Jiri Geller, Dunkelheit VIII, 2009, Miettinen Collection
Exhibition | 4.02.2017 - 27.08.2017


Art from Finland. Miettinen Collection
Fascination Finland – With the exhibition Dreamaholic, the Weserburg is for the first time conveying insights into the contemporary art scene in Finland. The works come from the Miettinen Collection in Berlin and Helsinki. Along with established artists such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jiri Geller and Robert Lucander, there are also many positions of young artists who in many cases still await discovery. All the works on display mirror the lively diversity of contemporary Finish art and demonstrate the high degree of independence with which these artists respond to international trends and participate in artistic debates. Along with sculpture and photography, the exhibition focuses on painting. The further development of Constructivist and Minimal concepts is represented along with the resumption and continuation of the figurative forms of Pop Art and postmodernism. The spectrum of the selected forms of expression extends from poetical visual inventions all the way to the homoerotic depictions of Tom of Finland.

"Die Bremer Auswahl aus der hierzulande noch völlig unbekannten Miettinen Collection ist ein Glücksfall internationaler Kunstbegegnung." Rainer Berthold Schossig im Deutschlandfunk. Der Radiobeitrag zum Nachhören findet sich hier

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Scenographer's Mind, 2002 (Detail), Miettinen Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Scenographer's Mind, 2002 (Detail), Miettinen Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

The exhibition title Dreamaholic, borrowed from a painting by Jani Hänninen, impressively describes the inventive power of art as well as the deep passion with which Timo Miettinen, together with his wife and his three sisters, has assembled the collection. It comprises a total of 800 works by Finish and international artists. Dreamaholic presents a deliberate selection and emphatically embodies the creed of the collector Timo Miettinen: “With respect to Finish art, one can very well meet with a surprise of one sort or another.”
With the start of the international jazzahead! trade fair from 27 to 30 April, the Weserburg is opening a further impressive artist’s space with works by Marianna Uutinen.
With the generous support of the Museumsfreunde Weserburg. In collaboration with the Finland Institute in Germany: finnland-institut.de.

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Jussi Niva, Foldaway, 2014, Miettinen Collection
Jussi Niva, Foldaway, 2014, Miettinen Collection

Artists of the Exhibition

Ville Andersson, HC Berg, Elina Brotherus, EGS, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Tom of Finland, Noora Geagea, Jiri Geller, Denise Grünstein, Jani Hänninen, Ulla Jokisalo, Pekka Jylhä, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Ismo Kajander, Ola Kolehmainen, Matti Kujasalo, Ville Kylätasku, Jani Leinonen, Robert Lucander, Niko Luoma, Jan Olof Mallander, Jaakko Mattila, Kirsi Mikkola, Jussi Niva, L-G Nordström, Janne Räisänen, Silja Rantanen, Aurora Reinhard, Vaula Siiskonen, Tommi Toija, Marianna Uutinen, Jenni Yppärilä.

jazzahead! Festival 2017 – Partner Country Finland – Concerts at the Weserburg

The exhibition is also part of the jazzahead! Festival 2017 with the partner country Finland. Inside and outside this framework, several concerts with Finish musicians playing jazz and experimental music are planned in the Weserburg, including ones at the exhibition opening on Friday, 3 February, during the trade fair from 27 to 30 April and at the club concert on 29 April, the popular jazzahead! club night. Further information about the program will soon be available at jazzahead.de.

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Artist’s Space Marianna Uutinen

Miettinen Collection
27 April – 27 August 2017
Opening: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
with a concert by jazzpianist Iro Haarla

Marianna Uutinen is known for her gestural-abstract, often large-format paintings. The artist, who lives in Helsinki and Berlin, likes unusual, glaring colors such as neon pink, but she also uses gold, silver and black. With their layers of paint on surfaces that are often crumpled and sometimes quite shiny, her works achieve an impressive presence and intensity. Spontaneous associations – such as glamour, kitsch and glittering night life – are deliberately awakened. But what initially evinces cool verve turns out on a second look to be a meticulous examination of the process of experimental painting. Marianna Uutinen uses poured paint, multiple overlapping of layers, random and controlled applications in order to explore in a profound manner the possibilities and limitations of contemporary painting.

Marianna Uutinen, Big Bang, 2011, Miettinen Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Marianna Uutinen, Big Bang, 2011, Miettinen Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Miettinen Collection

Timo Miettinen, chairman of the board at Teleste Oyj and management board member at Ensto Oy, has cultivated a close connection to art ever since the age of fifteen. Together with his mother, he began collecting Finish landscape painting from the 19th and 20th centuries. Since 2004, Timo Miettinen – together with his family – has been expanding the collection to include international contemporary art. Timo Miettinen worked for many years in Germany and is closely connected to the country through his places of residence in Helsinki and Berlin.

Kaarina Kaikkonen, from the cycle Queen of the Night, 2011, Miettinen Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Kaarina Kaikkonen, from the cycle Queen of the Night, 2011, Miettinen Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

In 2010 in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Timo Miettinen set up the Salon Dahlmann, named after the last owner of the house, Hildegard Dahlmann. This site established a link to the tradition of Berlin salon culture, whose origin may be found in the surroundings of the Kurfürstendamm in West Berlin. The Salon Dahlmann presents a diverse program across a wide spectrum of artistic formats: exhibitions, concerts, performances and workshops. “From an international perspective, Berlin was always my second spiritual home. For me, this project means being able to build a bridge between Berlin and Helsinki. Moreover, I would like to introduce Finish artists who aren’t particularly well-known here.” 

The Miettinen Collection consists of paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists of different generations and nationalities from the 19th to 21st centuries, as well as marble sculptures from Roman antiquity. The collection pursues two agendas: It seeks both to promote young art and to increase the level of awareness with respect to important (and not only) Finish artists. At the same time, it is concerned with the exchange of artistic ideas on a high international level. For this reason, the collection features a wide range of artists including Georg Baselitz, Louise Bourgeois, Monica Bonvicini, André Butzer, William Copley, Matthias Dornfeld, Luis Gordillo, Peter Halley, Secundino Hernández, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Matti Kujasalo, Heikki Marila, Kirsi Mikkola, Jussi Niva, Albert Oehlen, Janne Räisänen, Aurora Reinhard, Anselm Reyle, Julian Röder, Helene Schjerfbeck, Marianna Uutinen and Manolo Valdés. Out of this rich portfolio three artist spaces are being hosted by Miettinen Collection presenting works by Joachim Bandau, Julian Röder and the Spanish artist Secundino Hernández.

Today the collection may be seen in the framework of temporary thematic exhibitions at the Salon Dahlmann and in the adjoining private apartment. Another part in Helsinki is accessible to the public in private surroundings. The Weserburg is presenting the Miettinen Collection for the first time in a museum context. Further information may be found at www.salon-dahlmann.de.

Denise Grünstein, Deja Vue (2014), Miettinen Collection
Denise Grünstein, Deja Vue (2014), Miettinen Collection



  • Aki Rissanen, Jazzpianist - Freitag, 03. Februar 2017, 19 Uhr (im Rahmen der Ausstellungseröffnung), Eintritt frei
  • Iro Haarla, Jazzpianistin - Mittwoch, 26. April 2017, 19 Uhr
  • Tuuletar, Vocal Folk Hop Band - Samstag, 29. April 2017, 20 Uhr (im Rahmen der jazzahead! clubnight), clubnight-Ticket 20/25 Euro


  • Mit Ingo Clauß - Donnerstag, 09. Februar 2017, 18 Uhr, 8/5 Euro zzgl. 3 Euro Führungsgebühr. Weitere Führungen siehe hier

Workshop und Wandellesung:

  • Wandellesung - Sonntag, 02. April, 15 Uhr, 9/5 Euro. Prosa, Lyrik, Reflexionen, überraschende und skurrile Geschichten aus dem Schreibworkshop mit Anke Fischer werden in einer öffentlichen Lesung direkt an den Kunstwerken präsentiert.


  • film:art 76: Dreamaholic. Films from Finland - Dienstag, 4. April 2017, 20:30 Uhr, im Kino CITY 46. Vorgestellt von Christine Rüffert (Universität Bremen). Mit Filmen von Elina Brotherus, Aurora Reinhard, Eija-Liisa Ahtila,Jaana Kokko, Marjatte Oja/Dave Berg, Jaakko Pallasvuo

Katalogvorstellung mit Sammlergespräch:

  • Mittwoch, 26. April 2017, 18 Uhr, Eintritt frei. Im Anschluss wird der neue Künstlerraum von Marianna Uutinen mit einem Jazzkonzert von Iro Haarla eröffnet. 


Finissage mit Sammlergespäch und Konzert

  • Freitag, 25. August, 2017, 18 Uhr, Eintritt frei
    Dreamaholic – vivace, crescendo
    Wir feiern zusammen mit finnischen Gästen das Ende der Ausstellung „Dreamaholic. Kunst aus Finnland“. An diesem Abend erwartet Sie ein vielfältiges Programm. Um 18 Uhr starten wir mit der Präsentation des Ausstellungskatalogs und einem Sammlergespräch mit Timo Miettinen. Um 20 Uhr laden wir ein zum Konzert mit Annemarie Åström (Violine) und Terhi Dostal (Klavier). Sie spielen klassische Musik aus Finnland mit Werken von Toivo Kuula (1883-1918), Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924), Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) und Einar Englund (1916-1999): Sonate für Violine und Klavier (1979)
    Das Musikprogramm dieses Abends wird ermöglicht durch die Aue-Stiftung (Helsinki) mit Unterstützung durch den Jenny und Antti Wihuri-Fonds (Helsinki)."


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