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Posing! Artists and Models

Varkaus Museums, Varkaus

  • 18.5.2021–26.9.2021

Paintings from the models and portraits from the collections of the City of Varkaus, mainly from Rakel Kansanen Collection and the collections of Kuopio Art Museum.


The summer 2021 art history exhibition explores the significance of the model. The artist's model has often been his own close circle or other fellow artists. Artists self-portraits may arise when there is no other model, on the other hand, the artist may be more free to explore painting technical issues precisely in his self-portraits.

Should a portrait or portrait look alike? This has been spoken on broad circles, especially in the case of public portraits. They are, as it were, common property, but often hidden from view. The title of the exhibition Posing refers to appearing in a considered position for the sake of effectiveness. This is not always the case.

The present-day part of the exhibition consists of public portraits from the collections of the City of Varkaus, most recently the official portrait of Parliamentary Counselor Kari Rajamki (b.1948) from 2018.

The exhibition examines the change in the way of filming through the works of the early decades of the 20th century. Key portraits have been obtained from the collections of the Kuopio Art Museum to supplement the works of the Rakel Kansanen collection in the city of Varkaus.

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Varkaus Museums
Wredenkatu 5 A, 78250 Varkaus

040 769 1010

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Mon Closed
Tue 10:00-17:00
Wed 10:00-17:00
Thu 10:00-17:00
Fri 10:00-16:00
Sat Closed
Sun 10:00-16:00



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