Other exhibitions


June 9th – October 10th, 2017

This exhibition shows a selection of significant Finnish artwork from between the 1800’s to the 2010’s. These pieces are presented from a new perspective which is made through a variety of different interpretations. Fine art helped build Finnish identity but do we interpret those images differently today.

The exhibition content is approached from four different themes: Finns in ImagesThe War Within UsCitizen Imagery, and Emotional Landscapes and Feelings. What do portraits reveal about people? How is the national imagery of bubbling rapids, dead trees, threatening clouds and national landscape interpreted today? What kinds of feelings does the artwork communicate? And do Finnish people compare their own war memories with contemporary situations of refugees and fear? The exhibition visitors are encouraged to consider these questions as they observe the artwork.


This exhibition primarily features paintings but there are also sculptures and industrial art. The exhibition includes Eero Järnefelt’s From Koli Fell (1927) and Finnish Landscape (1903), Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Wilderness Lake (1892) and The Forging of the Sampo, sketch (1893), Helene Schjerfbeck’s Silence (1907) and Rose-Cheeked Girl (1927), Aukusti Tuhka’s Kollaanjoki River (1964), Alvar Cawén’s Pietá (1927), Fanny Churberg’s Burn-Beaten Landscape in Uusimaa (1872), Pekka Halonen’s Winter Landscape (1923), Unto Pusa’s Joie-de-vivre (1955), Rafael Wardi’s Still-Life (1984) and Rut Bryk’s Stream (1987) as well as Ville Lenkker’s A Stray Man (2010–2014) and Reima Nevalainen’s Cuirass (2014).

This collection of art work, from the collections of the members of the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations (STSY) is here, shown together for the first time outside of Helsinki. The exhibition was produced by the Jyväskylä Art Museum in collaboration with the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations .

The exhibition includes work from Alfred Kordelin FoundationThe Fortum Art FoundationThe Gösta Serlachius Fine Art FoundationSigne and Ane Gyllenberg FoundationArt Foundation Merita and UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation.

One Hundred Years, A Thousand Meanings is produced by the Jyväskylä Art Museum in collaboration with the Finnish Art Foundation Association (STSY). The exhibition is curated by Seija Heinänen, FT, from the Jyväskylä Art Museum. The STSY member representatives collaborating in this exhibition are Director Anna-Maria Wiljanen from the UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation, Head Curator Nina Zilliacusfrom the Villa Gyllenberg Art Museum and Head Curator Laura Kuurne from the Serlachius museums.


HELSINKI NOIR – A Crime to Solve  

17.9.2015–9.1.2017 Amos Anderson Art Museum

In the final days of a damp, misty November, the body of a young woman is found in the icy embrace of the waters off Kaivopuisto Park. Her short dress and silk stockings prompt the press to dub her “the Belle of Kaivopuisto”. Who is this long-legged lovely, and what has occurred under cover of the shadowy stone city blocks? Helsinki’s busy police force gets a tragic new crime to solve.

Helsinki Noir is an exciting new exhibition concept that makes the viewer part of a crime drama. The exhibition opens to the public at the Amos Anderson Art Museum on September 17, and is a fictitious dramaturgic composition, partly based on a series of historical crimes. The setting is Helsinki at the end of the 1930s, a lively, rapidly growing capital city. Viewers, too, can choose to join in solving the crime. To accompany the exhibition, there will be a writing competition later in the autumn to find alternative endings to the tale.

The visual component of Helsinki Noir combines the modernism of the early 20th century with contemporary art. At the core of the exhibition is a selection of works of Finnish modernism by members of the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations, with artists including Birger Carlstedt, Ragni Cawén, Marcus Collin, Ragnar Ekelund, Väinö Kamppuri, Ali Munsterhjelm, Yrjö Ollila, Juho Salminen, Santeri Salokivi and Sam Vanni. Representing contemporary art is Young Artist of the Year 2013 Jarno Vesala (b. 1977). Vesala, who together with Krister Gråhn won the 7th Turku Biennial in 2015, has made a name for himself with his mysterious and intriguing installations. One of them is Verhon takana (Behind the Veil), which has been constructed specifically for Helsinki Noir. This intensely atmospheric installation fires the starting shot for a story that carries us along the city’s shorelines and through its echoing street canyons. The exhibition’s script, written as a documentary detective story, and the artworks grouped into chapters carry the tale forwards.

The exhibition has been produced by the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations (STSY) and curated by the Amos Anderson Art Museum’s Head of Exhibitions Susanna Luojus.