It has been 20 years since the Rettig Palace was converted into a museum where the old and new unite. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova celebrates its birthday on the April Fool’s Day on 1 April, when the museum offers its visitors free entry and a special program.
20 years ago the Aura riverside and Turku’s museum scene changed, as the Matti Koivurinta Foundation opened a new museum into the space of the Rettig Palace. Originally, the foundation’s aim was to open an art museum, but as the archaeological excavations on the site continued, the interest towards the ruins emerging from under the palace grew. The undertaking was doubled when it was decided to found a museum both of history and contemporary art.
In 1995 the city discovered below ground was named Aboa Vetus (old Turku) and the art museum became Ars Nova (new art). The palace, which had now been turned into a public place, made public also the history below it. The palace and its garden, the medieval city block ruins of Aboa Vetus with its finds that was born through archaeological digs, and the foundation’s art collection are a valuable and unique part of our shared cultural heritage.
The museum celebrates its birthday throughout the year. The birthday party will be held on the April Fool’s Day on 1 April, with free entry and a special program. It is then possible to take part in a free workshop aimed at the whole family and hear a sound sculpture by ”the only official production unit of sound sculptures in the Nordic countries”, the (sound) sculpture duo Juha Hurme and Tomi Alatalo. The exhibition Nineties! – 20 Years of History and Contemporary Art in Omatila Gallery and the poster gallery connected to it offer a glimpse into the museum’s past. The staff are present in the museum space during the birthday.