The piece entitled Kalmankukka (Flower of Death), a woodcut print from Akseli Gallén-Kallela, was once considered no more than a doodle. Over a hundred years later printmaking – pictures made with printing plates on canvass – can be found in places such as Galleria Joella along the River Aura shores.
Gallén-Kallela showed enthusiasm for art that everyone could enjoy in their own homes. If you agree and think this a great idea, the exhibitions at Joella have hundreds of works on sale from dozens of different printmaking artists.
Are you tired of seeing the same, repetitive things and rigid patterns? Step inside the city’s oldest contemporary art venue Titanik, where the roof forms part of the Runeberg Park and the doors open onto the River Aura shores. This is the sort of place to experience creativity without limitations, the sort which modern society lacks the proper channels to promote.
Built in the premises of a former public lavatory, in Titanik you can encounter almost anything that stirs the mind, with ‘experimental’ and ‘non-commercial’ being the common descriptors of the contemporary art presented in Titanik. There are also regular exhibitions and complementary events, with access free for all.
1. Repose, haus de projekt, 2018
2. Harpa Dís Hákonardóttir & Oskari Ruuska: Balance Piece, 2019
3Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Located at the other end of the library bridge is the duel purpose Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum, serving as a true fountain of culture. As you walk through the doors you are immediately greeted by the underground ruins of medieval stone buildings, and on the upper floor of the culturally and historically significant Rettig Palace is Ars Nova, the superb setting for contemporary art. You can still observe the original interiors of the palace, giving you a real taste of its former glory. Fascinating!
During summer 2020 at the museum, see a wide-ranging solo exhibition from award-winning photographer Jorma Puranen. In the autumn, contemporary art comes to the fore, when the Young Artist of the Year exhibition opens in Turku. The museum’s Takkahuone Gallery highlights fascinating contemporary artists and collections, which visitors can explore through themed exhibitions.
Get to know the exhibition calendar from the museum’s website!
4Turku Art Museum
On a visit to Turku Art Museum’s magnificent and grandiose granite stone palace, you can dive into the old and the new at the same time. The Studio and the Darkroom showcase the most interesting names and trends in contemporary Finnish and foreign art. In addition to the high-quality exhibitions, the museum also operates as a special concert venue for the city, a yoga hall as well as a setting for a variety of entertainment.
In the delightful Café Victor, service comes on porcelain plates, creating an old-world atmosphere, whilst in summer you can sit out and enjoy the sun on the terrace. The best way to explore the schedule of events and exhibitions is online.
The contemporary art scene of Turku expanded at the beginning of 2019, when Kuntshalle Turku opened in the Old Town Hall. Managed by the Turku Artist’s Association and the Photographic Centre Peri, this collaborative art centre presents captivating contemporary art exhibitions as well as plenty of other experiential events and activities. Here, art comes alive, free to expand in every direction.