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Kajaani Art Museum

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Lastenopastus Liisa Rautiaisen näyttelyssä, 2003

Kajaani Art Museum


Address and contact information

Linnankatu 14, 87100 Kajaani, FINLAND
tel. +358 (0)44 710 0545
email: taidemuseo(at)kajaani.fi

Kajaani Art Museum was opened to the public in April 1993. The museum's exhibition rooms are located in the former police house designed by architect Eino Pitkänen. Completed in 1936, the building is an example of pure functionalist style. The fenced yard outside its northern wing leads to the old Town Hall which dates back to 1831.

One of the main tasks of the museum is the provision of art education. Through its exhibitions of both international and local works of art the museum aims to present a broad and comprehensive picture of art to wide audience from all social groups.

Opening hours

Sun–Tue, Thu, 10–17, Wed 12–20, Fri–Sat  closed

Tickets: Admission free

Exhibitions / 2019

LIKE A BLOSSOMING BRANCH 16 Dec 2018 – 3 Feb 2019
Urho Kähkönen

Artist Urho Kähkönen from Kuhmo outlines the fundamental questions of being human and what responsibilities it entails. His works also examine presence and memories and their evanescence. The exhibition further includes social art works by special needs groups that he has worked with. A part of the artist’s own works have been created in Andalusia in Spain.

BATHERS 21 Feb – 12 May 2019
Jasmin Anoschkin, Emma Helle, Tommi Toija

The first joint exhibition of these three sculptors touches on themes relating to the body, purification and pleasure. They share a sensory approach to sculpting where the works are shaped intuitively directed by touch. Allowing sensual experiences is a light-hearted act, but it is also crucial. Different bodies and bodily acts can end up as targets for the use of power and bans, for which the art museum’s jail stands as a stark reminder. The unbridled characters by Anoschkin, Helle and Toija are presented in the spirit of freedom. In addition to sculptures the exhibition includes video works and sketches.
Curator: Veikko Halmetoja

THE GREAT UNKNOWN  6 Jun – 25 Aug 2019
Heidi Kilpeläinen

Heidi Kilpeläinen, who became known in the art world as “HK119”, is not the first performer in her family. Kainuu-born Daniel Cajanus (1703–1749) had gigantism, but he turned his notable size into an advantage and ended up performing all around Europe. Now his legacy is kept alive in The Great Unknown exhibition in which Kilpeläinen discusses themes such as immigration through Cajanus.

In the video work Land of Dreams the artist builds bridges between different worlds, generations and cultures. The songs in the video unveil the importance of small gestures and undivided attention. People who were previously strangers come together when Kilpeläinen performs to both war veterans as well as asylum seekers.  

The exhibition stands up for boundless hospitality, consideration and caring.

The Great Unknown is part of Kajaani’s Daniel Cajanus Summer which will culminate in performances of the Finnish-Dutch collaboration Cajanus – A Giant Opera at the Eino Leino House at Paltaniemi 24.–28.7. More information of the Opera can be found at: www.cajanus.fi

MATERIAL POETRY 15 Sep – 24 Nov 2019
Mauri Korhonen, Kalle Turakka Purhonen

In the joint exhibition of Kalle Turakka Purhonen and Mauri Korhonen surprising materials are used for artworks: Chewing gum is moulded into a likeness of Smiling Boy (a known Finnish school prize), erasers and painters’ easels are formed into an altar piece. Everyday objects and even trash are used in collages and sculptures which examine and comment on life. At times there is a search for truth and at times the artists get carried away with language games.

A MATTER OF PLAY 12 Dec 2019 – 2 Feb 2020
Kaarina Kuusisto-Lukkari, Hannele Pussinen, Heidi Stålnacke

The works by Kainuu-based artists Kaarina Kuusisto-Lukkari and Hannele Pussinen as well as Oulu-based artist Heidi Stålnacke are similar in their humour and the use of everyday objects and recycled materials. The playful works sometimes convey troublesome and serious issues, behind the colourful and joyful surface of the exhibition there are sombre tones as well.