Turku Art Museum exhibitions 2013

Reidar Särestöniemi – Rarely Does a Gentle Wind Blow on Arctic Fens 25 Jan – 28 Apr
Reidar Särestöniemi (1925–1981) was the foremost Lappish artist of his time. He rose to nationwide fame in the 1960s and was greatly esteemed by collectors and the bourgeoisie alike. Särestöniemi is particularly famous for his intense and colourful paintings on Lappish themes that also incorporate allusions to prehistoric art and to the great names of modernism. His greatest sources of inspiration were the nature of Lapland and Lappish folk traditions and beliefs. Peatlands, fells, grouse, lynx and ramsare all recurring motifs in his works. Often the animal figures are the artist’s own alter egos. The works in the exhibition are from the Kirsi and Keio Eerikäinen Art Foundation Collection, which was deposited at the Rovaniemi Art Museum.

Max Walter Svanberg 17 May–15 Sep
The Woman is at the center of Sweden's foremost surrealist Max Walter Svanberg's (1912‒1994) art. In his pictorial world the sensed reality blends with dreamlike visions where beauty meets horror. The exhibition, which is the first presentation of Svanberg's art in Finland, showcases works from Malmö Art Museum's collection spanning the artist's whole career.  

IC-98: ABENDLAND 4 Oct 2013–5 Jan 2014
IC-98 is an artist duo composed of Turku-based artists Visa Suonpää (b. 1968) and Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974). They are interested in events, which did not take place, fantastic connections between things, heresies and pure systems of thought, the body politic, social formations and architectural constructions, control mechanism and tech-niques of escaping them. The media employed by IC-98 include installations, drawings, animations, texts and publi-cations.

Crème de la Crème – Masterpieces from the Collection of Turku Art Museum  –3 Feb 2013
Crème de la Crème showcases all-time favourites from the collection, while stopping to consider why some works of art become, or are turned into, larger-than-life "masterpieces". This delectable serving of classic art fo-cuses on the Golden Age of Finnish art around 1900.

Collected Works 15 Feb 2013–

We see the world in the form of stories: the things we read, see and experience, the things we remember, dream and think, they all become stories in our mind. The Collected Works exhibition presents stories, some of them familiar, others previously unknown. Comprising works of art from the 19th century to the 2010s, all from the collections of the Turku Art Museum, the exhibition includes literary subjects that were popular in older art, surreal dream images as well as the more personal narrative voices of contemporary art.


Adel Abidin 25 Jan – 17 Mar
Adel Abidin (b. 1973) commenced his fine art studies in Irak’s Bagdad, his native hometown. He finalized his stud-ies in Helsinki where he currently resides. Abidin’s production consists of videos, installations and photo-graphs. By employing various media Abidin makes forays both into current topics and everyday events and simultaneously makes visible the means and forms of language games, different power-structures and the mechanisms of today’s society. Abidin’s works talk about love and life – things common to all but by using a plethora of roles and mixing and matching situations he opens up new visions and vistas to world and people inhabiting it.          

Riina Palmqvist 22 Mar – 28 Apr
Every year a graduate from the Turku Arts Academy is invited to have a degree exhibition at the museum. In spring 2013, the Studio gallery with feature work by Riina Palmqvist.

Päivi Takala 4 Oct –17 Nov

Maja Qvarnststöm & Erik Lagerwall 22 Nov 2012 – 5 Jan 2014


In 2013, the Darkroom will feature video works by artists from the Middle East.

Maha Maamoun (EGY) 25 Jan – 17 Mar 2013
The Cairo-based artist Maha Maamoun (b. 1972) has in her previous works used existing footage from Egyptian films that have the pyramids as backdrop. The pyramids continue to feature in the piece entitled 2026, but this time Maamoun takes the audience to the future. In the film we see a time traveller, a man in a hammock, and hear voiceover about the pyramids in the future. Maamoun’s work is based on Mahmoud Uthman’s novel The Revolution of 2053 (2007), and references Chris Marker’s experimental film The Pier (La Jetée, 1962).

Dani Gal (ISR) 22 Mar –28 Apr
Adolf Eichmann was hanged in 1962 after being sentenced in an Israeli court for crimes against humanity. The very night after the execution, a team of six policemen set out from the port of Jaffa on a top secret mission to dispose of Eichmann’s ashes in international waters. Dani Gal’s (b. 1975) work Nacht und Nebel (Night and fog) is based on an interview the artist conducted with Michael Goldman, a Holocaust survivor and one of the policemen on the secret mission.

Larissa Sansour (PSE/DK) 4 Oct –17 Nov
Nation Estate (2012)

Akram Zaatari (LB) 22 Nov 2013–5 Jan 2014

Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, 2010.

Turku Anikists, animations 17.5.–15.9.

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