Kuopio Art Museum
Kuopio Art Museum will re-open on 2 June.
Kuopio Art Museum is the regional art museum of Nothern Savo Province. The museum responds for the visual art services, including exhibitions, research and documentation of visual arts in the area. Art education plays a central role in the museum activities.
The art collections include primarily Finnish art from the end of the 1900th century to the present. Art museum presents continuously special exhibitions, mainly Finnish contemporary art: paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and media art. The main themes of the museum’s collections and exhibitions are landscape and nature, and the relationship between man and his environment.
The Kuopio Art Museum is the throbbing heart of art in the centre of Kuopio, only a short distance from the Market Place. The Art Museum has operated since 1980 in an Art Nouveau building originally built as a bank in 1904.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Closed on Monday.
€ 8/5, free admission for persons under 18.
Finds from Time 2 June–27 September
Forty years have passed since the opening of the Kuopio Art Museum. It is now time to celebrate the occasion and to present the museum’s collections, which have grown through regular accessions since the early 1980s. Containing over a thousand works, the collection focuses on contemporary art. The exhibition presents works ranging from the museum’s acquisitions of the early decades to the most recent pieces acquired in 2020.
Finds from Time offers viewers memories of the colour-drenched paintings of the 1980s and the early installations of the 1990s, taking as examples artists Pentti Meklin, Teemu Saukkonen and Marja Kolu. The exhibition also features several artists with long careers, such as painter Jarmo Mäkilä, sculptors Radoslaw Gryta, Pekka Kauhanen and Pauno Pohjolainen, and printmaker Outi Heiskanen. The latest accessions on show are works by Perttu Saksa and Antti Rönkä and a film installation by the artist duo IC-98.
The Artist’s View
The Kuopio Art Museum’s collections exhibition celebrates the museum’s anniversary year. It tells of the history of art in Finland, and of the collections of over 7,000 works managed by the museum. A significant portion of the works are donations from art collectors and organisations. People have collected works of art as a culturally focused pastime, for the love of art, and to support Finnish art. There are also collections that were originally created for the founding of the Kuopio art Museum, which took place in 1980 after decades of planning.
Understanding the Big Picture starting from 30 October
Artist photographer Nanna Hänninen’s works entwine personal experiences, the individual’s relationship with the surrounding world, historical events, the state of the environment and the structures of society. Working with a seemingly reduced visual idiom, the artist has the ability to depict broad themes in which the individual’s world of experience is combined with a wider frame of reference.
The art of Nanna Hänninen of Kuopio has been on show in various parts of Europe and in the United States. Her works are included in both Finnish and international collections. The exhibition presents her main series of works from the various stages of her career.