Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku

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Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art or WAM for short, is an art museum in central Turku, Finland dedicated especially to modern art. The museum is located on the east bank of the Aura River. The permanent exhibition is based on the art collection of the City of Turku, which includes a large collection of works by Finnish artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. Temporary exhibitions focus on Finnish and international modern art.Museum buildingIn March 1964, the City Council of Turku approved the proposal to establish a museum dedicated to Wäinö Aaltonen, and Aaltonen himself signed an agreement donating a basic collection to the proposed museum. Construction started in October 1965. The drawings for the modernist building were made by Wäinö Aaltonen's son, Matti Aaltonen, and his wife, Irma Aaltonen, and Wäinö also played an active part in the planning. The museum was officially opened on 17 September 1967.The exhibition rooms of WAM have been designed to meet modern requirements. The architecture of the rooms is clean and well-lit with wide windows and numerous skylights. Inside the museum there is also a cafeteria and a shop.CollectionThe permanent exhibition of WAM is based on the art collection of the City of Turku, which includes a large collection of works by Finnish artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. This collection is supplemented by acquisitions purchased with an annual grant. The number of acquisitions varies but, during the 21st century, approximately 60 new works of art have been acquired annually. The art is purchased from exhibitions, directly from artists, and sometimes from private collectors as well. On some special occasions, commission art is acquired from artists or artist groups by using the collection's investment funds. The focuses of the collection are on the art of the Turku area, the art of Wäinö Aaltonen, and on three-dimensional art.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Whether it's an interesting part of the exhibition, which brings on the recommendation of Jacob Hashimoto's little chance we went. But yes.
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  • July 28, 2017
    WAM is a really wonderful space, and the perfect setting for the Jacob Hashimoto exhibition - which is mind blowing in both its scope and intricacy! The three dimensional objects are an exploration of...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Visited Jacob Hashimoto's exhibition and photography museum Peri's exhibition You gaze is a loaded gun. As a first timer in WAM I would have liked to have a bit better signs where to go and what to se...  more »
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  • March 28, 2017
    Recommended to visual arts consummers. May be visited multiple times, on occasions of different temporary exhibitions.
  • July 7, 2017
    interesting museum, spectacular Jacob Hashimoto exhibition.
  • August 20, 2016
    Wonderful museum of contemporary art with magnificent gallery space. Excellent exhibitions. Also features a good gift shop and great café.
  • June 30, 2017
    Nice exhibition, friendly people.
  • August 6, 2016
    Nice cafeteria with large outdoor terrace. Price are high even for finland.

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