Gallen-Kallela Museum

8.2.2020–26.4.2020

 Admission with Museum Card
Exhibition

Nordic Noir

This exhibition is an encounter of six Finnish and Norwegian artists extending beyond chronological limits. Akseli Gallen-Kallela is visited by Sverre Malling (born 1977), Louis Moe (1857–1945), Jarmo Mäkilä (born 1952), Odd Nerdrum (born 1944) and Hugo Simberg (1873–1917).

The artists of this exhibition have in common myths, dream-like visions and images emerging from the subconscious along with a figurative manner of expression and technical skill. The symbolism of the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is juxtaposed with the ways in which contemporary artists address life and transitoriness.

What unites and separates us now, compared with a century ago?


Visions from the depths of history and the human mind
The new exhibition places contemporary works of art within the continuum of symbolism, carrying on in the spirit of our highly popular Inner Eye exhibition in the spring of 2019. It connects contemporary interest and research in symbolism and esotericism with the present day. The share roots of the artworks extend back to old German and Netherlandish art, such as Albrecht Dürer’s etchings, scientific illustrations, Rembrandt’s mysterious chiaroscuro, Goya’s Disasters of War and the tense moods of horror films.

Both The Slain Lemminkäinen (1896) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Sverre Malling’s Snowblind (2010) depicting a rock n’ roll figure killed by an overdose of drugs find a parallel with The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb (1520–1522) by Hans Holbein the Younger, but also appear to be definite mirror images of one another.

The tradition of vanitas paintings and dances of death have lived on as major question of life from one work of art and century to another. The skeleton figure can be seen in various situations in the works of both Louis Moe and Hugo Simberg and the skull can be found on Axel Gallén’s worktable in Paris and in the hand of a Bandidos character in Jarmo Mäkilä’s painting.

There is a mysterious mood to Odd Nerdrum’s paintings with their Rembrandtesque chiaroscuro. Fleshy figures in arrested landscapes move about in the interstices of the real and the unreal.

Questions of time and eternity
Art of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries turned its gaze to inner worlds. Industrialisation began to reveal its negative aspects and artists yearned for spiritual values and authenticity. In our present era, there is the ever-present threat of an environmental catastrophe. On the other hand, threats may also come from within, from the subliminal and the subconscious. Familiar things become strange, rejected memories tease the individual on the borderlines of the mind and the self vacillates.

Art and its experience are always in a relationship with their period, its imagery and discourses. At the same time, questions regarded as timeless are the basic issues of art. Around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, art was a means for dealing with and attaining the esoteric, the sacred, the afterlife or the things falling in between the different worlds. Even today, art can serve as a way of talking about what is hard to grasp with words.

Share this with your friends!

Print version

Voit ostaa Museokortin tästä museokohteesta tai verkosta

Museum contact details

Gallen-Kallela Museum
Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, 02600 Espoo

010 4068840

Museum website

Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card

10/7/5/0 €

Payment methods

käteinen, pankkikortti, visa, mastercard, smartum, virike, epassi, Eazybreak

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram

Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue 11:00-16:00
Wed 11:00-16:00
Thu 11:00-16:00
Fri 11:00-16:00
Sat 11:00-16:00
Sun 11:00-17:00

closed , 20.1.-7.2., 27.4.-8.5., 24.-25.12.20202

Accessibility

Näyttelyn tekstit kielillä

OTHER MUSEUMS NEARBY

  • Hotel and Restaurant Museum
     
     

    Hotel and Restaurant Museum

    The Hotel and Restaurant Museum is a museum specialised in the history of hotels, restaurants, cafés, tourism...

     
  • Theatre Museum
     
     

    Theatre Museum

    Theatre Museum’s exhibitions transport visitors into the theatre and backstage to see and experience what...

     
  • Villa Gyllenberg
     
     

    Villa Gyllenberg

    The Villa Gyllenberg museum, which is comprised of the Gyllenberg family home and an adjoining gallery, is...

     
  • The WeeGee Exhibition Centre
     
     

    The WeeGee Exhibition Centre

    A cultural meeting place in Tapiola

     
  • Didrichsen Art Museum
     
     

    Didrichsen Art Museum

    The Didrichsen Art Museum is a unique combination of art museum and a private home on Kuusisaari island.

     
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
     
     

    The Finnish Museum of Photography

    The Finnish Museum of Photography presents exhibitions of Finnish and international photography by...

     
  • Rock Church Temppeliaukio
     
     

    Rock Church Temppeliaukio

     
  • National Museum of Finland
     
     

    National Museum of Finland

    A museum filled with the riches of Finnish history.

     
  • Kunsthalle Helsinki
     
     

    Kunsthalle Helsinki

    Contemporary Art & Design since 1928.

     
  • Hakasalmi Villa
     
     

    Hakasalmi Villa

    The charming Hakasalmi Villa is located next to Finlandia Hall near Töölönlahti bay.

     
  • Tamminiemi
     
     

    Tamminiemi

    Home of the presidents.

     
  • Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
     
     

    Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

    Rural Finland in miniature!

     
  • Finnish Music Hall of Fame
     
     

    Finnish Music Hall of Fame

    In the brand new Music Museum Fame you can find truly unique music experiences and be introduced to Finnish...

     
 
 
 
 
 
.