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The upcoming year 2021 brings flamboyant colours, circle economy, and Finnish as well as international talent to the Craft Museum of Finland. The exhibition year includes both the museum’s own productions as well as both big and small-scale collaboration exhibitions. The central theme for the exhibition year is sustainable development, which is examined from many perspectives through crafts and design. For the fall temporary exhibition, the Craft Museum of Finland will even calculate the overall carbon footprint of the exhibition’s entire production process. 

Main exhibitions

9.1.–18.4.2021 Treasures of the Bazars  

The year will be kicked off by an exhibition that had to be rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic; Treasures of the Bazars showcases traditional textiles and jewellery from Morocco from the private collection of art collector Tuomas Sopanen. Pastoralism and traditions appear clear in these utility textiles and decorations.

29.4.–29.8.2021 Design Eija Rasinmäki – A Handwoven Life 

The temporary exhibition changes later in the spring to Design Eija Rasinmäki – A Handwoven Life, which mirrors textile artist Eija Rasinmäki’s imposing 50-year career. Rasinmäki’s beloved and easily recognizable art rugs have long enjoyed an esteemed place in many Finnish homes.

11.9.–5.12.2021 Sustainable Colour 

The fall exhibitions will look at sustainable living and international design. The temporary exhibition taking over the entire building, Sustainable Colour looks at the ecology of dying processes. Participating in the discussion on plant-based dyes, trends, future, and sustainability of dyes together with the Craft Museum of Finland are the Finnish Dyers’ Guild, the Finnish Colour Association, and the BioColour Initiative of the University of Helsinki. The exhibition is a part of a joint colour-themed fall of museums in Jyväskylä. 

Lobby Gallery

18.12.2020–7.3.2021 Leena Illukka – Come and Go  

Visual artist Leena Illukka’s series of portrait slippers, which make a fun and refreshing break out of the traditional portrait genre in the exhibition called Come and Go.

13.3.–9.5.2021 Darned and Patched

The spring exhibition in the Lobby Gallery, Darned and Patched, calls for new appreciation for repairing items. The juried exhibition produced by Finnish Crafts Organization Taito showcases crafts, creativity, and visionary skill through inventive and surprising concepts that also draw attention to the sustainable use and reformation of products.

22.5.–29.8.2021 Wood in Interior Design

11 designers and artisans have created innovative interior design concepts out of different kinds of wood for this new touring exhibition from Pro Puu Association. 

18.12.2021–6.3.2022 Winter Garden 

Textile artist Maija Brummer’s exhibition Winter Garden, where nature-themed wall-hangings glow in the colours of all four seasons, bringing a warm gust of summer breeze in the middle of winter. 

Window Gallery

8.1.–14.3.2021 Design with Nature – Miia Suojala Design 

The Window Gallery’s year is going to start off with a celebration as Jyväsykylä-based Designer and Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing Miia Suojala’s sales exhibition 9.1.–14.3.2021 Design with Nature presents her new clothing line offering solutions to fashion industry issues as well as celebrates 15 years of Miia Suojala Design. 

20.3.–16.5.2021 Materia 10 

The Window Gallery will continue celebrating Central Finnish craft and design with the 10th anniversary show of Materia ry, the Association for Design and Artisanship of Central Finland. Materia 10 presents new, curious, and open-minded high-quality work from seasoned professionals. 

22.5 –12.9.2021 Okra SHOP – Jyväskylä 

Okra SHOP - Jyväskylä brings the most popular items of Okra to Jyväskylä. The shop owned by artisans has been operating in the centre of Helsinki already for 25 years and it is known for its wide selection focused on colourful and high-quality handicrafts and design, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, and glass.

18.9.–14.11.2021 Heirs of Persia – Young Designers of Iran

The Window Gallery will dive headfirst into Iranian culture traditions in this exhibition with products from young iranian designers. 

20.11.–31.12.2021 Museum’s Little Christmas Shop

The exhibition year of the Window Gallery will once again end with a Christmas sales exhibition curated by the museum. Museum’s Little Christmas Shop will offer a wide selection of Finnish handicrafts and design to stuff in your loved ones’ Christmas stockings.

Alley Gallery

Until 18.4.2021 The Magic of Tradition – Leena Jääskeläinen and Carelian traditional costumes 

Exhibition, in which Leena Jääskeläinen who has been researching traditional Karelian national costumes for 40 years, presents sarafans and feresis, i.e. straight sarafans. Finished costumes are complemented by work drawings made by Jääskeläinen during her field trips around Karelia. 

16.4.–17.10.2021 Stories Behind Lotta Costumes from Central Finland

For the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Lotta Svärd Foundation, this exhibition presents women’s aid work for the good of the motherland through the stories behind Lotta costumes from Central Finland.

22.10.2021–April 2022 Ikat in National Costumes

 The last exhibition of the year in the Alley Gallery will also focus on colours. Ikat in National Costumes presents ikat dying technique and its uses in national costume fabrics.

Showroom

The display windows of Showroom (Kilpisenkatu 12) revolve around the themes of innovation, circular economy, and artisanal training.

Until 10.1.2021 My Shirt! 

Crafts made in the Kaarisilta Art and Activity Center. 

12.1.–7.3.2021 The Story of Nettle – Ancient Wisdom out of the Green

The Story of Nettle – Ancient Wisdom Out of the Green showcases Riikka Platonova’s textiles made of wild Finnish nettle and Ritu Kokkola’s nettle paper pieces.

9.3.–2.5.2021 Circular Economy with a Crafty Twist

Circular Economy with a Crafty Twist exhibition presents diploma projects from the Jyväskylä Craft Center/KSL Study Centre vocational students.

4.5.–27.6.2021 Annual Exhibition of Jyväskylä Craft School

The works of craft school students will also be on display throughout the summer while the traditional Annual Exhibition of Jyväskylä Craft School takes over the space. 

29.6.–22.8.2021 Rykkityyki – Printing in Products and Art 

Rykkityyki – Printing in Products and Art exhibition tells the story of how rykkityyki came to be as a side product of fabric printing. Additional rykkityyki stories are told by a photography series by Helena Perhonen.

24.8.–17.10.2021 Re-used

The Showroom also wanders on the path of the elements of sustainable living in the fall through the Re-used exhibition, when the rag mosaics Sirkka-Liisa Kirjavainen has woven on a loom from everyday textiles and plastic waste have been hung up for display.

19.10.–12.12.2021 Everyday Amulets 

The joint exhibition of two jewellery artists, Kaisa Lähteenmäki of O’loisa and Paula Saunamäki of Tuulentalloja, Everyday Amulets provides empowerment through the highlights of everyday life. The exhibition also includes a guitar by Vuorensaku Guitars which has been produced in collaboration with Saunamäki.

14.12.2021.–6.1.2022 Katie Kinsman’s World 

Lecture hall

Until 24.1.2021 Markku Piri – Fruits of Paradise 

Artist and designer Markku Pirin's long career has been versatile and rich in materials. Markku Piri - The Fruits of Paradise - an exhibition presenting his production in recent years is on display in this small exhibition. 

29.6.–1.8.2021 Hand/Machine

The museum lecture hall will house the Hand/Machine exhibition 29.6.–1.8.2021, where the traditional Hailuoto knits, both handmade and industrial, designed by Mari Nurmenniemi will offer a new take on the change in how clothes are made. In her art, Nurmenniemi ponders on the value and significance of handicrafts in the future and whether the manufacturing process of an item of clothing matters. 

Window to the Kauppakatu

Until 2.2.2021 World Vision Finland - the Doll Factory

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