27 Jan–13 Apr 2022
Pia Männikkö – Growth

The work of visual artist Pia Männikkö (b. 1971) is largely based on the spatial interaction between the viewer and the works. The works approach the human body in a multidimensional way, coming close to the viewer. This closeness is reflected in the material choices as well as in the holistic and inviting forms of the works.

The materials and visual elements of Männikkö’s works often refer to the human physicality even if this may not always be obvious at first glance. You can find actual body impressions, landscapes consisting of body shapes or even a tree growth ring made of hair. In addition, the works use everyday materials, such as rescue blankets, masking tape and even an ordinary fan.

Slow changes and the passage of time are also made visible in the exhibition. The installations take on a slightly different form each time they enter a new space. The forms of the works grow almost organically from one presentation to another.

Männikkö studied at the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, graduating in 2010. She continued her sculpture studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, graduating as a Master of Fine Arts in 2014.

Männikkö’s works have toured the world extensively. They have been displayed in Paris, New York, and Sydney, for example. She has also created public works of art in Gothenburg and Tierp, Sweden as well as in the Lighthouse Hospital in Turku. Some of Männikkö’s works are included in the art collections of Kiasma and the Finnish State. The exhibition at Joensuu Art Museum is Männikkö’s first solo exhibition at a museum.


Past Exhibition:

22 Sept 2021– 9 Jan 2022
Perceptions of Humanity

Selected works from Joensuu Art Museum's collections and media art by Jukka Hautamäki

Throughout the history of visual arts, human being has been a popular subject of study. People have been depicted not only as physical beings but also through their role in society. Artists have also explored philosophical ideas about the nature of being human and the possible unifying factors between individuals; the shared experience of humanity.The exhibition includes various portrayals of people from the museum’s collections and media art by visual artist Jukka Hautamäki.

The way people have been depicted in art reveals ideas and attitudes about how being human has been perceived. The topic can be approached by asking: how and from whose point of view the subject has been depicted, who the subjects are, and who have been excluded, or at the very least marginalised, and who has been considered worthy of being immortalised in art?

It is also interesting to consider whether the subject had the opportunity to influence how they are seen and presented. Do they have a name, or do they represent some predefined group?

Jukka Hautamäki’s works discuss what visual art will be like in the future: who will make it, how, and to whom will it be displayed? In his media art pieces portraits are generated with the help of neural networks and artificial intelligence, and they form an uninterrupted, constantly evolving continuum. Hautamäki has used self-portraits and synthetically created faces as training images for artificial intelligence.

Permanent Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibitions

Joensuu Art Museum houses an interesting collection of art from Finland and around the world, mainly donated to the museum by private collectors. The permanent exhibitions include Finnish art from 1850s to modern days, Greek and Roman antiquities, Eastern Orthodox icons, catholic church art from Southern and Central Europe, and a collection of Chinese art, in which the oldest artifacts are from 1600 BCE.

You can listen to an audio guide on your phone while visiting us, open the guide here.

The antiquities exhibition is being renewed and will be re-opened in 2022.



Picture 1: Icon collection. Picture 2: Albert Edelfelt, Virginie 1883. Golden Era of Finnish art. Picture 3: Chinese horse sculptures from the Han Dynasty. Picture 4: The museum building.



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