Future exhibitions 2017



  Esko Männikkö, Nameles, 2015 
from serie Organized Freedom,
final edition

4 February – 30 April

Esko Männikkö



Photographer Esko Männikkö's (1959–) solo exhibition of previously unseen scope – the exhibition takes over the entire museum – brings together his best shots from the past three decades plus a selection of completely new material. Männikkö, who in his own words builds a never-ending self-portrait, hunts for absolute beauty and perfect composition in his works.

Esko Männikkö, the winner of the national Young Artist of the Year award in 1995, jumped to international renown quickly, and is, in terms of Finnish artists, an exceptionally international figure. The majority of his exhibitions have for a long time taken place in galleries and museums of European metropolises. !FINISHED? is the world-travelling artist's impressive interim report in his hometown.

The exhibition takes place on the 1st and the 2nd floor of the Oulu Museum of Art.



Fanny Churberg, A Clearing,
Uusimaa Landscape (1872). 
Finnish National Gallery/
The Ateneum Art Museum/
Ahlström Collection.
Photo Yehia Eweis

13 May – 17 September

Stories of Finnish Art

– the Ateneum Collection on Tour


The Stories of Finnish Art exhibition guides the audience through the history of Finnish art from the early 19th century to the 1960s. The collection of nearly 90 artworks includes famous, in their day often controversial, modern classics, but also a number of seldom exhibited works from established painters and sculptors. The touring exhibition showcases works by artists such as Wäinö Aaltonen, Fanny Churberg, Albert Edelfelt, Magnus Enckell, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Pekka Halonen, Eero Järnefelt, Anitra Lucander, Vilho Lampi, Tyko Sallinen and Maria Wiik. The exhibition is produced by the Ateneum Art Museum and the Finnish National Gallery, and is part of the Finland 100 Years jubilee program.

The exhibition takes place on 2nd floor of the Oulu Museum of Art.




Ilkka Halso, Kitka River 2004,
chromogenic digital print,
Oulu Museum of Art Collection.
Photo Mika Friman


20 May – 12 November


Re-examining Nature


The SPLICE exhibition produced by the Finnish Bioart Society and the Oulu Museum of Art focuses its gaze on our relationship with nature, including diverse approaches towards the transforming environment. Canadian curator Nina Czegledy and the Finnish Bioart Society compile a review of relevant ideas approaching it from a cross-disciplinary viewpoint. The exhibition presents a showcase of contemporary artistic perspectives with the aim to unfold a new understanding of our changing environment. The theme is expanded by thematically linked discussions, presentations and workshops.

The following artists's works are included in the exhibition: Lauri Anttila (FIN), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (GBR) & Sacha Pohflepp (GER), Antye Greie  (GER/FIN), Ilkka Halso (FIN), Pekka & Teija Isorättyä  (FIN), Antero Kare (FIN), Olga Kisseleva (RUS), Agnes Meyer Brandis (GER), Tuula Närhinen (FIN), Kyra O'Reilly (IRE), Anu Osva (FIN), Johanna Rotko (FIN), Karolina Sobecka (US), Tibor Szemző (HUN).

The exhibition takes place on 1st floor of the Oulu Museum of Art.