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Eastern Spirituality

Villa Gyllenberg, Helsinki

  • 26.4.2023–13.8.2023

An art and cultural historical overview of how 'Eastern spirituality' has been imagined in Finnish art.


How have Finnish artists used the ideas and imagery of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam in their art from the late 19th century to the 1990s?

Answers to the challenges of today's hectic lives are often sought in yoga, meditation, trips to the East Asia and homes decorated with images of Buddha. Eastern religions have long inspired artists to collect artefacts, travel, contemplate and seek new ways of approaching both artmaking and the practice of their own spirituality. These phenomena have been flourishing together with esoteric impulses, early 20th century dance and theatre performances, and the countercultural movement (e.g. the hippie movement), among others.

The exhibition highlights interesting works, fascinating life stories and artefacts in which notions of Eastern spirituality have lived on in Finnish art and culture. In addition to visual art, the exhibition includes enchanting illustrations, photographic material and religious artefacts collected e.g. by Gustaf Mannerheim and Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

The artists featured in the exhibition are: Win Aaltonen, Eva Bremer, Carolus Enckell, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Meri Genetz, Ilona Harima, Werner von Hausen, Outi Heiskanen, Ester Helenius, Rudolf Koivu, Inari Krohn, J. O. Mallander, Ahti Lavonen, Anitra Lucander, Leena Luostarinen, Silja Rantanen, Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, Per Stenius, Matti Visanti, Hannu Visnen ja Jan Kenneth Weckman.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Nina Kokkinen (The Donner Institute), who has specialized in the study of art and religion, and it is based on her ongoing research project on eastern spirituality.

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Villa Gyllenberg
Kuusisaarenpolku 11, 00340 Helsinki

09 481 333

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Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-17:00
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun 12:00-17:00

Museum open: 18.5 (int. museum day), 12.6.2023 (Helsinki Day). Museum closed: 27.3.-25.4.2023 (change of exhibition), 24.-25.6.2023 (Midsummer), 14.8.-12.9.2023 (change of exhibition), 6.12.2023 (Independence Day)

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