used items, food ingredients or nature pieces.
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? 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Finnish national police training and the establishment of the State Police School. The exhibition Formally qualified – a century of Finnish police education presents the history of police training in Finland, describing developments from the late 1800’s to the present day.
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.
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.
12.4.2019–2.2.2020 Ambiente – Timo Sarpaneva’s printed fabrics. Timo Sarpaneva (1926–2006) was an influential Finnish designer, sculptor, and educator best known in the art world for innovative work in glass, which often merged attributes of display art objects with utilitarian designations. The exhibition is about the Ambiente fabrics that were printed at Tampella’s Lapinniemi factory, in Tampere. Timo Sarpaneva invented the Ambiente technique at the Rosenlew paper mill in Pori in 1965, when a broken printing machine splashed dye around in surprising patterns. He set out to refine this random quality further. The exhibition at Museum Milavida presents a wide selection of Ambiente fabrics, most of them from the Tampere museums’ in-house collections.
The Serlachius museums are located in the Art Town of Mänttä-Vilppula.
Gösta Art Museum
Gerard Byrne‘s highly praised videoinstallation In Our Time has created a thesis about radio as a model of time and raises questions about collective memory and communality. The video installation In Our Time describes the routines of a fictitious radio station. Temporally, the work is set somewhere in the 1970s/80s, without specifying the period precisely. It uses the rhythmically repetitive characteristic quality of radio as well as timeless pop classics. The exhibition is on display in Serlachius Museum Gösta 21 Sep 2019–8 Mar 2020.
26 Oct 2019–29 Mar 2020 The Quest for Happiness – Italian Art Now. A selection of the most interesting Italian contemporary artists participate in the show the Quest for Happiness – Italian Art Now, the majority of them never exhibited in Finland before. For many artists, creativity and energy have been the answer to the economical and political crisis that struck Italy in 2008. Following the red line of the quest for happiness, the group exhibition brings together 14 artists from Northern to South Italy. It shows a wide and fresh panorama of the contemporary art production in Italy in the recent years, away from the Italian clichés abroad.
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. Exhibition is open 26.1.2019–12.1.2020 in Serlachius museums Gösta and Gustaf.
Once upon a time, in this place is Johanna Lecklin’s exhibition. It addresses a painful episode in Finland’s history, the Civil War, and examines the possible effects and aftermath of the events of 1918. She searches in history for stories and events that can also help us explain the present day. For the exhibition, she used Serlachius Museums’ archive material on the Civil War and photographed views of Mänttä for the series of photographs Once upon a time, in this location. Exhibition is open in Gustaf Museum 23.2.-16.2.2020.