Tampere

Finland



Address:
Särkänniem
Tampere
33230
Phone: +358 3 5654 3500
Website: www.tampere.fi/sarahilden

The Sara Hildén Art Museum

Located at the Särkänniemi Amusement Park, the museum presents a large collection of modern art, Finnish and foreign, owned by the Sara Hildén Foundation.

The Sara Hildén Art Museum, which is the permanent home of the collection of modern art, Finnish and foreign, owned by the Sara Hildén Foundation, is maintained by the City of Tampere. Sara Hildén Foundation Collection currently amounts to some 3300 works. It is thus a comprehensive collection which presents a broad cross section of the development in modern art over the last forty years.

The Sara Hildén Foundation continues to be responsible for expanding the collection, and places its acquisitions in the art museum.
The art museum was designed by the Tampere architect Pekka Ilveskoski and associates. The total floor area is some 2,500 square metres, of which 1,500 square metres are used for exhibitions.

The building is situated on a northern slope of the Särkänniemi peninsula overlooking a shoreline of great natural beauty. Good use has been made of the topographical features of the site, with the upper level, from which the building is approached, devoted to offices and galleries for paintings, while sculptures, the coffee room and storage space occupy the lower level. Large windows afford an open view over the grounds with their sculptures and the expanse of Lake Näsijärvi. The Särkänniemi area with its Observation Tower and numerous other attractions is a major Finnish leisure centre.


Permanent Collection

The Sara Hildén Art Museum, which is the permanent home of the collection of modern art, Finnish and foreign, owned by the Sara Hildén Foundation, is maintained by the City of Tampere. Sara Hildén Foundation Collection currently amounts to about 4 500 works. It is thus a comprehensive collection which presents a broad cross section of the development in modern art over the last forty years.

The primary function of the Sara Hildén Art Museum is to maintain and place on exhibition works belonging to the Sara Hildén Foundation. The art museum also arranges changing exhibitions. These include the presentation of Finnish contemporary art and notably prestigious overviews of international modernism. The activities of the art museum also focus on research work contributing to the arranging of exhibitions, on publications and on educational missions in the field of modern art aimed at children and young people.

The Sara Hildén Foundation continues to be responsible for expanding the collection, and places its acquisitions in the art museum.


Exhibitions

Please see www.tampere.fi/english/sarahilden/exhibition for details of current and forthcoming exhibiitons.


Previous Exhibitions

The spring season at the Sara Hildén Art Museum started off with a comprehensive, retrospective exhibition of the works of artist Tapani Raittila. Raittila has been one of the most important influences on modernism in Finland.

The exhibition at the Sara Hildén Art Museum comprised an even wider and larger selection of works than ever seen before. In addition to paintings, there was a large number of drawings, watercolours and commissioned portraits, the latter which were on display for the first time. The exhibition, which took up both floors of the museum, was made up of approximately 220 works, which had been lent by art museums and private collectors.

Tapani Raittila mainly depicts the human form. He is known as a skilful draughtsman, whose expressive portraits are based both on a linear style of drawing which emphasizes the outlines and on his natural gift for catching the sitter’s true character. With a sensitive line and quiet realism in his drawings over a fifty year period, Raittila has depicted his close family - especially children - as well as his friends and acquaintances. The exhibition also included paintings of the human figure, from the initial “early Renaissance portraits” to themes such as interiors and knitting women which appear repeatedly. Self-portraits throughout the years were also included. There are portraits of such influential people as Professor Erik Tawaststjerna and former President of Finland Urho Kekkonen, as well as many Finnish writers. Raittila’s landscape themes are taken from the artist’s studio window in Katajanokka in Helsinki, from the artist’s summer cottage in the countryside ...+ [ Read all ]




Cost

Admission: included in the Särkänniemi Adventure Park Admission Ticket (6€). Children under 4 for free.

17 July-12 August, 18-19 August, 25-26 August, 1 September, area tickets available at the Särkänniemi Adventure Park ticket office 6 euros, under 4 years free of charge.

At other times tickets from the Museum ticket office 5/1 euros, under 7 years free of charge.


Opening hours

During the summer season, 1 May–31 August 2007: 11 am– 6 pm
every day.

Closed on Midsummer 22-24 June 2007.




Facilities

Café Sara is the museum cafeteria with a beautiful view over the lake Näsijärvi.

Information and reservations:
Tel. Café Sara: (03) 5654 3523


Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Education

A 46.00 € guided tour can be booked from:

Sara Hildén Art Museum Office (Mon-Fri 9 am-3 pm) tel. 020 714 3500