The splendid art exhibitions of the Turku summer have attracted a record num-ber of visitors. The Hashimoto exhibition at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and the contemporary art exhibition at Logomo have now been visited by midsum-mer by more than 20,000 visitors.

Jacob Hashimoto
Giants and Uncertain Atmospheres

Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art from 9 June to 24 September 2017, Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guided tours:
in Finnish on Sundays at 2 p.m.
in Swedish on Sundays on 30 July, 27 August and 24 September at 3 p.m.

Art goes Logomo

from 10 June to 13 August 2017, every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Artists at the exhibition

Foreign: Gerald Davis (USA), Luis Gispert (USA), Nir Hod (Israel), Fabian Marcaccio (Argentina), Bosco Sodi (Mexico), Angel Otero (Puerto Rico), Rannva Kunoy (the Faroe Islands) and Roberto Pugliese (Italy).

Finnish: Viljami Heinonen, IC-98 (Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund), Ola Kolehmainen, Sami Korkiakoski, Heikki Marila, Leena Nio, Osmo Rauhala, Nanna Susi, Riiko Sakkinen, Tommi Toija, Katja Tukiainen and Jenni Vakkilainen.

Particularly the exhibition of the contemporary American artist Jacob Hashimoto at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art has broken records. The exhibition, called Giants and Uncertain Atmospheres, is visited by 800 people a day, while the usual number at the museum has been around 200 visitors a day. This is the first time that Hashimoto’s production is so extensively displayed in Finland.

The attraction of the colourful artworks by Jacob Hashimoto, (b.1973) who works in New York and Verona, can also be seen in social media, where the photos of thousands of kites receive tens of thousands of likes and promote the exhibition.

When building his installations, the artist takes into consideration the special characteristics of the exhibition space. The large and light halls of WAM are an ideal environment for Hashimoto’s 3D artworks.

-In the largest hall of the museum, with the room height of eight metres, a gigantic Gas Giant immediately catches the eye of the visitors with brightly coloured, light parts made of bamboo and rice paper flickering in the airflow. The work feels massive and light at the same time: it is like a painting that one can step into, says curator Susanna Hujala.

In addition to installations, Hashimoto’s exhibition includes wall works that resemble reliefs. The impression falls somewhere between paintings and sculptures. There are also new works that are on display for the first time.

The exhibition has been executed in collaboration with Galerie Forsblom.

Art Goes Logomo.

The largest contemporary art group exhibition in Turku in years at Logomo

The extensive contemporary art group exhibition on display at Logomo has raised interest in the public. Art Goes Logomo is the largest group exhibition of contemporary art in Turku in the last 20 years. The exhibition presents 20 international contemporary artists from Finland and elsewhere in the grand Logomo hall.

Many of the foreign, internationally renowned artists have their works displayed in Finland for the first time and most of the works in the exhibition have not been seen before.

The Art Goes Logomo exhibition has been put together as a cooperative effort between Logomo and the contemporary art gallery MAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY. The curator of the group exhibition will be gallerist Frej Forsblom. One of the international artists involved in the opening exhibition of the gallery MAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY that Forsblom opened in Turku last November, was Jacob Hashimoto.

The exhibition compiled in the Logomo hall by Frej Forsblom is a high-quality cross-section of different forms of expression of contemporary art. The works on display include installations, videos, photographs, sculptures and paintings.

-In the middle of the exhibition space is the sound installation La Finta Semplice by Roberto Pugliese, consisting of different string instruments. The sounds fill the entire hall, inviting the visitor deeper and deeper into the multidimensional world of contemporary art, Forsblom says.

The exhibition is a cross-section of young and more established contemporary artists, all of them going through an interesting phase during their career. Many of them are very well-known abroad, and now their works are on display also in Finland.

The works of Roberto Pugliese are on display in Finland for the first time, and the same goes for Nir Hod, Angel Otero and Bosco Sodi. Finnish artists are represented by Nanna Susi, Osmo Rauhala and Katja Tukiainen.

The number of visitors in all exhibitions on the rise

The number of visitors in museums and galleries of the City of Turku is almost 180 000, which is 60 000 more than around this time last year.

Art galleries offer a large variety of exhibitions by local and visiting artists alike, and a wider public than before is interested in them.

-It is fantastic that the private gallery sector and Makasiini Contemporary in particular put so much effort in the artistic offering of Turku and have brought fresh and welcome breezes to the gallery sphere in Turku, says the City of Turku Director of the Recreation Division Minna Sartes.

The art exhibitions in Logomo are to become an annual event. The Logomo hall functioning as the exhibition space is a high, versatile and adaptable space that enables the hanging and displaying of artworks on their own terms.

During the summer, two other exhibitions are displayed at Logomo. The Behind the Scenes exhibitions by West Finland Film Commission depict the golden age of Finnish film and studios and the making of the movie Tom of Finland.