Future exhibitions 2017





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.

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.


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



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  (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 (IRE), Anu Osva (FIN), Johanna Rotko (FIN), Tibor Szemzo (HUN), Leena and Oula Valkeapää (FIN), Jana Winderen (N).

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


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.