Future exhibitions 2017








2 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2019

The Hype in the Arctic Silicon Valley


  Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museon kokoelmat

What started in Oulu in 1979? Who was Toivo Ruokko of Sotkamo, the electrical engineer who became the world's number one technology guru and entrepreneur for a while? How did the measuring device developed by Ruokko cause the Berlin Wall to fall in 1989? Why did his production facilities in Haukipudas burn down in 1998?

The Oulu technology boom peaked twenty years ago. Between the 1960s and the 1990s, the northern industrial town turned into one of Finland's most important centres of information technology. The new exhibition entitled The Hype in the Arctic Silicon Valley  tells the story of this intense period by combining fact and fiction. In parallel with the imaginary story of the high-tech inventor Toivo Ruokko, the exhibition presents the history of the information and communication technology industry in the Oulu region. The powerfully visual exhibition is brought to life through the science centre's hands-on exhibits and demonstrations as well as fascinating objects and artworks from the collections of the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum and the Oulu Museum of Art.

The incredible story of Toivo Ruokko and his Raakku measuring device has been written by author Antti Leikas, who has been part of the Oulu ICT world since the mid-1990s. The exhibition architecture is designed by Kalle Nurminen of Oulu City Theatre. The exhibition is produced by Museum and Science Centre Luuppi, and is part of the Finland 100 Years jubilee programme. It is supported by the Finland 100 project of the Prime Minister's Office of Finland and the city of Oulu, and is Luuppi's first joint content production project.

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


2 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018

Comics Effects



Comics and illustrations are part of everyday life for everyone in Finland. Yet comics are also a form of art that has had – and still has – considerable impact on visual art and visual artists. Comics Effects, produced by the Oulu Comics Centre, features exhibitions by artists including Veikko "Joonas" Savolainen, JP Ahonen, Kaisa Leka and Harri Filppa – and a comic page for each of the one hundred years of Finland's independence by one hundred comics artists. Many of the exhibitions are linked to the 6th Oulu Comics Festival (1–3 December 2017). Comics Effects is produced in collaboration with Museum and Science Centre Luuppi, the comics artist association Sarjakuvantekijät ry, Finnish Comics Museum and Oulu Artist Association.

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