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27.1–28.4.2024 Chen Jiagang

Photographer Chen Jiagang’s images combine hypnotic depictions of the Chinese countryside, the factories and marketplaces of megacities, industrial architecture and still-life human figures. The large photographs open up vast landscapes, revealing the immense proportions of a special kind of nature and, at the same time, the human handprint left there. China’s rich natural resources and huge population have enabled the country’s rapid economic growth. At the same time, they have created a vicious circle of production and consumption, with big factories producing more and more goods. Chen’s work conveys a reflection on the relationship between history and the present and, through this, a concern for the future.

Chen Jiagang, originally trained as an architect, now lives and works in Beijing. His photographic works have been exhibited at solo and group exhibitions around the world in Asia, Europe and the United States. His works are in the collections of major museums such as MoMA in New York and LACMA in Los Angeles.

27.1.–28.4.2024 Gallery Sidetrack: Nuutti Koskinen – Primaarisukkessio / Primary Succession

Veturitalli’s Gallery Sivuraide presents a two-channel video installation by Nuutti Koskinen (b. 1975) Primary Succession (2023), which tells the story of the relationship between archipelago nature and humans. The work deals with the infrastructure of representing, experiencing and shaping nature.

Primary Succession highlights systems that guide the way we experience, shape and value our environment. The archipelago is an example of a national landscape where the influence of modern man and nature’s own history form layers that are partly incompatible but also partly invisible. Koskinen is interested in the pieces that make up our relationship with nature and what influences the formation of that relationship.


30.9.2023–7.1.2024 Jarno Vesala

Jarno Vesala (b. 1977) is known for his installations consisting of sculptures in human form, sound and moving image. Based on observation and illusion, his artworks create a mystical, even scary, atmosphere. The viewer plays an important role in the course of events. The artwork is simultaneously a static, three-dimensional photograph, and a scene unfolding around the viewer. Vesala uses small gestures to ask questions about the human condition. In Salo, museum visitors have a chance to see a piece created through video projections, in which the viewer feels like a part of a large crowd. The viewer is forced to watch the events unfold, like a silent bystander. How does it feel to be part of a group, yet simultaneously an outsider and alone?

30.9.2023–7.1.2024 Gallery Sidetrack: Sanni Weckman – Trace

Visual Artist Sanni Weckman combines different textile techniques in her work, such as woollen yarn to create artwork based on photographs. The exhibition title, Trace, refers to the artist’s reflection on what kind of traces we leave behind us, and how we see each other. Recycling is an essential part of Weckman’s artwork. The artist often goes to flea markets and buys most of her material there.

6.5.–10.9. 2023 Gertrude Bell and Meeri Koutaniemi: Hidden Freedom

The documentary works of Gertrude Bell (1868–1926) and Meeri Koutaniemi (b. 1987) come together in this summer exhibition. The British Gertrude Bell worked as an explorer, author, political officer, archaeologist and a spy in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bell is particularly known for her photographs and letters. Meeri Koutaniemi is a Finnish photographer, who depicts social themes and highlights human rights issues in her work. Both Bell and Koutaniemi have travelled around the Middle East and Asia, observing and photographing local events and people. This exhibition showcases documentation produced by the two photographers in the same countries in two different eras, and creates a dialogue between their works.

6.5.–10.9.2023 Galleri Sidetrack: Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: 101 for All

101 for All is an interactive media installation to which 30 divisive statements have been drawn from the public debate. One hundred people share their personal opinions, representing a statistical cross-section of the population of Finland. The video premiered approximately ten years ago. The exhibition at Salo Art Museum provides an opportunity to consider whether anything has changed. The intimate artwork gives a deep view into people’s experiences and how political decisions appear in their life.


24.9.-8.1.2023 ÜBERHUND – the Fascinating Dogs of Art

The unique relationship between dogs and humans has been widely depicted in the visual arts, and it is an important subject matter in genre painting. For thousands of years, dogs and their owners have been immortalised in images all around the world. Dogs have been depicted as people’s companions, wild animals living in packs, and as symbols of wealth, power and matters beyond human comprehension.

Throughout the centuries, societal and cultural changes have affected our attitudes towards animals, and the methods and objectives of depicting them. The dog has taken on an increasingly central role in the visual arts.

Based on artistic depictions, it looks as though dogs have been leading a good life. In many artworks, this is reflected in the exchange of glances between humans and dogs, a tender touch, or an atmosphere of camaraderie. Attributes such as security, loyalty, companionship and cuteness are associated with canine art. In contemporary art, ironic and critical tones have been added. They comment on the long shared history between humans and dogs by highlighting the inconsistency of human activity.

Artistic images of dogs are always created by people, and they do not necessarily provide a true reflection of reality. The images convey both the personal significance of the dog to the artist, as well as the viewer’s own, human interpretation of the piece. By studying canine expressions and gestures solely from a human perspective, it is easy to falsely interpret that the dogs are looking guilty, depressed or accusatory, or to think that they are laughing. They become imaginary characters.

The exhibition, Überhund – the Fascinating Dogs in Art, presents the various roles dogs have played in visual art from the beginning of the common era up until today. The artworks are on loan from public collections in Finnish museums, galleries, foundations, and private collections. The exhibition has been produced in cooperation between Salo Art Museum Veturitalli, Kouvola Art Museum Poikilo, and the Art Museums of Jyväskylä, Mikkeli and Kuopio.

24.9.-8.1.2023 Gallery Sidetrack: PILVI TAKALA: The Stroker 

The Stroker is based on Pilvi Takala’s two week-long intervention at Second Home, a trendy East London coworking space for young entrepreneurs and startups. During the intervention Takala posed as a wellness consultant named Nina Nieminen, the founder of cutting-edge company Personnel Touch who were allegedly employed by Second Home to provide touching services in the workplace.

14.5.-4.9.2022 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 even 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.

14.5.-4.9.2022 LAURA LAINE: Egg, Sugar & Pink Flora / Gallery Sidetrack

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 Lenner did the actual blowing at Nuutajärvi Glass Village in collaboration with the artist.

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.

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.
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“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”.

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.
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The Finnish Cultural Foundation provided funding for the exhibition.


24.9.2021-9.1.2022 Petri Ala-Maunus / La-La Land
Petri Ala-Maunus (b.1979) is well-known for his landscape paintings, which, at a first glance, look like romantic pastoral scenes from the 19th century. In his paintings, the majestic scenes have become larger and more impressive than reality. Executed with great attention to detail, the artworks look photographic. Sometimes the colour palette looks as though it was limited to three or four tones with an image editing programme, sometimes even just black and white.
These paintings depict nature as something untouched, almost heavenly, showing no people or signs of destruction caused by human beings. Or do they? In some of the works, Ala-Maunus breaks the illusion by adding drips or areas of garish colour that stand out from the rest of the painting, or leaves parts of the surface unpainted.
In addition to his most recent work, this large solo exhibition of Petri Ala-Maunus showcases artwork from public and private collections retrospectively from the past ten years or so.

24.9.2021-9.1.2022 Juha Joro / Photographs, gallery Sidetrack

15.5.-5.9.2021 Real or not?
This exhibition explored 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.

30.1.-25.4.  Together – Vintage photographs of communities in Salo area
The exhibition showcased photographs taken in the centre of Salo, aswell as in the neighbouring villages. The photographs depicted villages and communities of people working and spending time together, celebrating their special days and living their everyday life. The old photographs tell stories about the daily chores in the fields and forests during the early decades of last century, work communities, mills and factories, but also about leisure time activities. In other words, the photographs depicted events and gatherings bringing people together.


25.2.-17.3. Tommi Toija, Self -images
8.-30.8. Salo Artists´ Association, pop up -exhibition Together


21.9.2019-12.1.2020 Alexander Reichstein, Over Time
Based in Finland since 1990, the Russian-born artist and illustrator Alexander Reichstein (born 1957) has his own niche in Finnish art consisting of imaginary and interactive installations at the border of art and illusion. Reichstein´s interactive exhibition offers a unique, multisensory art experience, as the visitors are also offered a chance to create their own artwork.

11.5.-8.9.2019 Stefan Bremer, Velocity
Photographer Stefan Bremer´s (born 1953) large retrospective presents series of differently themed photographs. The earliest works in the exhibition date back to the Helsinki by Night series made in the 1970s and 1980s, while the newest photographs have not been previously exhibited. Some of Stefan Bremer´s works are documentary in style, and some represent a more exerimental form of photographic art. The human being is at the centre of his artwork. Stefan Bremer has also worked as a photographer for various magazines.

11.5.-8.9.2019 In Cafe Veturitalli: Koit ny rauhottu! – Try to calm down now! Photographs of young people in Salo from 1950s to 1980s.

29.9.2018-13.1.2019 Nanna Susi In the Moods – retrospective Read more Read more
and In the tower Canal Cheong Jagerroos, Floating Island
In the Moods -exhibition shows a deeper view into Nanna Susi´s production during decades. Nanna Susi is one of the most famous Finnish artists and cosmopolitan. Canal Cheong Jagerroos is building her own studio exhibition Floating Island in the museum tower. Both two artists have been co-operating together with an exhibition project Blue and Red representing different cultures: Canal Cheong Jagerroos from China, and Nanna Susi from Finland. The works of the two artists reflect the everyday life, history, culture and surroundings they encountered, filtered through their own artistic expression and cultural background. Both artists will be on show touring among four art museums in Finland starting from Salo.

26.5.-16.9. Herb Ritts, In Full Light – International Photographic Exhibition
American Herb Ritts (1952-2002) rose to worldwide fame mostly because of his black-and-white fashion prints and portraits of public figures. Ritts´ career as a photographer began in the 1970s. With his sculpture-like fashion images his reputation grew to the point that he started working with top fashion designers such as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Gianni Versace. The most well known of his works include sensuous nude studies of supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour. Produced by Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia in co-operation with Herb Ritts Foundation.

In the studio 26.5.-16.9.2018 Silja Selonen, Sonata
The name of Silja Selonens exhibition -Sonata- denotes to sounds of nature and melody of life. Beside exposed paintings you can listen to immemorial genetic code. Last year Silja had opportunity to work with scientists in Turku University`s Biochemistry department of Molecular Plant Biology. Assistant professor Paula Mulo introduced her to one of the oldest bacteria on earth. Part of its genetic code has now been transformed to frequencies by using audio-software. The software is based on measurements of molecules resonations, so You can say that this sound-file is an auditory structure of certain molecule. Silja Selonen is studying nature and natural sciences to understand the laws of universe. When painting she often combines abstraction to realism, and is interested in innovative techniques.

17.2.-13.5.2018 Anja Aho (1931-1992), sculptures and Salo Artists´ Association 50 years
Salo Artists´ Association was founded in 1968. One of the founding members was sculptor Anja Aho, and an exhibition of her work is being shown in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of Salo Artists´ Association. Anja Aho(née Virtanen) studied at Turku Drawing School at the end of the 1940s. From 1950 to 1952 she was a private student of Wäinö Aaltonen, and from 1954 to 1956 she was at the Danish Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Anja Aho moved to Salo in the early 1960s, where she produced a large number of commissioned portraits and works portraying the closeness she shared with her loved ones. The Anja Aho exhibition was produced by Salo art museum. The 50th anniversary exhibition of Salo Artists´ Association, curated by artist Raakel Kuukka, features its members´ latest works.

17.2.-13.5.2018 In the tower Taina Kurtze

2017 (2018)
30.9.2017- 4.2. 2018 Elliott Erwitt, Retrospective – International Photographic Exhibition
Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan, then emigrated to the US, via France, with his family in 1939. As a teenager living in Hollywood, he developed an interest in photography and worked in a commercial darkroom before experimenting with photography at Los Angeles City College. In 1948 he moved to New York and exchanged janitorial work for film classes at the New School for Social Research.

Erwitt travelled in France and Italy in 1949 with his trusty Rolleiflex camera. In 1951 he was drafted for military service and undertook various photographic duties while serving in a unit of the Army Signal Corps in Germany and France. While in New York, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, the former head of the Farm Security Administration. Stryker initially hired Erwitt to work for the Standard Oil Company, where he was building up a photographic library for the company, and subsequently commissioned him to undertake a project documenting the city of Pittsburgh.

In 1953 Erwitt joined Magnum Photos and worked as a freelance photographer for Collier´s, Look, Life, Holiday and other luminaries in that golden period for illustrated magazines. To this day he is for hire and continues to work for a variety of journalistic and commercial outfits. In the late 1960s Erwitt served as Magnum´s president for three years. He then turned to film: in the 1970s he produced several noted documentaries and in the 1980s eighteen comedy films for Home Box Office. Erwitt became known for benevolent irony, and for a humanistic sensibility traditional to the spirit of Magnum.

30.9.2017-4.2.2018 studioexhibition The Lap by Esko Keski-Vähälä and Seppo Kalliokoski

20.5.-17.9.2017 Lace and Luxury
In past centuries lace has often been used to embellish clothing and home decoration. Initially lace was a thing of luxury, but is nowadays more commonplace. Although handmade lace has gradually given way to the machine-made version, its fragile structure continues to enhance and beautify people´s everyday lives and festivities. This exhibition presents a look at the history of lace by means of artworks – from 17th-century portraits and interiors to contemporary works, where it is even used as a medium. Also on display are examples of lace textiles, both old and new, some of which are similar to the lace depicted in the works. The exhibition combines art and craftsmanship with cultural and social history. The items on display have been loaned by museums, private collections and contemporary artists in Finland and other Nordic countries. The exhibition is Salo Art Museum´s own production.

4.2.-7.5.2017 Heikki Willamo, The Mythical Journey
Through his pictures of animals and landscapes in Finland and northern Norway, photographic artist Heikki Willamo (b. 1952) travels back in time to ancient history and the mythical beginnings that had gone before. Willamo thus links himself to a chain forged over millennia by creators of animal images, trying to find his way back to the primal images – the internal visions – that arise from myths and stories, apparitions, dreams and beliefs in which animals have other kinds of significance. This exhibition of black and white photographs also includes a video artwork about Willamo by Perttu Saksa, as well as soundscapes by Kie von Hertzen.

22.10.2016-22.1.2017 Ester Helenius
The Painter Ester Helenius (1875-1955) has retained a place in Finnish art history as an intense and refined user of colour. She was a resolute artist who was aware of her calling and who saw fit to paint impulsively. Helenius is primarily known for her sensitive portraits and floral still-lifes. Classical dance themes, harlequin images, and subjects with religious undertones – such as angels and atmospheric views of cathedrals – also pprovided her with the means to express motion and beauty. This exhibition is a production of Hämeenlinna Art Museum.

In the studio of the tower 22.10.-22.1. Marjukka Vainio, Photographs

28.5-9.10.2016 Lyyli Säilä, Uuno Eskola and friends
At the beginning of the 20th century there was a group of artists working in Salo who were friends for decades: Matti Warén, Uuno Eskola, Viljo Hurme, Lyyli Säilä and Ben Renvall. This exhibition was put together by Salo Art Museum in order to raise awareness of their works, especially those of Uuno Eskola (1889-1958) and Lyyli Säilä (1905-1967). Born in Pertteli, Uuno Eskola´s life´s work branched out in many directions. He was an expressionist painter and also a writer. His novel about artists, The Seductions of Blood, was published in 1923. Eskola worked in Rauma as a theatre director, and in Tampere as a set designer and actor. He also directed one of the first films in Finland at the end of the 1920s. After the war, he created mosaic works for public spaces, including churches. Salo painter Lyyli Säilä is known mainly for her depictions of scenes from her local area, but she also produced many portraits. Säilä often spent her summers in Kustavi, her mother´s birthplace, and also painted the things that she saw around her there.

30.1.-15.5.2016 Photographer Juha Metso, retrospective Emotion in Motion
Photographer Juha Metso (b. 1965) is from Kotka and has been successful as both a photojournalist and as a photographic artist. Metso has photographed in over 60 countries, particularly behind the eastern border of Finland in Karelia and deep into Russia, and also in Africa and Afghanistan. He has been a media photographer for several Finnish publications, from the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat to the weekly magazine Suomen Kuvalehti. Along with his commissioned assignments, Metso has always created his more artistic work. This includes pictures for several artists´ album covers, as well as books of photographs. Several of the books focus on musicians and artists who Metso knows personally (e.g. Ville Haapasalo, Kari Peitsamo, Juice Leskinen, Miina Äkkijyrkkä, and the rock band Sielun Veljet); others are about places that Metso finds interesting, together with the people who live there – such as Benin with its voodoo culture, and the ceded territories Suursaari and Karelia. The exhibition is a co-production with Lappeenranta Art Museum.

30.1.-17.4. In the studio of the tower Justin Houessou, Photo Jeunesse
These are portraits which were taken in the photographer´s studio in Grand-Popo, Benin, in the 1960s and 70s.

17.10.2015-17.1.2016 New Narrative and Reader
The artists participating in New Narrative and Reader were: visual artist Erno Enkenberg, painter Sami Havia, visual artist Pauliina Kaasalainen, photographer Laura Konttinen, painter Teemu Korpela, sculptor Sampo Malin, textile artist Niina Mantsinen, photographer Karoliina Paappa, photographer Sami Parkkinen, painter Tiina Pyykkinen, visual artist duo Maria Teeri & Janne Nabb, sculptor Taneli Rautiainen, video artist Bita Razavi, and painter Camilla Vuorenmaa. New Narrative and Reader features contemporary art in many different forms: photographs, paintings, sculptures and installations. Its concept was inspired by the museum building´s history. Köönikkä aimed to curate an exhibition in which both the artworks as well as their origin stories form a narrative for the audience to compare with their own experiences. Sited within a former library, New Narrative and Reader contributes to the ongoing act of collecting stories within the space. “When the premises still functioned as a library, the world of books and stories was reached only by a limited audience. Now as a museum, visual artworks can ideally achieve even wider audience, including illiterate people and those outside the language barriers” states Köönikkä. “Unlike it´s generally thought, accessibility of contemporary art isn´t dependent on orthodox understanding of the artwork but the sensations and thoughts that are raised when experiencing the artwork. True challenge for museums isn´t art itself, but how to guide the audience to see art with an open mind.”

Curator MA Laura Köönikkä, exhibition partners The Finnish Institute in London and Embassy of Finland in London. The exhibition was supported by the Arts Promotion Centre in Finland and Frame Visual Art Finland. The exhibition was open in Bury Art Museum and Sculptuire Centre 6.6.-29.8.2015 and in Finland at the Salo Art Museum from October 17, 2015 to January 17, 2016

In the studio of the tower 1.12.2015-17.1.2016 Sami Kilpiö, Always Tough but Never Good
Documentary photo series of Salo (town in South-West Finland) portrays the financial breakdown of the richest town in Finland within just a few years. The hype of mobile technology delivered massive tax revenue to the town with 50 000 inhabitants during two decades. Closing down the Nokia mobile phone business reclaimed the town back to its own league in the 2010´s when jobs and tax revenue disappeared. The larger story behind the photo series of Salo portrays the structural change of Finland. How does a town look like when a factory is closed down and employees made redundant? When money no longer goes round, city center becomes desolate and people start moving away. When houses don´t sell. When violence increases. And when the former mobile phone factory houses a sex fair. The series seen in the exhibition is a fragment of Kilpiö´s documentary photo book, which will be published in winter 2015-16. Sami Kilpiö (b. 1985) is photographer and photojournalist from Salo. He takes photographs of wide variety of subjects for various purposes: anything from portraits to photos for feature stories. Kilpiö works for the biggest Finnish and European magazines.

30.5.-4.10.2015 Leena Luostarinen, Distant Love
The subject matter and execution of Leena Luostarinen´s paintings movingly convey the artist´s own emotions and experiences. The works do not tell a linear story, but they share key elements of space and atmosphere. These paintings include the artist´s most familiar subjects: large, dormant felines plus ibises, sphinxes and flowers. The exhibition gives an overall picture of this esteemed artist´s works from the late 1960s right up to the very last paintings that she produced. Curated by Bishop Arseni, a friend of the artist´s for several decades.

31.1.-17.5. Nick Brandt, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
The Salo Art Museum Roundhouse opened the 2015 program with the internationally acclaimed photographer Nick Brandt´s photo exhibition On This Earth, A Shadow Falls. The exhibition of over 60 large-format black-and-white photographs in celebration of the threatened and unique wildlife and nature of East Africa filled every room of the Salo Art Museum. The exhibition was produced by the Swedish Fotografiska Museet, which organized Nick Brandt´s extensive solo exhibition back in 2011.

In the studio of the tower 31.1.-17.5. Mats Andersson, Intimations, Nature Photography

11.10.2014 – 18.1.2015 Photographs of Old Salo
An exhibition of memories and the fascinating world of a lost Salo through old photographs. The township of Salo was established in 1887, just before the great fire of Salo. The oldest known photograph of Salo is J.J. Reinberg´s shot of the town square before the fire. In the beginning of the 1900s, the photographs were largely taken with glass negatives, of which only a few remain. The prints of the exhibition were made from these rare specimens belonging to the collections of the town of Salo and the Salo-Uskela Association. A key player was Salo´s Uusi Valokuvaamo, which continued into the 1930s as Valokuvaamo Ritvana. This exhibition is a production of the Salo Art Museum.

In the studio of the tower 11.10.2014 – 18.1.2015 Spaces of Time / Kai Fagerström and Andréa Vannucchi
The past of deserted houses, deterioration of old buildings, and actual inhabitants vanished from residences – these become the connecting theme for this artist duo. On the basis of these, the photographers were able to build from abandoned places a space for re-membering and create a visual reconstruction without verbal information through artistic means. By bringing different reflections and layers of time to the spaces, the photographers animate the abandoned houses presented in the works of Spaces of Time. The exhibition collects thoughts of time, permanence and memories, as well as a way of life that no longer exists. All the photos were produced collaboratively.

7.6. – 28.9.2014. Olli Lyytikäinen, retrospective. And the Harvesters.
Olli Lyytikäinen (1949-1987) was an extremely prolific artist who stubbornly stuck to the figurative and the imagination. Lyytikäinen was the founder of a group of artists in 1970, the Harvesters. At the same time as Lyytikäinen´s exhibition, the following Harvesters are also presented: Pekka Airaksinen, Carolus Enckell, Antero Kare, Philip von Knorring, Jan-Olof Mallander, Leo Ruuskanen, Carl-Erik Ström, Ilkka Juhani Takalo-Eskola, Erik Uddström, Janne Vainio, Peter Widén and Stuart Wrede. Lyytikäinen´s retrospective is made in cooperation with the Nordic Akvarellmuseet located in Sweden.

29.3. – 25.5.2014 Ilona Niemi, Wasteland
Ilona Niemi treats impermanence in her work. In the pieces of the Wasteland exhibition, there come together references that are typical to Niemi: literature, myths and fashion, personal mythology and symbolism, and sophisticated but sometimes very crooked and playful modes of expression. In addition to paintings and installations, three-dimensional collages from recycled materials are featured. Wasteland refers to the poem by T.S. Eliot, which parallels Niemi´s work in many ways and where one can even find a glimpse of La Pia, which in Niemi´s life corresponds to her lost childhood friend Piia.

29.3. – 25.5.2014 Jaana Partanen and the Pa-La Team, Alchemy of Mind
The Alchemy of Mind trilogy reflects on the essence of the mind and consciousness. It is the first art exhibition series to be executed in 3D format in Finland. By means of interactive works, the central part, the Matrix layer that focuses on the enigma of the sleeping mind, brings to the realm of art the newest innovations of 3D techniques and game technology, such as virtual-reality glasses and the dreamlike reality produced by them. Belonging to the first part of the trilogy, the Harry Potter layer, there are also enchanting 3D photographs.

18.1. – 16.3.2014 Restlessness
The artists involved in the exhibition were Heini Aho, Saara Ekström, Marjatta Holma, IC-98, Kati Immonen, Anne Koskinen, Nuutti Koskinen, Erkki Nampajärvi, Mika Natri, Elsa Salonen, Kimmo Schroderus and Noora Schroderus. The art critic Veikko Halmetoja served as the curator of the exhibition. The exhibition was produced by the Salo Art Museum Roundhouse in cooperation with the Arts Promotion Centre of Southwest Finland. Curator Veikko Halmetoja.

In the studio of the tower 18.1. – 16.3.2014 Glass artist Hanna Virtomaa, The Women´s Floor
Glass artist Hanna Virtomaa (b. 1963) creates functional and decorative glass through techniques of melting and lead came. Virtomaa has studied glass art in Scotland 2001-2003 (Glasgow College of Building and Printing, Glasgow Metropolitan College). Ideas are found partially from recycled materials such as old window frames.

Ilkka Lammi 12.10.2013-5.1.2014
Hanna Lamnaouer, studioexhibition 12.11.2013-5.1.2014
Hiroyuki Masuyama, Transform 15.6.-29.9.2013
Riikka Niittonen, studioexhibition 15.6.-29.9.2013
Salo Artists´ Association 45 years and Tiiti Mendelin, retrospective 13.4.-2.6.2013
Hannes Heikura, We Walk Alone – Dark Zone 19.1.-31.3.2013
Timo A. Aalto, studioexhibition 19.1.-17.3.2013

Metsien miehet 22.9.2012-6.1.2013
Adolf Bock and marine artists 9.6.-9.9.2012
Jim Brandenburg, A Pristine Vision 17.3.-27.5.2012
Heikki Willamo, studioexhibition 17.3.-27.5.2012
Samuli Heimonen 28.1.-4.3.2012
Juha Allan Ekholm, studioexhibition 28.1.-4.3.2012
Savi vieköön! Åsa Hellman, Anna-Maria Osipow, Johanna Sarparanta and Riitta Talonpoika 12.11.2011-15.1.2012
Ilona Niemi, Kukkuluuruu / Peek-a-boo! studioexhibition 12.11.2011-15.1.2012

Savi vieköön! Åsa Hellman, Anna-Maria Osipow, Johanna Sarparanta and Riitta Talonpoika 12.11.2011- 15.1.2012
Ilona Niemi, Kukkuluuruu / Peek-a-boo! studioexhibition 12.11.2011-15.1.2012
Halikonlahti Green Art -trilogy III 10.9.-30.10.2011
Yösiivikkoja ja muuta yöelämää – Risto Lindstedt and Jarmo Markkanen 10.9-30.10.2011
Tent trip – modern finnish contemporary art 11.6.-28.8.2011
Muurlan opiston sarjakuvataiteen opiskelijoiden sarjakuvareitti kesä-elokuun
Mervi Pakaste, Hollywood Times, studioexhibition 11.6.-28.8.2011
Käsityksiä – Minna Kangasmaa, Merja Miettinen and Silja Puranen 2.4.-29.5.2011
David Graham, Why me? in the studio 2.4.-29.5.2011
Finnish printmarkers´ association 80 years, anniversary exhibition 22.1.-20.3.2011
Kalle Mustonen, In Wood, studioexhibition 22.1.-20.3.2011
Tuula and Erkka Auermaa  23.10.2010 – 9.1.2011
Eliisa Määttälä, studioexhibition 14.12.2010-9.1.2011

Tuula and Erkka Auermaa  23.10.2010 – 9.1.2011
Eliisa Määttälä, studioexhibition 14.12.2010-9.1.2011
Hiroko Kagawa, studioexhibition 23.10.-28.11.2010
Luonto antaa – luonto ottaa (Nature takes, nature gives) 14.9.-10.10. 2010
Liisa Kanerva, studioexhibition 4.9.-10.10.2010
Kuvassa kotiseutu –  Turku Art Museums collections 15.5.-22.8.2010
Gloria Badarau-Heikkilä, studioexhibition 15.5.-22.8.2010
Steve McCurry, Retrospective 13.2.-2.5.2010
Andréa Vannucchi, studioexhibition 25.3.-2.5.2010
Muddle Lilius, studioexhibition 13.32.-14.3.2010
Pelaa – Play! 21.11.2009-31.1.2010
Tuukka Halonen, studioexhibition 21.11.2009-31.1.2010

Pelaa – Play! 21.11.2009-31.1.2010
Tuukka Halonen, studioexhibition 21.11.2009-31.1.2010
Facing China 5.9.-8.11.2009
Tarmo Hakala, studioexhibition 5.9.-8.11.2009
Maanviljelijän unelma – The Farmer´s Dream 23.5.-23.8.2009
Sami Korkiaskoski and Sampsa Sarparanta 11.4.-10.5.2009
Lotta-Pia Kallio, studioexhibition 11.4.-10.5.2009
Jarmo Mäkilä 7.2.-29.3.2009
Suvi Toivoniemi, True Friends, studioexhibition 7.2.-29.3.2009
Sakari Mäkipuro, retrospective 8.11.2008-25.1.2009
Satu-Maaria Mäkipuro, studioexhibition 8.11.2008-25.1.2009

Sakari Mäkipuro retrospective 8.11.2008-25.1.2009
Satu-Maaria Mäkipuro, studioexhibition 8.11.2008-25.1.2009
Waterways Halikonlahti Green Art Trilogy II 13.9.-26.10.2008
Kuutti Lavonen 31.5.-31.8.2008
Hannu Nikander, studioexhibition 31.5.-31.8.2008
Punainen täplä – Red spot, varsinaissuomalaista nykytaidetta (contemporary Finnish art) 9.-18.5.2008
Fashion Photography by Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Alec Soth 8.3.-4.5.2008
Tiina Hölli, studioexhibition 8.3.-6.4.2008
Läpivalaisu- Transillumination: Susanne Gottberg, Maarit Mäkelä, Jaana Paulus, Jaana Saario and Nanna Susi 19.1.-24.2.2008
Alexander Reichstein 3.11.2007.-6.1.2008
Tarja Ervasti, studioexhibition 3.11.2007-6.1.2008

Alexander Reichstein, Curious Creatures & Changes 3.11.2007.-6.1.2008
Tarja Ervasti, studioexhibition 3.11.2007-6.1.2008
Pyhä kuva. Holy image. Icons from Petrozavodsk and art from Salo churches 15.6.-14.10.2007
Elämän karuselli, Pia Bartschin ja Hakastaron koulun oppilaiden yhteisötaideprojekti, studioexhibition 20.9.-14.10.2007
Ulla Pohjola, In Shadow and Light 21.4.-31.5.2007
Liisa Kanerva 21.4.-31.5.2007
Eeva-Kaisa Ailus, studioexhibition 21.4.-31.5.2007
Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Saga 20.1.-9.4.2007
Mozart-portfolio, studioexhibition 3.3.-9.4.2007

Suomalaisen valokuvataiteen kolmivuotisnäyttely – Finnish Photography 4.11.2006-7.1.2007
Tiina Harjola studioexhibition 4.11.2006-7.1.2007
Kauneutta kodeista 16.9.-22.10.2006
Eva Hidström, studioexhibition 16.9.-22.10.2006
Green Art -trilogy I 10.6.-3.9.2006
Puun peili -wood cuts 14.4.-28.5. 2006
Jaana Paulus, studioexhibition 14.4.-28.5.2006
Tahdon – I do! Varsinaissuomalaista nykytaidetta, Contemporary Finnish Art 7.4.-9.4. 2006
Mary Ellen Mark, American Odyssey and Twins 11.2.-2.4.2006
Piia Lehti, studioexhibition 11.2.-2.4.2006
Mobiili-Mekko, elektroniikka-alan ja Marimekko-tuotteiden kohtaamisia 5.11.2005-29.1.2006

Mobiili-Mekko, elektroniikka-alan ja Marimekko-tuotteiden kohtaamisia 5.11.2005-29.1.2006
Orientalismi, Suomen taiteen itämaisia vaikutteita 7.9.-23.10.2005
Sikke Kiviranta, studioexhibition 17.9.-23.10.2005
Sculptor2005 – Sculptors Association 95 years, anniversary exhibition 11.6. – 4.9.2005
Markku Kolehmainen 23.4.-29.5.2005
Heljä Karala-Laukkanen 23.4.-29.5.2005
Tea Tikka, studioexhibition 23.4.-29.5.2005
Ritva Kovalainen, Land of Beautiful Horses 5.3.-10.4.2005
Mia Damberg, Lands of Twilight 5.3.-10.4.2005
Miniprint Finland 2004 5.3.-10.4.2005
Dialog, Finnish and Carelian artists, Salo-Petrozavodsk 22.1.-20.2.2005

Esineen tarina – Every Object Tells a Story 6.11.2004-9.1.2005
Marginaalissa 6.11.2004-9.1.2005
Disfarmer alias Mike Meyer (1884-1959) 18.9.-24.10. 2004
L. Onerva: Valvottu yö 18.9.-24.10.2004
Sampsa Sarparanta, studioexhibition 18.9.-24.10.2004
Viljo Hurme 12.6.-5.9. 2004
Hule 24.4.-30.5. 2004
Sinisessä valossa – In Blue Light 13.3.-12.4. 2004
Tuula Nikulainen, Nomad 17.1.-29.2.2004
Josef Koudelka, Gypsies 17.1.-29.2.2004
Ars Fennica 2003, Anu Tuominen 22.11.2003-4.1.2004
Rita Rauteva-Tuomainen 22.11.2003-4.1.2004

Marja Peltonen and Anneli Hilli 20.9.-9.11.2003
Laps´ Suomen, Suomen taiteen lapsiaiheita 20.9.-9.11.2003
Kaj Stenvall 13.6. – 7.9.2003
Handbärt, Musafritt – Hiirettä, käsinkannettua. Artists from Finland, Lithuania, Sweden and Faeroe 13.6. – 7.9.2003
Mauri Sarparanta, studioexhibition 13.6.-7.9.2003
Koemieskoe – Lars Holmström, Reijo Mörö, Helge Riskula 6.3.-6.4.2003
Aistillisesti, accessibility exhibition. Salo Artists´ Association 35 years 17.4.-1.6.2003
Rax Rinnekangas 11.1.- 23.2.2003

Ritva Kovalainen 14.11.-29.12.2002 (in the café)
Kuuma linja, six touches of clay: Eliisa Isoniemi, Kirsi Kivivirta, Maarit Mäkelä, Hilkka Niemi, Johanna Rytkölä, Tiina Veräjänkorva 2.11.-29.12.2002,
Armas Hutri 2.11.-29.12.2002
Dimension 30 years 14.9.-20.10.2002
Arte ry 13.7.-1.9.2002
Outi Heiskanen 11.5.-30.6.2002
Kenen jäljillä? Finnish photography and video art 22.3. – 28.4.2002
Matti Nummelin 22.3. – 28.4.2002
Annika Rimala 9.2. – 10.3.2002
Space and place 9.2. – 10.3.2002

Seppo Manninen 29.11.2001 – 27.1.2002
Matti Warén 29.11.2001 – 27.1.2002
Neljän tuulen tiellä 8.9. – 18.11.2001
Kide, varsinaissuomalaista taidetta 16.6. – 26.8.2001
Jumalten leikit, Intia 16.6. – 26.8.2001
Arktinen henki – The Spirit of Arctic 31.3. – 27.5.2001
Antti Nurmesniemi 31.3. – 27.5.2001
Luma Luma 3.2. – 18.3.2001
Lemmetti and Sirpa Viljanen 6.1. – 28.1.2001

Hilda Flodin ja Kerttu Horila 3.11. – 31.12.2000
Risto Matti Ratia 12.8. – 22.10.2000
Pöytä on katettu – The Table is served 9.6. – 6.8.2000
Kalevala Koru – Kalevala Jewelry 23.4. – 4.6.2000
Kenelle soittaisin seuraavaksi -sarjakuvanäyttely 24.3. – 4.6.2000
Salo Artists´ Association 24.3. – 16.4.2000
Alpo Jaakola 24.3. – 16.4.2000
Kai Fagerström and Jarmo Markkanen  1.3. – 19.3.2000
Viidakon kasvot 14.1. – 27.2.2000
Holography – Mirage 14.1. – 27.2.2000

Stefan Lindfors 15.10.1999 – 2.1.2000
Pohjoinen maisema – Northern Landscape 9.7. – 26.9.1999
Hakto ja Muurlan opisto 14.5. – 27.6.1999
Kuvataiteilijaseniorit 13.3. – 2.5.1999
Salon seudun luontokuvaajat 16.2. – 28.2.1999
Salo Artists´ Association 30 years 12.12.1998 – 28.2.1999

Treffpunkt Paris 17.10. – 30.11.1998
Veturitalli 100 years 17.10. – 30.11.1998