Coming exhibitions

8.10.2022–8.1.2023 The Power of Brush

Rarities from Finnish art foundations at the Tampere Art Museum autumn exhibition

The Tampere Art Museum autumn exhibition Power of the Brush presents Finnish expressionism and free pictorial art from the Golden Age to contemporary art. Expressionists who were influential in Europe from the beginning of the 20th century expressed subjective emotions and inner experiences in their art. The artists in the exhibition share the characteristics of an expressive style of painting and use of the brush free of rules. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Helene Schjerfbeck, Ellen Thesleff, Fanny Churberg, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Tyko Sallinen, Jalmari Ruokokoski, Esko Tirronen, Kimmo Kaivanto, Teemu Saukkonen, Leena Luostarinen and Henry Wuorila-Stenberg.

Jalmari Ruokokoski: Flowers, 1909. Signe & Ane Gyllenberg Foundation.

Works that have never been displayed in public or have only been displayed rarely have been borrowed from the collections of the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations. The Association consists of the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, the Fortum Art Foundation, the Föreningen Konstsamfundet, the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, the Lönnström Art Museum, Nordea Art Foundation, the OP Art Foundation, the Pro Artibus Foundation, the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation, the UPM Kymmene Cultural Foundation and the Åbo Akademi University Foundation. The exhibition is complemented by works from the collections of the Tampere Art Museum and the City of Tampere.

Early 20th century expressionists originally wanted to express their inner experiences in their art. In their paintings, wild forms and strong colours were combined with strong brush strokes. The artists selected for this exhibition have transformed expression in Finnish art and introduced new contents and approaches to it. In her expressiveness, Fanny Churberg, for example, was ahead of her time as a strong interpreter of landscapes in the 1870s. At the beginning of the 20th century, Ellen Thesleff’s dynamic art consisted of mental expressionism and colour art. Helene Schjerfbeck’s early expressive portraits and still lifes exhibit a strong life force, boldness and a modernist style. The November Group of artists founded in 1917 gave rise to pioneers of expressive art, such as Tyko Sallinen, Jalmari Ruokokoski and Ilmari Aalto. Their influence is still visible in artistic life in Finland. In the 1960s, free pictoriality was represented by informalist painting, and the 1980s saw a new emergence of expressive painting. The exhibition ends with an introduction to contemporary painters in whose output free pictoriality is alive in its various forms. These artists include Viljami Heinonen, Emmi Kallio, Sampsa Törmälehto, Henrika Lax and Andre Peterdi.

8.10.2022–8.1.2023 Light and Energy – Dimensio 50 Years

The artists’ group Dimensio ry 50th anniversary exhibition at the basement gallery of the art museum brings light and energy into a dark season. The exhibition consists of media art and spatial art, paintings and sculptures. Light and motion, as well as appealing to different senses, are recurring themes in these works. In accordance with Dimensio’s traditions, technology and art and the relationship between man and nature are inseparably connected.
The artists at the exhibition range from Dimensio’s founding members to new artists who have joined in recent years. They include Ville Aalto, Timo Heino, Antti Immonen, Lars Holmström, Niklas Ingelius, Pekka Kaikkonen, Tuomo Klemi, Antti Maasalo, Kalle Mustonen, Anja Rahola, Anti-Ville Reinikainen, Kim Somervuori and Barbara Tieaho. The works at the exhibition approach the themes of light, motion, technology and nature in various ways. A work by Dimensio’s founding member Antti Maasalo (b. 1940), for example depicts the inevitable passage of Time in human life and from an environmental perspective. The light of the dreamlike works of Antti-Ville Reinikainen (b. 1980) is inviting, but the world hidden behind them remains out of reach. The colour paintings of Dimensio’s youngest artist Niklas Ingelius (b. 1992) create a misty atmosphere of light through translucent layers of paint.
Founded in 1972, the legendary artist group Dimensio is still active. At various times, its members have included not only visual artists, but also composers, engineers, filmmakers and architects. The group’s characteristic creative combination of various art forms is also evident in the works at this 50th anniversary exhibition.

Elevator cabin lifted on a wall.
AV Reinikainen: Ledge