Thank You for the Music

How Music Moves Us


Music speaks directly to our emotions. Hearing a song can take us back in time. We copy the dress of our idols, our mood changes with music. Thank You for the Music – How Music Moves Us is an exhibition on how the experiences of listening to music, watching music videos or going to a concert can appear in the life and work of an artist, a music lover, a fan.

Music is present in the featured artworks as a source of inspiration. It can take the form of a soundtrack which supports or challenges the visual aspects of the piece. The central theme in the exhibition is the intense emotional response produced in us by music. Many artists have used the aesthetics of music videos as the starting point for their work, approaching the topic using a variety of media, including video, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a song by the Swedish band ABBA. Indeed, we have music to thank for the pieces in this exhibition.


Petri Ala-Maunus (1970 Finland) · Eduardo Balanza (1971 Spain) · David Blandy (1976 UK) · Candice Breitz (1972 South-Africa) · Susanne Bürner (1970 Germany) · Graham Dolphin (1972 UK) · Rose Eken (1976 Danmark) · Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (1973 & 1972 UK) · Jenni Hiltunen (1981 Finland) · Petra Lindholm (1973 Finland) · Liisa Lounila (1976 Finland) · Sophie MacCorquodale (1978 UK) · Maria Stereo (1979 Finland) · Kalle Nieminen (1978 Finland) · Anneli Nygren (1958 Finland) · Bojan Sarcevic (1974 Serbia) · Terhi Ylimäinen (1976 Finland)

Adel Abidin (1973 Irak) · Fabien Giraud (1980 France) · Jani Hänninen (1974 Finland) · Katarzyna Kozyra (1963 Poland) · Rauha Mäkilä (1980 Finland) · Pink Twins - Juha Vehviläinen & Vesa Vehviläinen (1978 & 1974 Finland) · Pipilotti Rist (1962 Switzerland)

The exhibition is generously supported by

the Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts
IFA - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.
Embassy of the Republic of Poland