Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
The Sara Hildén Art Museum is a museum of modern and contemporary art in Tampere, western Finland.
Above: the Sara Hildén Art Museum in winter. Image source: Anna Lyyra-Seppänen / Pirkanmaan Maakuntamuseo.
The museum was established in 1975 by the City of Tampere and the Sara Hildén Foundation to publicly display the art collection of Finnish fashion businesswoman and art collector Sara Hildén (1905–1993) and inaugurated on February 11, 1979.
The museum is located on Tampere’s Särkänniemi peninsula, overlooking Lake Näsijärvi.
The modernist building of the museum was designed by Finnish architect Pekka Ilveskoski in the late 1970s. Reminiscent of Alvaar Alto’s works such as the Kunsten Museum in Aalborg, Denmark, Ilveskoski’s building is a 2,500-square-meter / 26,900-square-foot concrete construction characterized by broad use of natural lighting and a skillful relation with the natural landscape around and the sloped lot on which it was built. The exhibition space consists of several mid-size galleries with different daylighting configurations to be suitable for displaying different types of artworks, from small paintings to large sculptural installations.
It is planned to move the museum into a new venue in the Finlayson area in central Tampere by 2026.
A view of the museum from the sculpture garden. Photo courtesy of Sara Hildén Art Museum.
East and north elevation. Image source: Anna Lyyra-Seppänen / Pirkanmaan Maakuntamuseo.
A view of Lake Näsijärvi from the museum premises, and an interior view of the building lobby. Image source: Sara Hildén Art Museum.
Collection and exhibitions
The collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation comprises about 5,000 works by Finnish and international artists – including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, videos, and sculptural installations.
The collection can be divided into three areas: Finnish modern art, International art from the 1960s to the present, and over 500 paintings by Finnish artist Erik Enroth.
The Finnish collection include paintings, sculptures, and graphic works by Reino Hietanen, Harry Kivijärvi, Pentti Kaskipuro, Kauko Lehtinen, Otto Mäkilä, Helene Schjerfbeck, Tyko Sallinen, and Kain Tapper, among others.
The international art collection, one of the largest in Scandinavia, features works by some of the most important artists of the late 19th century and 20th century, including Josef Albers, Arman, Francis Bacon, Pierre Bonnard, Christo, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Juan Gris, Hans Hartung, Edward Kienholz, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Alberto Magnelli, Aristide Maillol, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Giorgio Morandi, Pablo Picasso, Serge Poliakoff, Pierre Soulages, Graham Sutherland, Antoni Tápies, Yves Tanguy, and Victor Vasarely.
Works from the collection are presented on a rotational basis in the museum’s semi-permanent exhibition. The museum premises also contains a sculpture garden with 19 works by Finnish contemporary artists.
The Sara Hildén Art Museum also organizes remarkable changing exhibitions, mostly focused on international contemporary art, as well as concerts, workshops, conferences, educational activities, and special events.
The building of the museum also houses a library, a shop, and a cafe.
Jyrki Siukonen, Star Crash; from the exhibition “Associates” at the Sara Hildén Art Museum, 2020-2021.
A sculpture by Erwin Wurm from the exhibition “Out of Office”, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Sara Hildén Art Museum.
The sculpture Couple under an umbrella, from the exhibition of Ron Mueck, 2016. Photo Ilkka Jukarainen.
A view of the exhibition of Robert Longo, 2017-2018. Photo Mika Hiironniemi.
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