8.10.2022 – 8.1.2023 Power of the Brush – From the Golden Age to contemporary art
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.
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.
The foundations presented in the exhibition are 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.
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.
11.6.-11.9.2022 The Young Artist of the Year 2022 Emma Jääskeläinen – At Her Fingertips
Sculptor Emma Jääskeläinen (b. 1988) is known for her massively monumental stone sculptures that the artist makes out of classical types of stone such as granite, marble and travertine, updating the materials into the language of contemporary art. The artist avoids excessive seriousness through the use of surprising choices of material. A pocket-sized monumental sculpture illustrates well how Jääskeläinen plays with greatly varying scale: palm-fitting, huggable and impossible, as the artist herself describes it. Other opposites, such as hard and soft, are also present in the artist’s works which can also be seen as portraits in the broader sense of the term.
Corporeality is a key contentual starting point in Emma Jääskeläinen’s art. Masses are treated in a physical manner where the dialogue between the artist and the material gains a tangible form without losing its sensitivity. It is motion and presence, the working of mass and volume through which the artist’s intuitive experience becomes publicly visible and open for experiencing.
Jääskeläinen, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2018, began her studies on performance art from which the physicality shifted into three-dimensional sculpture. The memory imprint and experiences of one’s own body become part of artistic work in a very tangible way. The theme of motherhood is topical for Emma Jääskeläinen and is evident, for example, in the titular work of the exhibition, At Her Fingertips. The cell division within the body has been transmitted tangibly into the works in the form of things such as the bonds between different parts. Grooves, marks, shadows and the weight of mass also become visible in multi-material works. Finnsheep wool, glass, a ring, a chili pod, fake fur, hair and a baseball cap are amongst the materials used by the artist. Multisensory dimensions are audible in audio works and even as music made by the artist. The sense of taste also becomes part of the expression through things like the use of bubble gum.
11.6.-11.9.2022 Kristian Krokfors – Forever Young
The 2022 Summer Exhibition of Tampere Art Museum presents the works of two Young Artists of the Year. Kristian Krokfors (b. 1952) was the first artist to receive the award in 1984, and the exhibition connected with the it opened in Tampere Art Museum in early 1985. In this Forever Young exhibition, there are several works from the 1985 exhibition, but the emphasis is on paintings and graphic works produced by the artist in recent years.
Krokfors is one of those artists who polish their work into an ever more perfect form by concentrating on a specific range of subjects. He continues precisely and systematically to make graphic works, drawings and paintings of buildings, trees, cones, balloons and other objects that have become familiar during his early career. However, over the years, new subjects have appeared although the basic elements of his subject matter have remained. Krokfors’s works are at the same time both familiar and strange, real and unreal. Their subjects are representational but abstracted. The object of the depiction is concrete, but it conveys infinity. The works induce us to consider the nature of existence. It is a precisely a question of perceiving the world and its truths, as the art historian Tomi Moisio writes in the exhibition catalogue.
Kristian Krokfors has participated in numerous joint exhibitions not only in Finland but also abroad and has regularly held solo exhibitions, for instance in England, where he studied for four years. The artist’s works can be found in private collections and, for example in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki Art Museum and Tampere Art Museum.