On display

On display


Erika Adamsson – Nostalgia


The artist Erika Adamsson’s (1973) solo exhibition at the Tikanoja Art Museum has as theme nostalgia. The artist is fascinated by the moments, atmosphere and storytelling of the past. The transformation of nostalgia into almost patheticness manifests itself in paintings based on the artist’s use of authentic museum interiors. The latest paintings have been created using the history of the Tikanoja Art Museum, where in the halls of the merchant’s home, lived the family members as well as the servants.

Adamsson is interested in the illusion of the past. The artwork often features a person in a space, the models are found in authentic photographs, contemporary drama guides, or still images of a film. Just as memories fade from the past, the paintings are not documentary descriptions of a moment in history, but instead are colored and constructed. Even when staged, the atmosphere of the painting is what we experience as authentic and believable. Nostalgia is an escape from everyday life, like a moment’s delay of a lonely visitor in a museum salon, where one can sink into the past and identify with the lives of the previous residents of the house. The abundance of details in the design of the interiors and the old style furniture define the past.


Olga, 2018 Oil on aluminium, 136 x 112 cm Photo: Antti Ranki, Courtesy of MAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY


The painting technique in all the works is oil paint on an aluminum plate. Aluminum allows the paint to slide on the surface of the work, where the hand and brush do not brake. The fast painting phase is preceded by a slow work phase, where the artist delimits the painting surface meticulously. The slow work phase produces a unified and synchronous movement of the hand and thought on the surface of the painting – choosing the right color alignments. In the finished painting, the silvery aluminum surface gleams in the presence of paint.

Turku-based painter Erika Adamsson lives and works in her hometown, where she has also studied. She graduated from the Turku School of Drawing in 1996 and currently teaches painting at the same school. Adamsson had numerous solo exhibitions in Finland, the most recent one at Forum Box, Helsinki in 2019 and Laukko Mansion in 2021. The artist was awarded the William Thuring Prize of the Finnish Art Association in 2018. This exhibition is Erika Adamsson’s first appearance in Vaasa and it is produced by Vaasa City Museums. The exhibition is curated by chief of exhibitions Maaria Salo.


Artist Erika Adamsson tells about the exhibition (in Finnish)

Duration 4.06. Filming and editing Marcus Lerviks.


Opening speech – Minna Sartes


Looking for lost time, 2018 Oil on aluminium, 136 x 112 cm Photo: Antti Ranki, Courtesy of MAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY


The uppermost picture:

Pale Green Taffeta, 2019, Oil on aluminium, 136 x 112 cm

Saastamoisen säätiön taidekokoelma / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art , Photo: Paula Virta / EMMA






Vers la lumière- French Art from the Tikanoja Collection



Leon Bonnat Kirjoittava tyttö
Léon Bonnat: Writing girl (photo: Mikko Lehtimäki)

Frithjof Tikanoja donated his art and book collections, as well as a number of antiques, to the City of Vaasa in December 1951. Tikanoja’s art collection includes more than 1,000 works of art. Of these, 50 are made by foreign artists and the largest group consists of works by French artists.

Frithjof Tikanoja augmented the collection of French art gradually. Tikanoja made his most significant acquisitions of French art a hundred years ago, in 1921, when he bought works by Edgar Degas, Jean-Louis Forain, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse at one time. These works and others, essentially related to French art in the Tikanoja collection, are now presented in the exhibition Vers la lumière.

Paper-based works can only be displayed for a limited time. At first, the Vers la lumière exhibition will feature Paul Gauguin’s eight original prints from the Noa Noa series, which from January 2022 will be replaced by Louis Legrand’s graphics and Edgar Degas’ works.