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21.12.2021

The exhibition year of 2022 in the Craft Museum of Finland will strike a balance between crafts and art.  Even in the midst of the main exhibitions’ international atmosphere, crafts seek to gain a foothold not only in local traditions but also in boundary-breaking views and creative approach to the innovation of new ideas.
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Manuel S Algoran keraamisia ihmishahmoja España a Mano näyttelyssä Suomen käsityön museossa.

At the smaller temporary exhibitions, even the most delicate pieces of handiwork are powerful and speed is gathered from Karelian traditions, the art of highly skilled hat-making and peeks through the eye of a needle. The National Costume Center of Finland is searching the Viking Age for tradition in the form of ancient costumes and the year will come to a close in centenary celebration for Brage’s production of national costumes for the Swedish-speaking Finland. Exhibitions for 2022 in the Craft Museum of Finland once again demonstrates the versatility and new dimensions of the art of handicrafts. 

At the main spring exhibition, España a mano – Handicraft in Spain 8.1.–24.4.2021, craft struggles free from its traditional framework while remaining true to its roots. A total of 27 artisans exhibit their work reflecting ideas which rise from local handicraft traditions and discuss the importance of handiwork - not only from a professional perspective but also as a boost to the local culture. The pieces give food for thought also on how crafts and handmade pieces border the fine arts and their definition. This is the first time Spanish artisans’ craftsmanship is featured at an exhibition in the Craft Museum of Finland. At the same time in Lobby Gallery, visitors are invited to dive in the middle of winter-clad nature at Maija Brummer’s Winter Garden exhibition 18.12.2021–6.3.2022. Maija Brummer’s textiles are created by free motion embroidery and inspired by changing seasons and colours. By embroidering her pieces on water-soluble fabric Maija Brummer creates lace-like transparent textiles which may appear fragile but are actually quite strong as they have been sewn many times over. Later in spring, Window Gallery displays heavier handicrafts with Blacksmithing Ambience – Artist Blacksmith Kimmo Tulimetsä 8.1.–13.3.2022, the design language of which is seen in jewellery, decorative pieces, and unique sculptures. Ikat in National Costumes exhibition continues at Alley Gallery until 10.4.2022 

In early summer, the Craft Museum of Finland glows with the knowledge and skill of a strong woman. One of the most prominent textile artists in Finland, Kirsti Rantanen’s (1930-2020) exhibition Space of Textiles 7.5.–28.8.2022 portrays an open-minded pioneer who advocated textile art transition. In their spring season, Lobby Gallery holds also the 80th anniversary exhibition Milliners – Hats, Accessories and Professional Secrets 12.3.–15.5.2022, where visitors can admire the creations and have a peek behind the scenes and see items used for decades, variety of materials and the actual art of hat-making. A piece of Karelia will be mounted on artist and designer Sanna Vatanen’s exhibition Karelia Spun in Yarn 28.5.–11.9.2022, where ancient handicraft techniques and abundant Karelian patterns still work, with a modern twist. In the sale exhibition held at Window Gallery, boredom is warded off by Savonian artistry at ehta by Dream Circus exhibition 19.3.–15.5.2022, and the arctic ambiance enjoyed at Inarista tehty – Made of Inari exhibition 21.5.–28.8.2022, when Inari Handicraft Shop invites artisans of Upper Lapland to come together and experiment with natural materials of the North. Shortly before Midsummer, handicrafts and memories meet again when Eini Knuutinen’s exhibition I remember is open at the museum auditorium 18.6.–21.8.2022. At the Alley Gallery exhibition From an Archaeological Find to an Ancient Costume 22.4.–18.9.2022, archaeological research and artisan skills come together to produce ancient costumes which tell a story of fantastic costumes and skilful artisans in the Iron Age.

In autumn, the Craft Museum of Finland will be celebrating in various locations when PAIKKA - Ceramic Studio Pot Viapori opens as the main exhibition 10.9.–4.12.2022. The exhibition, celebrating Pot Viapori’s 50 years of artistry, brings together artisans who currently work or have worked at the Ceramic Studio Pot Viapori over the decades and who share their love of clay, ceramics or the location. A new world will be revealed through the smallest of holes at the exhibitions mounted in Lobby Gallery 17.9.–4.12.2022 at Through the Eye of a Needle exhibition which takes visitors to the early days of photography, to the fascinating art of taking pictures in camera obscura style. The exhibition is curated by visual artist Jyrki Markkanen. The third anniversary of the exhibition year will be celebrated at the Alley Gallery exhibition BRAGE - A Centenary of National Costume Work 23.9.2022–19.3.2023. As a result of Brage work, every Swedish-speaking municipality in Finland now has their own national costume. At the sale exhibition in Window Gallery, light enters the museum with BLOUN – free blown glass exhibition 3.9.–13.11.  A glassblowing studio in Sastamala, BLOUN crafts colourful and unique lamps and other home decor pieces, made of recycled glass just like glass blowers have done for more than two thousand years. Window Gallery’s exhibitions will be drawn to a close with the museum’s traditional Museum’s Little Christmas Shop 19.11.–31.12.2022 

At the Showroom exhibitions in Kilpisenkatu 12, window displays express opinions on climate change at the Soft Actions to Curb Climate Change exhibition until 6.2.2022. Materia ry of Jyväskylä will hold its annual exhibition Hard/Soft 8.2.–3.4, and Karstula handcraft students exhibition Skilfully – the Year of the Eye, Hand and Mind will be open 5.4.–29.5.2022. Education-themed exhibitions will continue also in summer with Handiwork and Skill 31.5.–24.7.2022, when Jyväskylä Handicraft and Design School holds its annual exhibition. In autumn, textiles and fibres are in focus; first at Marija Partanen-Vainio’s Forms of Fibre exhibition 26.7.–18.9.2022, and then textile artist Ulla Lapiolahti’s exhibition 20.9.–13.11.2022. The last exhibition of the year introduces vocational training programmes with Taito of Central Finland ry and KSL Study Centre’s vocational training programmes 15.11.2022–8.1.2023. 

Exhibitions and Events in 2022 in the Craft Museum of Finland

Main Exhibitions 

8.1.– 24.4.2022 España a mano – Handicraft in Spain  

7.5.–28.8.2022 Kirsti Rantanen – Space of Textiles 

10.9.–4.12.2022 PAIKKA – Ceramic Studio Pot Viapori   

Lobby Gallery 

18.12.2021–6.3.2022 Winter Garden – Maija Brummer  

12.3.–15.5.2022 Milliners – Hats, Accessories and Professional Secrets 

28.5.–11.9.2022 Karelia Spun in Yarn  

17.9.–4.12.2022 Through the Eye of a Needle 

Lecture hall 

18.6.–21.8.2022 Eini Knuutinen: I remember 

Window Gallery 

8.1.–13.3.2022 Blacksmithing Ambience – Artist Blacksmith Kimmo Tulimetsä 

19.3.–15.5.2022 ehta by Dream Circus  

21.5.–28.8.2022 Inarista tehty – Made of Inari Handicrafts made of arctic natural materials  

3.9.–13.11.2022 BLOUN – Free-blown glass 

19.11.–31.12.2022 Museum’s Little Christmas Shop  

Alley Gallery 

Until 10.4.2022 Ikat in National Costumes  

22.4.–18.9.2022 From an Archaeological Find to an Ancient Costume 

23.9.2022–19.3.2023 BRAGE – A Centenary of National Costume Work – Dräktarbete i 100 år

Showroom 

Until 6.2.2022, Soft Actions to Curb Climate Change

8.2.–3.4.2022 Hard/Soft. Materia ry Exhibition  

5.4.–29.5.2022 Skilfully – the Year of the Eye, Hand and Mind  

31.5.–24.7.2022 Crafts and Skill – Jyväskylä Handicraft and Design School exhibition 

26.7.–18.9.2022 Forms of Fibre, Marija Partanen-Vainio 

20.9.–13.11.2022 Textile Artist Ulla Lapiolahti 

15.11.2022–8.1.2023 Introducing Vocational training 

The latest information about exhibitions in the museum are available on the Craft Museum of Finland website at www.craftmuseum.fi

More information about the exhibitions

Mikko Oikari, senior curator
t. +358 (0) 50 553 3880, mikko.oikari [at] jyvaskyla.fi