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.
The world’s largest Andy Warhol poster exhibition will come to Tampere Hall’s Park hall from June 18th to August 25th 2019. The Andy Warhol (1928–1987) Poster Exhibition will contain around 120 of Warhol’s framed and museum-quality original posters from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, with covers for books, magazines and albums, rare collectibles, along with dozens of editions of Interview magazine published by Warhol. The works are on loan from the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg in Germany. Andy Warhol is one of the world’s most famous artists, whose works still seem amazingly topical. He was a visual artist, drawer, photographer and filmmaker, considered to be one of the founders of pop art. Warhol had his fingers in almost all of New York’s art in the 1960s through the 1980s.
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.
Dracula – Vampires in Vapriikki. The exhibition unveils vampire-related superstitions to show where vampires come from, how they can be recognised and how mortals can protect themselves against them. The similarities between Vlad the Impaler, the tyrant of Wallachia, with Count Dracula are also revealed. In addition, the exhibition sheds light on vampires in films, literature and pop culture, not forgetting the most iconic bloodsucker of all time, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The objects on display at the exhibition come from various European and American museums, as well as private collections. The exhibition is open 15.2.-18.8.2019. Vapriikki doesn’t recommend this exhibition to small children; it contains powerful footage.
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.
Exhibitions on display 8.6.–11.8.2019:
The Young Artist of the Year 2019 – Nastja Säde Rönkkö: Altered Breaths, Future Feelings. Nastja Säde Rönkkö works with media art, performance, community art, net art and text. The final form of the works is usually an installation, a live performance, a video work, an event or a multidisciplinary project. Rönkkö’s art deals with social relations and the fundamentals of humanity: intimacy, empathy and presence.
Lars Holmström: LXX –spectrum. Most of Lars Holmström’s works are constructive based on the interaction between colors and shapes. Holmström works with many different methods and techniques. The exhibition features paintings, relief paintings, constructions and video art.
The Art Collection consists of almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850’s until today.
28.3.-1.9.2019: Sigrid Aminoff. Sigrid Aminoff has described her artistic expression: realistic, sometimes naive themes with impressionist technic. Aminoff painted the subjects she saw around her. The paintings are landscapes, still lives and portraits.
Downstairs exhibition presents pieces of classical art selected by Sara Hildén. The exhibition features early masters of modern art from Sara Hildén’s collection and classics of modern art. The works of the autumn exhibition of the Sara Hildén Art Museum reflect the changes in the visual arts of the 1960s and 1970s and the international trends.
Out of Office, the Summer Exhibition of this, the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Sara Hildén Art Museum, has been compiled from works in the Sara Hildén Foundation’s collection. It features both Finnish and foreign paintings, drawings and sculptures, including some of the collection’s most recent acquisitions and previously unseen works. The exhibition is on display 1.6.-25.8.2019.
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.
Muutoksen äänet – Sounds of Changes exhibition explores the soundscape of Finland in 2018. The exhibition is based on documentary work conducted by the Labour Museum Werstas under the international “Sounds of Changes” project. The exhibition features a soundscape collage composed of various audio recordings collected during 2018. The exhibition is an acoustic journey that begins in the Finnish countryside and takes the visitor to town squares, public events, workplaces and recreational settings. The journey will also introduce you to the soundscapes of the past where you can hear the hammering of a blacksmith and the twanging of a Finnish zither. See also the project site: Sounds of Changes. The exhibition is on display 18.5.-25.8.2019.
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.
26.5.-11.8.2019 Another me – paintings by Raimo Utriainen. The sculptor Raimo Utriainen (1927-1994) was the innovative spirit of modernism in Finnish sculpture. With some forty major public works to his name, he was the most successful and international monumental sculptor of his generation in this country. But Raimo had also another me: at the same time he was a famous sculptor, he also painted large expressive paintings with strong colours. He painted most of his paintings in the 1980’s.
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. While glass remained his most commonly addressed medium, he worked with metal, wood, textiles, and porcelain (china). His radical, painterly Ambiente series designed for a linen division of Tampella in the mid-1960s brought robotization to cloth pattern production. The production was based on an invention Sarpaneva made when visiting a manufacturer of packaging paper, where the printing press was malfunctioning so that the colors mixed and bled on the paper. Sarpaneva thought that achieving the same effect intentionally on cloth would create a varying, fluid pattern where the exact same pattern would never be repeated.
Kimmo Pyykkö Art Museums exhibits the life and artistic career of sculptor and professor Kimmo Pyykkö.
In the summer in Kimmo Pyykkö Art Museum is on display Einar Ilmoni‘s exhibition. Enjoy the beauty of silence with Kangasala’s own artists’ paintings. The exhibition is on display 8.6.-1.9.2019.
The Serlachius museums are located in the Art Town of Mänttä-Vilppula.
Gösta Art Museum
Distant cool shadow – A Small Exhibition of Colour, on display 23.2.–8.9.2019. Colour cannot be touched. It touches us, however, in many different ways. A Small Exhibition of Colour evokes colour-related perceptions and experiences. How do we see colours and how do they affect us? How is the evolution of colour pigments reflected in the history of art? What meanings are loaded within the red colour? The exhibition features pearls highlighting the use of colour from the Serlachius art collection. Also featured are loan works from museum collections and contemporary artists.
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.