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.
Forthcoming: 15.2.2020-31.1.2021 Moomins and the Sea. 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.
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
Forthcoming: 24.4.2020— Finlayson 200 – a factory that became a brand. 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.
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.
Joseph Alanen: Jugend 1.2.-24.5.2020
Joseph Alanen (1885–1920) was one of the leading artists to depict subjects from the Kalevala epic. The son of a foreman of Tampere, he has remained in the margins of art history mostly because no comprehensive exhibition of his work has ever been held. The Tampere Art Museum will prominently showcase Alanen in early 2020 in an exhibition on two floors of the museum. It will feature a large selection of his works on subjects from the Kalevala, along with portrayals of folk life, religious subjects, prints and drawings. Most of the exhibits will be from private collections. The Tampere Art Museum and the Ateneum in Helsinki are Finland’s only art museums with works by Alanen.
Anna Alapuro 1.2.-24.5.2020
A solo exhibition of work by printmaker Anna Alapuro of Tampere on the lower floor of the museum will feature her richly coloured prints from recent years. The exhibits include new works made for the exhibition and earlier series of works, such as her Koski (Rapids) series from 2015 depicting the Tammerkoski Rapids of Tampere and their details. and the Virtauksia (Flows) series from 2017 inspired by the decorative manhole covers of St Petersburg.
Forthcoming: 13.6. – 30.8.2020 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.
The Art Collection consists of almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850’s until today.
12.3.2020–17.1.2021 Double-Eagle. Items from the Tsarist era.
1.2.-17.5.2020 Still Still Life
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? 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.
21.2.-29.11.2020 Memories from Finlayson – 200 years of the factory site. 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. The modern woman does not leave her home without her bag, but it has not always been just a feminine and fashionable accessory. In prehistoric times, berries and fruits were collected in various leather bags, and in the Middle Ages men wore money and amulets in small leather bags. The actual hand-held pouch-shaped women’s bag was born in the late 18th century in England as the fashion became more body-friendly. The first bag brands such as Vuitton and Hermes were born in the late 19th century. 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 Serlachius museums are located in the Art Town of Mänttä-Vilppula.
Procedural Memory 21 March — 30 August 2020. Petri Eskelinen’s interactive sculptures. How do we interpret something as alive? Could the basis of discussion be movement? The works of Petri Eskelinen (b. 1975) 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.
Artists and Models Disguise Self-Portraits 25 April — 4 October 2020. 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.
How About the Future? exhibition at Serlachius Museum Gösta 1 February 2020–30 August 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.
Behind the Pulp Gate – Work and Stories from Mänttä pulp mill. The exterior form of a pulp mill is familiar to many people. But what happens inside a mill? 29.2.2020—
Glamour – Famous Gowns on the Silver Screen 30 May — 20 September 2020. 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.
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 26.1.2019–3.5.2020 in Serlachius museum Gustaf.
The Voipaala Art Centre has two exhibitions on humanity and animalism. Raija Jokinen‘s solo exhibition and a group exhibition of three Tampere-based visual artists are on display on the two floors of the Art Center this spring. The exhibitions will be on display from 15 February to 19 April 2020.