Past exhibitions

16.2.–16.6.2019
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.
2.2.–2.6.2019
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.
2.2.–2.6.2019
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.
16.2.–28.4.2019
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.
26.9.2018–13.1.2019
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.
2.12.2017–6.1.2019
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.
15.4.–2.9.2018
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.
15.4.–2.9.
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.
27.1.–25.3.2018
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.
7.2.2017–11.3.2018
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.
14.9.2017–4.2.2018
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.
2.12.2017–7.1.2018
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).