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.
8.2.2019-5.1.2020 Transit – post across the border is an exhibition about the collaboration between the towns of Tornio in Finland and Haparanda in Sweden during World War I. The exhibition highlights the important role that communications and transport links played in 1914-1918. It also introduces visitors to the only elevated cable line for mail in the world, which ran between the two towns.
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.
HAIR – The story of Tampereen Popteatteri 8.8.2019-5.1.2020. In August 2019, it will be 50 years since the world-famous hippie musical HAIR was premiered in Finland. Tampere Pop Theatre, founded by young people, performed HAIR for the first time in August 1969 as part of the Tampere Theatre Festival. Fifty years after its Finnish premiere, the musical is still topical. In this colourful exhibition, we will face an entire era full of peace, love, rebellion, hippies, nudity, new youth culture … Peace & Love!
13.9.-1.12.2019 In the Finnish Museum of Games is on display The City as Game Board – From Geocaching to Harry Potter exhibition. The exhibition showcases this broader history, from the invention of geocaching to the first experimental games like Can You See Me Now? and Pac-Manhattan. In location-based games, the city – its streets, architecture and everyday objects – become the “game board”. They bring the physical environment into the game through mobile and GPS technologies that track their players’ locations. The release of Pokémon GO in 2016 launched location-based games into the mainstream. But these games have a much longer history, dating back to early artistic and commercial experiments from the early 2000s onwards.
Osamu Tezuka – the God of Manga 7.9.2019–5.1.2020.
Two significant exhibitions of Japanese manga art will open in September at the Tampere Art Museum. Osamu Tezuka – The God of Manga is the first European museum exhibition of work by Osamu Tezuka, known as the creator and god of Japanese manga. Consisting of original works, the exhibition is produced in association with the Osamu Tezuka Production company of Tokyo and it will be on the middle and upper floors of the museum. The MangaMania! exhibition on the ground floor addresses manga as an art form and a cultural phenomenon.
The Art Collection consists of almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850’s until today.
FORTHCOMING 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.
14.9.2019-12.1.2020 Juhani Harri. The Sara Hildén Art Museum presents Juhani Harri’s exhibition, which continues the series of exhibitions by the Sara Hildén Foundation’s collection artists. Juhani Harri (1939–2003) was a pioneer of assemblage art in Finland. His central aim was to portray time and its evanescent nature. His works share a mysterious and emotionally driven narration. The selection includes nearly 100 works by Harri from 1960 until 2002.
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.
4.4.-18.12.2019 The Story of Kinderkarten Teachers exhibition. The exhibition tells about the work of the kindergarten teachers and its changes from the late 19th century to the present day. There is also a lot of things to see and do for children: you can try laundry and yard work at the beginning of the 20th century, play a memory game or build Fröbel’s blocks. The exhibition also features a small play town with its houses, parks and characters to play.
The “Workman’s Saturday” exhibition explores the alcohol culture of Finnish workers. A hundred years ago, the state aimed to reduce the temptations of alcohol by establishing a national prohibition act in 1919. The prohibition act and the problems it posed provide the starting point for the exhibition, however, the exhibition also explores the drinking strike of the 19th century, the labour movement’s radical resistance to the prohibition of alcohol. The exhibition explores the fight against moonshine production, the introduction of medium-strength beer in grocery stores in 1969, and the effects of advertisement, social work related to substance abuse and the establishment of the European Union. Decade after decade, Finns have argued passionately over alcohol, both for and against it. The history of beer is one of the central themes in the exhibition, as drinking beer has always been part of the working-class culture. The exhibition is on display 30.5.2019-5.1.2020.
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.
29.8.-15.12.2019 Emil Aaltonen 150 years. The 150th anniversary of the birth of the manufacturer Emil Aaltonen takes place on August 29 2019. The exhibition looks at the person of Emil Aaltonen from different perspectives.
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.
90 years from SS Kuru Steamship accident photo exhibition 29.8.-17.11.2019. The Milavida Museum in Näsilinna presents a photo exhibition which tells about the shipwreck of the steamboat SS Kuru 90 years ago. The sinking of the steamboat Kuru is the biggest shipwreck in Finland’s inland waterways. It is also the single biggest accident in Tampere. The exhibition features photographs of the accident, rescue work and days after the shipwreck. The photographs taken by Aamulehti’s photographer Veikko Kanninen at the scene of the accident testify to a shocking tragedy.
Kimmo Pyykkö Art Museum exhibits the life and artistic career of sculptor and professor Kimmo Pyykkö.
From September 3 to September 29 2019, Kangasala-talo Gallery exhibits the Layers of Time by the artist Soile Jääskeläinen from Tampere. The works of Soile Jääskeläinen’s exhibition have been completed between 2018 and 2019. As a technique she has used acrylic painting, drawing charcoal and pastel chalk on paper.
In the fall of 2019, the museum will display an exhibition of a distinctive and versatile artist Riitta Nelimarkka. In the Bardo Bardo exhibition Nelimarkka’s alter ego Elise with her companions and other storied characters invade the exhibition space of the Art Museum. The two-floor exhibition of the Art Museum presents works by artist Riitta Nelimarkka for about ten years: wool reliefs, drawings, graphics, paintings, photomontages, animations and glass and wool sculptures. Riitta Nelimarkka’s exhibition is on display 21.9.2019-5.1.2020.
The Serlachius museums are located in the Art Town of Mänttä-Vilppula.
Gösta Art Museum
FORTHCOMING 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.
FORTHCOMING 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.
Matthew Day Jackson: Maa, on display 18.5.–29.9.2019. Matthew Day Jackson’s (b. 1974) exhibition Maa at the Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä, and a role-playing game by the same name, imagine a post-apocalyptic world a thousand years in the future, made uninhabitable by humankind flourishing new kind of life. The human survivors who have been subterranean refugees for a thousand years are sending scouts to explore the devastated surface that is only known to them through myth and storytelling. The installation of figurative sculpture made at human scale form a cross-section of Jackson’s output created over the past ten years. The sculptures illustrate the other component of the exhibition, the role-playing game Maa.
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.