23 September 2016 - 28 January 2017
The curator of this exhibition Seitsemän jättiläistä (Seven Giants), sculptor and professor Villu Jaanisoo, unites seven artists of Kuopion Kuvataiteilijat ry Ars Libera, the visual artists' association of Kuopio, giving space to their personality.
Sculptor Antti Immonen places his art and also himself into the continuation of the mankind, being a part of the circulation of the universe. The works of art by Timo Kokko contemplate the being of an installation and a sculpture through material, immaterial, space and observation. The paintings by Sami Korkiakoski and Seppo Kääriäinen are filled with passion for painting, lines and colours. The Natural Art Collection by Ulla-Mari Lindström questions our understanding of nature and species, about what's possible or impossible. Tiina Tanskanen's pinhole photos talk about the artist's relationship with the forest, at the same timeb being tempting and soothing but also strange and frightening. Johanna Väisänen has built a media installation inside an Austin Mini to take the viewer from Mazzano Romano to Trevignano, along the Italian countryside in the search of home, happiness
On a Journey with the Artist - Taiteilijan matkassa
from May 17, 2013
The new basic exhibition of Kuopio Art Museum takes the visitors On a Journey with the Artist.The journey takes us from the idyllic landscapes of northern Savo depicted by Fridolf Weurlander and Ferdinand von Wright through the streets of the old town of Kuopio towards the present day. While admiring the landscapes, we can also watch the birds that the von Wright brothers, Matti Karppanen, J.Fr. Tuhkanen and other bird artists have painted with amazing accuracy.
The journey continues from local landscapes to monumental national romantic sceneries and to winter views painted by the Halonen family of artists.The journey also offers a review of symbolism and the works of the pioneers of Finnish graphic arts, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg. Approaching Europe, the easel and a palette with brighter colours are taken out into the open air, and the journey continues to the world of photography and to modern metropolis.
Next, the journey takes us through a portrait gallery which gives us intimate glimpses into the inner worlds of artists and then continues to the world of angular, dispersed shapes of cubism and to the inner feelings and emotions of expressionism in the works of November Group expressionists Tyko Sallinen, Anton Lindforss and Ilmari Aalto. The journey ends with a view into abstract expression and the politically inspired art of the 1970s.
On a Journey with the Artists also gives us a deeper insight into Juho Rissanen (1873-1950) and his art.Letters, photographs and sketches introduce us to this cosmopolitan artist, whose roots are firmly in the province of Savo.