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22.1.-24.4.2022 Arnold Newman – Masterclass, Creation of a New Portrait

Arnold Newman (1918-2006) was one of the most productive, creative, and successful portrait photographers of the twentieth century. For sixty-six years he applied himself to his art and craft, and was recognized by regular publication in the most influential magazines of the day, major solo exhibitions, and appearances in many of the world’s most prestigious photography collections.

Famous sitters range from painters, writers, and musicians to businessmen, bankers, and leaders of industry. Newman is often credited with being the first photographer to use so-called environmental portraiture, in which the photographer places the subject in a carefully controlled space of his choosing.

“For me the studio is a sterile world. I need to get out; to be with people where they’re at home.”

This major retrospective exhibition Masterclass includes a wide selection of Newman’s portraits in the form of vintage prints, along with the occasional work print. Many of these prints are being exhibited for the first time.

“This exhibition has been produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of
Photography, Minneapolis/Paris/Lausanne, and the Harry Ransom Center,
Austin, in collaboration with Salo Art Museum”.

The exhibition is closed – new is coming up!

22.1.-24.4.2022 Jaana Paulus: Colour Woodcut Prints

Nature motifs and human figures lead to a multilayered world of woodcut prints. Produced using the reduction technique, works displayed in Jaana Paulus’ (b. 1963) exhibition showcase the artist’s career, which spans over 30 years. In the reduction technique, all the colours to be used in the work are printed with a single block. A single work will involve printing colours several times; as the work progresses, the block is eventually “carved out”.

In the 1990s, Paulus’ woodcut prints were colourful and controversial. In the 2000s her woodcut prints became more personal. A work might portray a female saint without a halo and stigmata on her wrists. In recent years, lake landscapes have emerged in her work. Lake Päijänne and its shores have been a familiar place for Paulus since her childhood. Paulus portrays events symbolically or even surrealistically.

In the early 2000s she restored medieval wooden sculptures at the Church of St. Mary in Hollola. Impressed by the damaged beauty of the sculptures, Paulus introduced gilding to her own work as part of technique. Combining gilding with paper-based printing is challenging, but it adds a new dimension, such as shadows and reflections of branches on the surface of water.

Memories of the fragility of life and the mutual suffering caused by humans as well as her own experiences with the beauty and glory of nature are recurring themes in Paulus’ work. Her work reveals the vulnerability of life, while also highlighting the power channelled to humans by nature.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation provided funding for the exhibition.

Jaana Paulus, Self-portrait in April, 2021, 61 x 45 cm, puupiirros. © Jaana Paulus



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.