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EXHIBITIONS

Our summer exhibition HC BERG is closed, we are building new!

HC BERG

Summer and the season of light is the ideal time to present the works of Hans-Christian Berg (b. 1971). The exciting, eye-catching works bring the viewer back to the basics: Why do we see what we see? The structure of coloured acrylic plastic works draws the viewer in, as they are perceived differently from a distance than when up close. What does observation consist of? The experience around Berg works is further enhanced by the fact that the experience of observation is also physical.

The way we see and experience things is intertwined with our own experiences and past. This also affects how observation is discussed. HC Berg’s works challenge the familiar way of looking at things, coaxing you to reject your preconceptions. They suggest that you should not always rely on your first sensory observation: the reality might be more complex than the human eye could ever truly see.

HC Berg, Color Space – Revolution, 2020, photo: HC Berg

Our summer exhibition LAURA LAINE: Egg, Sugar & Pink Flora is closed. We are building new!

Laura Laine (b. 1983) has achieved renown as an illustrator in Finland and internationally, but has also been working with glass since 2014. Her expressive, imaginative work resembles glass space rockets on a launch pad, deep-sea corals or spiky trophies. The exuberant detail of her work easily brings Baroque and Rococo to mind. Likewise, Laine’s techniques have a real pop-art sensibility, but the tone in her works is more sensitive and coquettish. Laine is interested in colours, picturesqueness and even the craziest possibilities of glass.

The free-blown glass pieces were designed on Laine’s drawing table, and Czech master glassblowers Emil Kovac and Robert Lennerdid the actual blowing at Nuutajärvi Glass Village in collaboration with the artist.

Laura Laine, Sugar, 2021, photo: Jussi Tiainen

PAST EXHIBITIONS

MUSEUM BUILDING

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.

Salo Art museum, photo: Niclas Warius

OLD LOCOMOTIVE

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.