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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 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 was made by Wäinö Aaltonen's son Matti Aaltonen and his wife Irma Aaltonen, but Wäinö Aaltonen himself 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 fully meet modern requirements. The architecture of the rooms is clean and well lit; natural light is generously provided through 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. The Turku City Art Collection is supplemented by varied and quality art acquisitions done with an annual grant. The amount of acquisitions varies, but on average, 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 people 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 Turku City Art Collection are on the art of Turku area, the art of Wäinö Aaltonen, and on three-dimensional art.
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  • Museum itself is worth seeing. The building is awesome, so inspirating building with spare space. And Paavo the Great by Wäinö Aaltonen... Hats off!  more »
  • This temporary exhibition on Tom of Finland traces his life and his work. Art teachers receive free admission.
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  • Easy access, very informative visit. Highly recommend if you want to learn about finnish Wäinö Aaltonen and his art (statues, paintings etc).  more »
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  • Wonderful museum of contemporary art with magnificent gallery space. Excellent exhibitions. Also features a good gift shop and great café.
  • Nice cafeteria with large outdoor terrace. Price are high even for finland.
  • So I was visiting with this smoking redheaded girl, and we were blown away at this museum, It is by far the best museum in Turku, maybe even the world. The lady at the front desk was so nice. She made us sandwiches and hot coffee, which is a big deal Finland. I don't know if you knew. In conclusion, everyone passing through Europe needs to see this museum. Except Russians, they drink too much.
  • Nice modern art museum with cafeteria just by the river.
  • There was no exhibit when I went. The cafe is really nice though.