ITE – Contemporary Folk Art Museum was opened in Kaustinen in 2001, and it has been a part of the K.H.Renlund Museum since 2009. The ITE Museum is tasked with promoting Finnish contemporary folk art, or ITE art, regionally, nationally and internationally in collaboration with different operators.
The ITE Museum manages collections deposited at the K.H.Renlund Museum, the ITE art collection owned by the Association for Rural Culture and Education, and the international naïve and outsider art collections of the municipality of Kaustinen and the Nordic Art School Foundation. Together with the K.H.Renlund Museum, the ITE Museum is responsible for lending pieces in the collections to other museums and exhibition venues both in Finland and abroad.
ITE art is displayed in changing exhibitions in the ITE Museum located in the Museum Quarter of Kokkola. The ITE Museum produces its own exhibitions and also collaborates with different partners and curators. In addition to the artworks included in the collections, the pieces displayed in the museum’s exhibitions are loaned from artists and private collections. The ITE Museum produces touring exhibitions based on its own collection and a wide artist network. In addition, the ITE Museum is actively involved in the field of Finnish and international outsider art.
The museum offers its expertise for, among other things, the production of national and international exhibitions. The equity of the ITE Museum, in other words awareness and information of Finnish contemporary folk art, has been increased significantly as a result of the ITE art mapping projects initiated by the Association for Rural Culture and Education in the early 21st century.