8.9.2018 – 6.1.2019 Goldilocks and Other Stories from Own Collections

The Goldilocks exhibition presents the Art Museum’s own collections from the perspective of storytelling; pictures and stories have always been interwoven. Some of the works may carry their own story, such as the sculpture Kultakutri (Goldilocks), by which Matti Haupt presents his own interpretation of the fairy tale princess by Topelius. Some works are narrative as such, while in others the story may be hidden and fugitive. Still, each image can be approached as a story. The exhibition encourages our natural wish to see narratives and share them in our minds. One of the guiding principles is also to put old and new into comparison, and bring out the constant change of the language of expression in visual arts.


The exhibition offers an excellent opportunity to see what has been acquired with taxpayers’ money, to be kept in storage rooms and public spaces. We meet works by old, familiar classics, but also works never seen in Tampere, such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s video work Kalastajat (Etydit, no 1) (Fishermen).


The top floor of the Museum has a focus on the events of 1918. On display are for example Paavo Räbinä’s work Tampereen kapina (Tampere Rebellion, 1992), a set of works named Isoisä (Grandfather), recently acquired from Juha Suonpää, and a data installation, Red and White, by Charles Sandison.

The Goldilocks exhibition is also related to an anniversary, as Tampere Art Society celebrates its 120 years of activity.