23 November 2018 –

The new collection exhibition sets loose the classical four elements of earth, water, fire and air in a hanging that juxtaposes classic works from the collection with new acquisitions. The title of the exhibition Four Elements is a reference to the ancient Greek theory of the structure of the universe. The theory survived as a starting point for European scientific thinking up to the beginning of the modern age. Today the theory has been replaced by the atomic theory, yet earth, air, fire and water remain fundamental ideas in our everyday conception of the world. The opposites that attach to their qualities – hot and cold, dry and humid – correspond to our immediate, bodily experience of the world. Four Elements presents an opportunity to see how artists over the centuries have conceived of the relationship between humanity and the elements, or physical reality in general. Read further


7 June – 15 Sep 2019

American Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) is one of the iconic names of modern photography. She was best known for her portraits and tightly framed studies of plants and nudes. Cunningham’s visually striking black-and-white photographs explore their subject close up, revealing to us the beauty that hides even in seemingly humble objects. In addition to photos of natural subjects and of nudes, the exhibition includes self-portraits from different periods and also expressive photographs of Cunningham taken by her colleagues. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Imogen Cunningham Trust, Seattle. Read further


7 June – 15 September 2019

Jenni Yppärilä creates three-dimensional paintings of imaginary and partly real buildings in Turku. Instead of direct likenesses, however, the pictures show the houses with the addition of graffiti, tags, alien vegetation or rhizomes. Thematically the paintings explore the dynamics between change and permanence, on the one hand, and the individual, society and nature, on the other. Read further


7 June – 15 September 2019

Anssi Kasitonni is a versatile artist whose short films caricature popular culture and life itself. Shot on his Sahalahti estate, the films are home-spun in style yet the ideas in them are all the more epic in scale. The exhibition at Turku Art Museum presents Kasitonni’s two latest films Saladdin Castique (2018) and Sakke (2018). Read further

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