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Exhibitions on Mikkeli Art Museum




Until 12.2. From Somewhere – Stage 8

The From Somewhere group, comprising five visual artists from the east of Finland, has held shared exhibitions from 2009. The exhibition at the Mikkeli Art Museum is the group’s eight stage. The works of Raija Marttinen, Susanna Pälviä, Hanna Räty, Marja-Riitta Siimala and Hanna Vahvaselkä often ponder questions related to the building of a new identity. The works are pictures of the significance of the living environment, the fleeting moments of everyday life, presence, remembering, interaction or the feelings of otherness. The group has exhibitions in places in which one of its members has lived or resided. Stage 8 presents the group’s newest works – paintings, sculptures, photographs and installation art.


24.2. – 21.5. Emma Ainala – Candy Crush Saga                                                                                                                     

Emma Ainalas's (b. 1989) extensive solo exhibition opens the 2017 exhibition programme at Mikkeli Art Museum.

 In Emma Ainalas's dream-like paintings, the viewer finds a mysterious world with references to both popular culture and the history of art and mythology. The versatile layers in the paintings and their melancholy create an even contradictory atmosphere: They are like revelatory glimpses of another world where the viewer has exceptionally been allowed to peak in.


24.2. – 21.5. State of Art – Finnish State Art Commission 60 Years: BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

The Finnish State Art Commission will celebrate its anniversary by showing its extensive collection with a series of exhibitions across different parts of Finland. The exhibition entities are selected by Marketta Haila.

 The collection of The Finnish State Art Commission is one of the largest in Finland, consisting of approximately 13 600 works of art. The works for the collection are acquired from exhibitions and directly from the artist. Public contract works are a central part of the collection.


10.6. – 10.9. Mikkeli’s 11th Illustration Triennial

For the 11th time, the illustration triennial will display the best works of Finnish illustrators and the extensive scope of illustration art. The triennial is an illustration competition inviting illustrators to take part with a theme, execution and technique of their choosing. The exhibition entries were chosen by a jury, whose illustrator members were Hans Eiskonen, Meria Palin, Matti Pikkujämsä, Anja Reponen and Museums Director Matti Karttunen. They also chose the awarded illustrations.

The foreign guest is Swiss graphic artist, illustrator Paula Troxler (b. 1981), who lives and works in Zurich. Mikkeli Art Museum organizes the illustration triennial in co-operation with Grafia ry and Kuvittajat ry. Mikkeli’s 11th illustration triennial and Lahti’s 20th poster triennial together form a part of the programme for Finland’s centenary of independence.

Read more about the awarded illustrators


22.9.2017 – 4.2.2018 Tommi Toija

Sculptor Tommi Toija (b. 1974) is known for his little ceramic characters who stare at the surrounding world in wonder with their large eyes. The artist’s first sculptures of these compassion-inducing little people were born back in 2003. Since then, they have followed the artist throughout his career. Some of the small people have also grown into giant versions, of which the most famous is the Bad Bad Boy, situated since 2015 in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki.


29.9. – 5.11. Joel Lehtonen and His Artist Friends

The exhibition sheds light on the writer Joel Lehtonen’s (1881-1934) relationship with the art and artists of his time. Known as poetic depictor of nature, Lehtonen painted the Finnish and continental landscape with words, his friends with colours. The artists, who belonged to the Septem and November Groups, are close to Lehtonen’s mindset and his style as a writer. The exhibition includes paintings by Ilmari Aalto, Anton Lindforss, Eero Nelimarkka, Jalmari Ruokokoski, Mikko Oinonen and Juho Rissanen, among others.

The fine art critic Veikko Halmetoja and art coordinator, Master of Fine Arts Riitta Moisander were curators of the exhibition.


18.11.2017 – 4.2.2018 Echoes from the Forest

The forest is a part of the Finnish identity and experience of the world. The Finns have turned to the forest for both material gains and spiritual values. In mental imagery, the forest stretches as far as the eye can see, and its roots reach deep. In visual art, the forest is seen as a mental landscape – Mirror the change in identities and the societal and cultural atmosphere.

In the Echoes from the Forest exhibition, children and adolescents, along with modern-day artists, examine the multidimensional meanings of the forest. Among others, the artists Susanna Autio, Essi Korva, Hanna Räty, Kirsimaria E. Törönen-Ripatti and Kimmo Ylönen were in charge of the visual content of the exhibition, together with the students who participated in the art museum’s workshops for children and adolescents.


Small exhibition room, Art Museum, first floor

The Art Museum's small exhibition room on the first floor houses changing exhibitions throughout the year.


Talk about art

Introductory speeches in the art museum during the spring 2017: 1 February, 8 March, 5 April and 3 May, from 5.30 pm to 7 pm (in Finnish).



Mikkeli Art Museum
Address Ristimäenkatu 5, 50100 Mikkeli
tel. +358 (0)15 194 2424
Open in summer (May-September)Tue-Sun 10-17, Wed 12-19, Mon closed.
Open in winter (October-April) Wed 12-19, Thu-Sun 10-17, Mon and Tue closed. In winter (October-April) Fridays free entry.
Admission 6 €, students 3 €, under 18-year-olds free, groups (more than 12) 5 €/person.
Visits outside opening hours on working days 60 €/group plus admissions, on Sundays and on holidays 100 €/group plus admissions.

On eves of holidays, the exhibitions will close at 4 pm.

Museums are closed 1.1., 6.1., 14.–17.4., 1.5., 25.5., 23.–25.6., 6.12. and 24.–26.12.2017 The Art Museum is also closed 13.–23.2., 22.5.–9.6. and 11.–21.9. (change of exhibition).