There are many interesting museums in Tampere, with both permanent and changing exhibitions – we have gathered here the current changing exhibitions, you can find more information on the permanent exhibitions from museums’ websites.
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.
At the Postal Museum is the Easter Egg – Symbol of Life and Joy exhibition 26.3.-28.4.2019. There are postcards of Easter eggs from all over the world.
At the Finnish Museum of Games is 3583 BYTES FREE! exhibition where you can think back the times when it was easier to program games yourself than buy them from the store. Exhibition is open 21.3.-9.6.2019.
23.2. – 19.5.2019 Three exhibitions on display
The von Wright Brothers: Magnus (1805–1868), Wilhelm (1810–1887) and Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906) were painters whose art celebrates the grandeur of nature while also engaging in its close scientific study. The brothers were particularly skilled at ornithological paintings, an art they perfected over many years of careful study and practice. Magnus and Ferdinand also ranked among the leading Finnish landscapists of their generation. Presenting over 80 works, the exhibition was co-produced with the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery.
Jussi Mäntynen – Tracks in the Forest: The sculptor Jussi Mäntynen (1886–1978) was an avid nature lover and outdoorsman who worked as the conservator and preparator for Helsinki’s Natural History Museum. The exhibition showcases his depictions of native Finnish wild life, its behaviour and anatomy. Ranging in style from realism to stylized synthetism, his sculptures feature a wide array of materials from patinated bronze and silver to various types of stone and gilded wood.
Taru Mäntynen – Visions of a Wanderer: Taru Mäntynen’s sculptures evoke a mythical world in which humans and beasts are equals, wolves dance, and lynxes pause thoughtfully as if waiting for something to happen. Mäntynen’s art is inspired both by the epic tales of The Kalevala and ancient cave paintings. Among the early works include din the exhibition are her meticulously rendered portraits of children. A handful of new works are also featured. Mäntynen casts her sculptures in her own workshop. A book about Mäntynen’s art will be published in conjunction with this comprehensive retrospective looking back on her long career.
FORTHCOMING 25.4.! 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.
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.
Kiki Smith – Procession 9.2.-12.5.2019 For more than three decades, American artist Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nuremberg) has created a multifaceted practice that deals with the political and social as well as the philosophical and spiritual aspects of human nature. Her fearless investigation of the body is a complex consideration of the human condition, addressing topics of age, death, wounding and healing, resuscitation, fragmentation, birth, sexuality, gender and memory. In addition to sculpture, Smith works in a variety of other media, notably drawing, etching and lithography; but also in the mediums of artists’ books, photography, video and more recently tapestry. Drawing upon traditional and newer forms of craftsmanship, her work employs a variety of materials such as bronze, plaster, glass, porcelain, paper, aluminum, latex, feathers or beeswax.
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.
15.2.-5.5. Eespäin 1919 -photography exhibition. The exhibition tells the history of the workers and working life after Finnish civil war in the 20’s and 30’s.
4.4.-18.12. 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 new exhibition in the Lenin Museum presents the shared history of Finland and Russia in a touching and critical way. Lenin Museum welcomes you to a fascinating tour to the events of the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s Gulag, the World War II, Finlandization and the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Lenin Museum has been operating for 70 years in a place where Lenin and Stalin met each other for the first time. The original home of the Soviet Union now open to public completely renewed.
16.2.2019 – 19.5.2019 Teknisen luovuuden lähteillä – Drawings from Lokomo and Sarvis. The exhibition presents technical drawings of the metal industry company Lokomo and the plastics industry company Sarvis.
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.
Samuli Heimonen: Monesta yksi – exhibition presents the newest paintings of artist Samuli Heimonen. Exhibition is open 26.1.-19.5.2019.
The Serlachius museums are located in the Art Town of Mänttä-Vilppula.
Gösta Art Museum
Distant cool shadow – A Small Exhibition of Colour, open 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.
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.
Tuomas Tiainen, Petteri Tikkanen, Emmi Valve