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Modern Finnish Ryijy Textiles from the Tuomas Sopanen Collection

2023.01.28 sat. - 04.16 sun.

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The great charm of ryijy textiles, which exude the air of a soft color field, lies in their intricately structured expressions of color. The turning point for the textiles, often said to exemplify the Finnish identity, dates to an exhibition of works by the painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela at the 1900 Paris Exposition. In the 1950s, ryijy textiles garnered international acclaim in conjunction with Finnish design and won a number of awards at successive Milan Triennials. Today, the textiles encompassed a more diverse range of styles and materials, and a wider range of expressions.

This exhibition of approximately 40 ryijy textiles, dating from the 1950s and later, marks the first time that works from the Tuomas Sopanen Collection have been presented in Japan.

Exhibition dates 2023, 01. 28, sat. – 04. 16, sun

Hours 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
*Fridays: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (*Exception: February 3, 10, April 14, 2023)
*Admission until 30 min before closing.

Closed Mondays

Venue Collection Gallery (4F)

Admission Adults: 430 yen (220 yen)
University students: 130 yen (70 yen)
* Figures in parentheses are groups of 20 or more.
* Collection gallery exhibition is available with this ticket.
* High school students and younger, Seniors (65+), admission is free (with valid ID).
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)

Night Discount for Collection Gallery Adult: 220 yen
University student: 70 yen
*The Discounted admission is only available after 5 P.M. on Fridays
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing.

  • Akseli GALLEN-KALLELA, Liekki (Flame), Designed 1899 / Woven 1983
    Tuomas Sopanen Collection

  • Eva BRUMMER, Helavalkeat (Whitsun Bonfires), 1956
    Tuomas Sopanen Collection

  • Uhra-Beata SIMBERG-EHRSTRÖM, Oras (The Young Crop), 1972
    Tuomas Sopanen Collection

  • Irma KUKKASJARVI, Fasadi (Facade), 1986
    Tuomas Sopanen Collection

  • Ritva PUOTILA, Punainen torni (Red Tower), 1960
    Tuomas Sopanen Collection

  • Leena-Kaisa HALME, Sininen yö (Blue Night), 2006
    Tuomas Sopanen Collection

  • Aino KAJANIEMI, Satumaa (Fairy-tale land), 2015
    Tuomas Sopanen collection

  • Maija LAVONEN, Sininen ryijy (Blue ryijy), 2016
    Tuomas Sopanen Collection

  • Melissa SAMMALVAARA, Ruska (Autumn foliage), 2020
    Tuomas Sopanen collection

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Exhibition Catalogue 1,540yen (

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