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15.5.-5.9.2021 REAL OR NOT – At the origins of artwork

This exhibition explores the multifaceted works of art situated between original artworks and forgeries, such as copies, pastiches, reproductions and replicas. Consisting of a rich compilation of both older and contemporary art, this exhibition raises questions on what the originality of an artwork essentially means, and how important it is. In addition, the exhibition offers new and interesting visual perspectives into Finnish art history.
Not all copies are forgeries, and imitation is not always an act of copying. The history of Western art is inundated with artworks which have been copied in artistic education. In addition to making copies as part of their training, artists have copied their own work, repeating the same characters, details or entire subjects in their work. Artists have always been influenced by each other. They have borrowed subjects, studied them from new perspectives, and transferred them to the current day. Art is always based on tradition in some way or another.

Group Ö: The Fighting Capercaillies from the series Money! 1981. Photo@Harri Larjosto


24.9.2021-9.1.2O22 PETRI ALA-MAUNUS
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No events temporarely due to corona virus. We will inform later about our future events.


The building of the Salo Art Museum is an old locomotive shed. More than 100 years old, the roundhouse has in its history gone through several phases of expansion. As a result of the last expansion, the building was converted into a modern art museum. The old brick section was renovated into exhibition halls, and next to that was built a new section, in which offices and work areas, art storage, and an on-demand café are located. The roundhouse was opened as an art museum in October 1998.


In the inner courtyard of the museum stands a locomotive on the rotating turntable. The locomotive was purchased at the time of the museum´s opening from the Locomotive Park of Haapamäki. The renovation of the “chicken” type of locomotive was done by the Locomotive Museum Association of Haapamäki. The locomotive is dated to 1921, and it was in use until 1970. It got its nickname due to its characteristic “pecking” type of movement.