Temporary Exhibitions

1 June 2020 – 7 March 2021
Interior designer Carin Bryggman 100 years

Carin Bryggman worked mainly in Turku and she was the most sought-after interior architect in the city in the 1950–80s. Her most long-term and cherished design project was Turku Castle. She participated in its renovation for an extensive period of time, from the 1940s all the way to the 1990s.

To celebrate the centenary of Carin Bryggman’s (5 April 1920–7 April 1993) birth, her life and design works are showcased in Turku Castle. The exhibition is based on the collections of the Turku Museum Centre: Carin Bryggman’s photographs and her interior designs and furniture drawings. Examples of furniture designed by Bryggman are also on display.

Carin Bryggman established her own interior design office 1949 as one of the first women in Finland. She designed interiors for hundreds of buildings, ranging from private homes to public premises, such as shops, banks and restaurants. Often Bryggman designed the furniture for the premises, too. In her works, she emphasised functionality, beauty, durability and quality.

Turku Castle was one of the many buildings where Bryggman cooperated with her father, architect Erik Bryggman, in designing the interior. Another important cooperation partner was her husband Uolevi Nuotio.

The exhibition showcases furniture and light fixtures designed by Bryggman for Turku Castle, with signs of use visible on them. Indeed, one of the goals of the exhibition is to inspire discussion about the durability of the work of an interior architect. During her life, Bryggman was frequently featured in the public but, after her death, she has largely been forgotten. Her designs are best preserved in eminent public premises like Turku Castle. Consequently, the Turku Museum Centre plays a special role in fostering Carin Bryggman’s life’s work.

The public’s help is needed in the identification of Bryggman’s photographs.

21 August – 18 October 2020
Patina – 30th anniversary of the Jöötti Bronze Casting Foundry

The 30th anniversary exhibition of the Jöötti Association Patina will take place in the facilities of Turku Castle in August 2020. The Jöötti Association is an association of Turku-based sculptors and its main purpose is maintaining bronze casting skills in the art foundry of the association. The works of the exhibition comment on time and prevailing phenomena in dialogue with the medieval facilities of Turku Castle.

The anniversary exhibition Patina will include works by members of the association Béla Czitrom, Anna Ellmén, Outi Eronen, Minerva Martiskainen, Sinikka Mäki-Lertola, Erik Mäkinen, Mika Natri, Maarit Nissilä, Armi Nurminen, Markku Ojala, Merja Pitkänen, Jani Rättyä, Silja Selonen and Juha Welling.

The members of the association also use many other materials in addition to bronze. Indeed, the works in the Patina exhibition are tied together by the theme of time, not the material as such. The works depict the passage of time and its significance to a person through sculptures and sculptural installations executed boldly using different materials and techniques.

The works raise questions about humanity and engage in a surprising dialogue with the viewer and the unique, historical premises of Turku Castle. In the works, humanity and its history mirror the history of the entire universe. The time a human being spends on this earth is short, and sometimes a tiny organism, such as a virus, can change the future of a single person or entire society. Time is depicted as relative in all senses. Our understanding of time is based on thinking, our experiences and memories. Often we want to remember something important, a moment or a person, but over time, even the most important things may be forgotten. At other times, we want to forget something that has left permanent traces in our memory.