15 Rooms

Ars Nova
5.5.−11.9.2016

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova’s summer exhibition 15 Rooms offers an exceptionally wide view into the museum’s art collection. Spread out on two floors, the exhibition presents works from the collection’s international and domestic artists.

15 Rooms exhibition presents the character of the collection and shows what kind of works, representatives of time periods and parts it consists of. The exhibition does not proceed chronologically. Instead, the works present themselves through different stories, time spans and associations. The summer exhibition brings before the public works from stars of the art world, such as David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The domestic collection artists featured include Otto Mäkilä, Ulla Jokisalo, Anna Tuori and Lars-Gunnar Nordström.

Stars of the art world and changing atmospheres

Paintings, printmaking and drawings are strongly represented in the exhibition. Video works and sculptures pace the narrative flow of the exhibition. In the exhibition, you can face Silver Fox eye to eye, experience the Big Bang with the press of a button, and explore an endless-seeming paradise view.

The exhibition halls lead the viewer from an ambiance to another. The hidden worlds of the subconscious are glimpsed through the works of Max Ernst, while the frenzy of painting is sensed amongst the artists of the Cobra group and Antoni Tàpies. Pop art is examined from a Western perspective with Soviet flavorings. The relationship between humankind and nature, being an artist and sources of inspiration are present in the exhibition. Local storytellers from Kauko Lehtinen to Otto Mäkilä are given space as well.

Enjoy yoga, improvisation and guided tours in the exhibition

A diverse set of associated events complement the exhibition experience. During the summer, it is possible to do yoga, let oneself loose in an art impro, meet artists, take part in workshops and spend a family art day – all in the museum. In addition, the exhibition can be explored with a guide on Tuesdays and Thursdays with brisk 15 minute tours in Finnish, and with public guided tours twice a day the whole summer in Finnish and once a day in English from July 4 to August 28.

Alexander Calder: Les Affreux, 1962, guassi paperille, 74 x 108 cm. Kuva Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Alexander Calder: Les Affreux, 1962, gouache on paper, 74 x 108 cm.

Anna Tuori: Honey II, 2012, oil on canvas, 155 x 145 cm, image: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Courtesy of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
Ulla Jokisalo: Vis à vis, 2010, pigment print, 138 x 94 cm. Image: Ulla Jokisalo. Courtesy of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
Otto Mäkilä: Gnome (study), 1940's, oil on board, 61 x 50 cm, image: Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova / Klaus Koszubatis. Courtesy of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
View on the exhibition 15 Rooms. Image: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
View on the exhibition 15 Rooms. Image: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
View on the exhibition 15 Rooms. Image: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
View on the exhibition 15 Rooms. Image: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova