Past exhibitions


Kakaravaara – How our children used to live
NORTHERN OSTROBOTHNIA MUSEUM | There was a place on the edge of the town where working-class families with many children used to live. Their homes were shabby and their toys were self-made. The place was called Kakaravaara, "Hill of Children". The exhibition aimed for children peeks into everyday life in Oulu of old.
The Displaced
The Archaeology of Refugees
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | The Displaced opens both universal and private perspectives to Finnish war refugees as well as the emigration and immigration movements of our time.
Shared dreams
Works from the Heino
Art Foundation collection
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Artists are masterful at taking “reality” and re-creating it, stretching and bending it and sharing it. The featured works, by some 50 artists, are an opportunity for visitors to dive into a veritable ocean of strange and wonderful visions and imaginings and to leave everyday life behind, as surreal as that too may at times seem.


Growth and Loss
Hair In Contemporary Art
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | If the hair is fine, everything is fine! Hair is no matter of insignificance in human life, or art. Hair is part of the body, but forms a special whole of its own. For visual artists, hair sometimes has a surprisingly powerful symbolic value as material, but also as the bearer of stories, meanings and notions.
Kati Leinonen – Äimärautio
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Äimärautio, a series of photographs by photographer, MA Kati Leinonen (1974–) shot between 2015 and 2017, explores the relationship and coexistence between human beings and horses using photograph, video and sound. Leinonen, who started horseback riding when she was seven and still rides almost every day, knows the different communities and the current forms of the hobby closely.
Vilho Lampi
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Oulu Museum of Art holds Finland’s most important collection of paintings by Vilho Lampi (1898–1936). The collection was augmented in 2018 by a large landscape panorama donated by NCC Suomi Oy.
The Maija-Liisa Niemi
Art Collection
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Oulu Museum of Art has received a bequest from the Oulu-born, Helsinki-resident Doctor of Dentistry and art lover Maija-Liisa “Maikki” Niemi.
Helena Kaikkonen
The Horizon of Longing
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | In her material-oriented artworks, textile artist Helena Kaikkonen (1959–) explores time, the northern nature, and the fragility but also the power of life.
Outi Pieski – Čuolmmadit
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Outi Pieski (1973–) is a Sámi visual artist whose delicate paintings reflect the Arctic nature of her home region and the shared stories, cosmology and history of its important places.
Terttu Jurvakainen
A Shining Palette
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | The extensive retrospective exhibition showcases the milestones of Jurvakainen's output from the 1980s to the present day. The decades have accommodated different stylistic periods, but expressive use of colour and sensuous juxtaposition have always played a key role in her massive abstract paintings.
Naturally Anni Rapinoja
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Visual artist Anni Rapinoja is part of Hailuoto like the bark is part of pine, or the ferry part of the island. Rapinoja has taken Hailuoto – or, more precisely, her close colleagues the plants, the animals, the soil and the sea of Hailuoto – to the international stage since early 1990s.
The Hype in the Arctic Silicon Valley
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | The Oulu technology boom peaked twenty years ago. Between the 1960s and the 1990s, the town turned into one of Finland's most important centres of information technology. The new exhibition tells the story of this intense period by combining fact and fiction.


The Modern Woman
The Modern Woman, produced by the Ateneum Art Museum and the Finnish National Gallery, focuses on four important artists who worked in the early 20th century: Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954), Sigrid Schauman (1877–1979) and Elga Sesemann (1922–2007). The exhibition, consisting of works from the collections of the Ateneum, focuses on the role of the modern woman amidst the social, political and cultural changes of the era.
Anni Kinnunen – The Great Escape
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | The Great Escape is a story of how human beings have gradually become alienated from nature, how the landscape has turned into a stage, and how humanity has become role play. The Oulu-based photographer Anni Kinnunen is often in front of her own camera.
For the Love of Freedom
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Graffiti is here to stay – get used to it! Finland's biggest museum exhibition to date focusing exclusively on graffiti has street attitude. Curated by graffiti artist Jouni ‘Psyke’ Väänänen, For the Love of Freedom showcases approximately twenty powerful voices, including Oulu-based graffiti artists and the German artist Claudia ‘MadC’ Walde, one of the international top names of graffiti art.
Man versus Animal
SCIENCE CENTRE TIETOMAA | Can you jump longer than a flea? Can you see as well as a snake? This exhibition focusing on biology explores the human senses and physique and compares the abilities of human beings and various animals in different situations.
Flowers and Angels
NORTHERN OSTROBOTHNIA MUSEUM | Flowers and Angels showcases the work of artists from Ostrobothnia who worked in the vernacular tradition of visual art. The exhibition is based on the studies of researcher and conservator Marko Kasto.
Comics Effects
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | Comics Effects, produced by the Oulu Comics Centre, features exhibitions by artists including JP Ahonen, Max Andersson, Kaisa & Christoffer Leka and Harri Filppa – and a comic page for each of the one hundred years of Finland's independence by one hundred comics artists.


20 May – 12 November
SPLICE Re-examining Nature
OULU MUSEUM OF ARTS | 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.
13 May – 17 September
Stories of Finnish Art – the Ateneum Collection on Tour
OULU MUSEOUM OF ARTS | Exhibition guides the audience through the history of Finnish art from the early 19th century to the 1960s. The collection includes famous, in their day often controversial, modern classics, but also a number of seldom exhibited works from established painters and sculptors.
13 May – 17 September
A Finnish Elegy
OULU MUSEUM OF ARTS | This rare exhibition of works from the collections of Oulu-based art collectors Ismo and Mervi Sirén consists of approximately twenty prints, including Simberg's first and last print works, "A Finnish Elegy" (1895–1896) and "Slash-burning Smoke" (1917).