In 2023 Tampere Art Museum will traditionally hold exhibitions of both older and contemporary art. The main exhibition of the summer is traditionally an award exhibition of the works of the Young Artist of the Year. On the ground floor of the museum , the international Backlight2023 Photo Festival will explore the evidential power of the photograph in a world of global crises and conflicts. In autumn, the Tampere artist Tuula Lehtinen will get the extensive museum exhibition that her work merits. Lehtinen has been actively engaged in and promoted the fine arts in Finland for the past four decades.
Young Artist of the Year 2023
The Young Artist of the Year 2023 will be announced in January.
Backlight2023: Cruel Radiance
Backlight is a festival of photography produced by Photographic Centre Nykyaika. This triennial event, which is among the largest and oldest in Northern Europe, will be held for the thirteenth time in summer 2023. Tampere Art Museum will be one of the sites of the festival.
The exhibition Backlight2023: Cruel Radiance explores the processes that are slowly destroying the world’s living conditions and the scars left by sudden geopolitical crises. The exhibition features works by the English artist Susan Schuppli and Fiona Amundsen from New Zealand, among others.
Susan Schuppli: Cold Case / Weaponizing, still photograph, 2021 –2
The curators of the Backlight2023: Cruel Radiance exhibition are the photographic artist and researcher Harri Pälviranta and the artist Marko Karo.
Tuula Lehtinen – The Archeology of Beauty
This exhibition presents the extensive and wide-ranging artistic career of the Tampere artist Tuula Lehtinen from the 1980s to the present decade. It presents paintings, prints, mosaic works, ceramic sculptures and installations. In addition to her earlier oeuvre, there will be new works and reinterpretations of previous works, themes and subjects. The exhibition will present a broad chronological span covering Tuula Lehtinen’s development from a printmaking artist into a painter and a creator of public works. t
Lehtinen’s art deals with eternal questions of philosophy and history concerning beauty and its deep significance for humankind in all ages. She approaches the thematics of beauty from the tradition of art, using nostalgic subjects such as of flower still lifes, landscapes, decorative porcelain objects, curtains, lace and pictures of the queens of history. She brings her interpretations to the field of contemporary art in an individual way that challenges the taboos of art. Lehtinen’s art shows that, whatever the age, beauty speaks to and touches people, and that they have an innate need to experience it.
For Lehtinen, the continuation and renewal of the tradition of art and handicrafts is important. She uses a variety of materials in her works, from paper to porcelain. The techniques used by Lehtinen – painting in oils, the various procedures of printmaking, porcelain painting, padding, embroidery, ceramic casting and mosaics – all bring their own dimensions to the content of her works.
Tuula Lehtinen has been actively engaged in and promoted the fine arts in Finland for the past four decades. She has served as a professor of printmaking at the National Academy of Arts in Bergen, Norway, and she has written a number of textbooks on this subject. She has held numerous solo exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. Lehtinen has also made several public mosaic works: for example, at sites in her home town like Tampere Swimming Centre (2006–07), the Small Palace in the Finlayson area (2009), the district of Vuores (2011) and the Rantaväylä tunnel (2016). Her most recent public work is a mosaic produced in 2022 for the Serlachius Museums’ Art Sauna in Mänttä-Vilppula. Lehtinen is also known for being the founder of Himmelblau, the most important printmaking studio in Finland and the Frei Zimmer consultancy for the coordination of public art.