Current exhibitions



20 May – 12 November


Re-examining Nature



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


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), Risto-Pekka Blom (FIN), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (GBR) & Sacha Pohflepp (GER), Antye Greie  (FIN/GER), Ilkka Halso (FIN), Kalle Hamm (FIN), Pekka & Teija Isorättyä  (FIN), Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (FIN), Antero Kare (FIN), Olga Kisseleva (RUS), Carolin Koss (FIN/GER), Mia Mäkelä (FIN), Agnes Meyer Brandis (GER), Tuula Närhinen (FIN), Kira O'Reilly (FIN/IRE), Anu Osva (FIN), Johanna Rotko (FIN), Tibor Szemző (HUN), Leena and Oula Valkeapää (FIN), Jana Winderen (N). Read more >

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


13 May – 17 September

Stories of Finnish Art

– the Ateneum Collection on Tour



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


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. Read more >

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



     Hugo Simberg, The Peasant and Death at the Gate of Heaven 1902,

collections of Ismo and Mervi Sirén. Photo Mika Friman

13 May – 17 September
A Finnish Elegy

Prints by Hugo Simberg

from the collections of

Ismo and Mervi Sirén


Although considered one of the pioneers of Finnish graphic art, prints made by the beloved painter Hugo Simberg (1873–1917) are relatively little known. 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). In the words of Ismo Sirén: ”I often take a magnifying glass in my hand to examine the prints, and I am always marvelled by their fabulous, exquisite details.


The exhibition also includes prints from the collections of the Oulu Museum of Art. Read more >


A Finnish Elegy takes place in the Kaari gallery on the first floor of the museum.