Shared dreams
Works from the Heino Art Foundation collection
OULU MUSEUM OF ART | 5.10.2019–26.1.2020

The Heino Art Foundation collection is one of the foremost collections of contemporary art in Finland. Acquired by Mr Raimo Heino, Mrs Raini Heino and their son Rauli Heino, an art historian and gallery owner, the collection comprises more than 1,400 works of art by 223 artists dating from the 1950s until present day. Mr and Mrs Heino made their first purchases in the 1970s and the collection, which mainly features contemporary art, has continue to grow rapidly over the decades since. The acquisitions have been informed by the owners’ shared tastes and preferences.

Due to its size and diversity, the collection offers curators vast scope for creativity. At the Oulu Museum of Art exhibition, the focus will be on “surrealism”, although none of the featured artists or their artworks are generally considered to represent the movement itself. The exhibition takes its cue from Vladimir Nabokov’s observation that the word “reality” is meaningless without quotation marks. Artists are masterful at taking “reality” and re-creating it, stretching and bending it and sharing it. The featured works, by some 60 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.

The exhibition is jointly produced by the Oulu Museum of Art and the Heino Art Foundation and curated by Elina Vieru.


Photo above: Petri Hytönen, On Visit, watercolour and inkjet print on paper, detail, 2015. Photo: Jussi Tiainen / Heino Art Foundation.
Photo in banner: Pekka Jylhä, Circus, stuffed white pig, rotating balls, 1999–2000.

Petri Ala-Maunus, La-La Land, oil on canvas, 2012.

Anne Tompuri, From the series Faces (14), 
gouache and pigment on canvas, 

Marja Pirilä, Speaking House # 12, pigment print on fiberpaper, 2006.