The Kuopio Art Museum
The Kuopio Art Museum is in the centre of Kuopio at the corner of Kauppakatu and Vuorikatu Streets near the Cathedral and Market Square of Kuopio. The main themes of the museum’s collections and exhibitions are the human experience, nature and the environment. Art education is an aspect of all the activities of the art museum. As a regional art museum the museum is responsible for acquiring and storing art-historical material from the Northern Savo region. The museum’s tasks also include displaying, documenting and researching the visual arts of its region.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wedneday. Closed on Monday.
€ 8/5, free admission for persons under 18.
The Artist’s View
Perspectives in the Collections of the Kuopio Art Museum
Kuopio Art Museum’s extensive exhibition of its collections is called The Artist’s View. It presents a range of art from the museum’s collections, which contain around 7,000 works. The exhibition features works from the early decades of Finnish art to the present day.
Art tells us how artists have viewed their environment, people, and their inner selves at different times. Visual observation alternates with emotional experience in the artists’ work. The prevailing ideologies of the time are also reflected in artistic expression.
The exhibition is divided into six topics. The Nature section shows how environmentally critical commentary from contemporary artists has taken up its place alongside depictions of traditional romantic nature experiences and pure observations of landscapes. Urban Life introduced admiration for technology and mechanical culture, construction, architecture, and an abstract idiom to art. The depiction of People in art is a timeless theme. Portraits express the artist’s sensitivity and ability to see their models’ personal character and various emotions. The collection’s Classics remind us of a time when they, too, were contemporary art. The Kuopio Art Museum’s large collection of Graphic Art showcases works from the late 20th century employing elements of painting and photographic art. The changing Contemporary Art section contains examples of the neo-expressionism of the 1980s and the rise of painting both in Finland and abroad.
25 April – 1 September 2019
Th rhythm of line, the feeling of motion, the mutual tension and dynamics of the forms of piece. These elements create an exhibition where movement is present in works depicting sport and the dynamics of the body both in moving images and as forms, lines and colours. Art and physical exercise meet in this exhibition compiled from works in the collections of the Kuopio Art Museum, with issues of the balance of mind and body and overall well-being emerging as its themes.