In Laukko Manor, extensive exhibitions by Finnish contemporary artists become a part of the historical milieu.
8 May–23 June (Sat–Sun 12 noon–5 pm)
29 June–20 August (everyday 12 noon–5 pm/8 pm*)
*on concert days
Museum ticket €15
Heikki Marila (b. 1966) is celebrating 30 years as an artist at Laukko Manor. The exhibition brings together paintings from the previous decade, inspired by the old masters. Monumental works share Marila’s fascination with paradoxical drama. At the heart of it all is the beauty of the physical painting process and the intensity of expression.
The Grain Storehouse (Viljamakasiini) will house the Finnish premier of Marila’s banquet still-lifes from 2017. The suite of paintings is inspired by monochrome still-lifes by two Dutch masters, Willem Heda (1594–1680) and Abraham van Beyeren (1620–1690). The exhibition continues in the main building, showcasing new variations of the award-winning floral still-lifes, mystical crucifixes and lyrical Rococo heavens.
Tamara Piilola’s (b. 1977) large oil paintings radiate bright and lush, hypnotic light at Laukko. In her new works the incredible richness of the natural world is reflected in both colour and shape. Instead of real-world sceneries, Piilola paints her own internal landscapes.
The enchanting brightness of the light is achieved with the use of a translucent paint finish and bright pure pigments. The Stables house impressive reflections of rainforests and forest ponds, while the main building’s gallery floor showcases Piilola’s new landscapes, inspired by imaginary journeys.
The true and dreamed realities link into a series of mysterious worlds in Eeva Peura’s (b. 1982) paintings, on display at the Steward’s House (Pehtoorin talo) and the Gardener’s House (Puutarhurin talo). For the artist, the dream-like worlds become accessible through the long, open and interactive working process.
The paintaings’ names provide clues to their themes, but the ultimate meanings of her carnivalesque images Peura chooses not to reveal. Instead, her aim is to provoke thoughts, elicit questions and inspire narratives.
Tapani Kokko (b. 1969) is known for his loud, humorous wooden sculptures exuding sexuality. With his unique, powerful imagery, Kokko continues the prehistoric tradition of sculpting wood. The Pagan Temple, finished in 2017, rumbles above Laukko Manor’s Viking Age burial ground. The wooden sculptures serve as mementos of Tapani Kokko’s career as an artist, spanning more than two decades.
A medieval cellar showcases Tiina Torkkeli’s (b. 1969) relief-like animal sculptures. The installation, inspired by Stone Age cave paintings, consists of gambolling deer and horses welded together by using recycled steel. Torkkeli is famous for her noble and powerful horse sculptures. The exquisite deer reliefs transport the viewers to the Laukko of the 1930s, where Finland’s first white-tailed deer were introduced from across the Atlantic.
Ville Heimala’s (b. 1977) ceramic sculptures are inspired by Finno-Ugric mythology. Heimala combines mystical elements with natural science to create something new. The installation, inspired by ethnographic collections of a bygone world, transports the viewers back in time to 1849 – to the days when Elias Lönnroth was staying at Laukko Manor and putting the finishing touches to the Finnish national epic, Kalevala.