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.


14.02.2014 to 01.06.2014
The exhibition displays the most recent purchases from The Matti Koivurinta Foundation Art Collection.
14.02.2014 to 01.06.2014
A joint exhibition featuring beloved Turku landscapes by painter Pentti Veroma, as well as works by his daughter, Sirkka Sartes, and granddaughter, Minna Sartes.
14.02.2014 to 01.06.2014
The  exhibition presents a unique whole of Finnish photography from the Hannula & Hinkka collection, from the 1960s to the present day.


13.06.2014 to 31.08.2014
The extensive museum exhibition by the Hungarian artist Balázs Kicsiny will be on display for the first time in Finland and the Nordic countries. Kicsiny’s most significant works from the period 1998–2014 will be shown. His works are like impossible riddles, offering a variety of interpretations.
12.09.2014 to 02.11.2014
In the autumn, the Young Artist of the Year 2014 award exhibition will once again be on display also in Turku, thanks to collaboration between Tampere Art Museum and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.