Ars Nova

Above the underground Aboa Vetus is the the former Rettig palace which now functions as a museum of contemporary arts – Ars Nova. The first floor of Ars Nova displays annually four changing exhibitions while an exhibition from Matti Koivurinta Foundation's art collection can be found on the second floor twice a year. Some of the temporary exhibitons also fill Ars Nova's second floor. This is also where Takkahuone-gallery is located.

Ars Nova has a space of all together 600 square metres reserved for contemporary art. The Rettig palace, which was originally designed as a private home for the Rettig family, now functions as an art museum. Exhibition rooms of various sizes go around the second floor of Ars Nova – together these rooms form an intimate space. The first floor shows merely small signs of the space's original purpose as the palace's cellar.

Several bedrooms of the Rettig family were once located on the Ars Nova's second floor. Original interior design can still be seen in the exhibition space, e.g. a green marble bathroom or a hall covered with hardwood. The second floor is very different from Ars Nova's first floor as an exhibiton space mainly because from the upper floor the viewer can admire the fantastic view over the Rettigrinne's garden and Nunnankatu.


23.09.2016 to 26.02.2017
This display of the museum collection aims to review various art genres regarded as traditional. There will be a selection of sketches, landscape paintings, still lifes and portraits to see.
02.12.2016 to 26.02.2017
An exhibition produced by Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will present an extensive collection of the works of painter Päiviö Pyöttiälä (1924–2006). The works of the artist born into a railway worker's family take the viewer into surrealistic industrial landscapes and examine the flaws of society through humor.


10.03.2017 to 28.05.2017
The video installation Madame B is a re-interpretation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary, set in the modern day.
08.06.2017 to 27.08.2017
The exhibition focuses on contemporary Finnish photography through the work of ten artists. The exhibited works discuss the playful and political side of self-photography, as well as  the ethical, objective and documental aspects of the photographic image.
08.09.2017 to 05.11.2017
The award exhibition of the Young Artist of the Year shows some of the most interesting Finnish contemporary art.
17.11.2017 to 08.04.2018
The Turku Biennial presents contemporary art from 16 artists.