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Torsten Wasastjerna – A World of Fairy Tales and Fantasy

Villa Gyllenberg, Helsinki

  • 11.5.2022–11.9.2022

Torsten Wasastjerna brings to life a lost fairy tale world in his rarely seen fairy tale and fantasy paintings.


Torsten Wasastjerna (1863–1924) was an important artist in the Golden Age of Finnish art. He produced most of his art between the 1880s to the 1910s. Wasastjerna studied in Dsseldorf and Paris and shifted away from realistic landscape painting towards Impressionism and Symbolism. The new exhibition presents his entire spectrum of his artistic output, from the paintings he produced in Dsseldorf to the landscapes of his last years in the 1920s.

At the turn of the 20th century, he painted very large paintings with fairy tale and fantasy themes. Wasastjerna was concerned that the world of fairy tales and fantasy would give way and disappear in the triumphal path of rationalism. In his paintings, Wasastjerna brings to life a lost fairy tale world.

Torsten Wasastjerna was an artist who walked his own path. He believed that even if his contemporaries did not understand his artistic endeavours, future generations would recognise the uniqueness of his art and appreciate it. Perhaps now is the time?

Today, fairy tale and fantasy themes, as well as their visual style, are familiar from fantasy literature and movies, the pictorial tradition of fairy tales, and the aesthetics of computer games. At the same time, we are concerned about the loss of biodiversity and the lack of appreciation for the arts and imagination in this era of efficiency. As a result, Wasastjernas paintings feel surprisingly contemporary.

Torsten Wasastjerna has received little attention. The new exhibition at Villa Gyllenberg explores and re-evaluates Wasastjernas works within the context of the arts of their time. Some of the paintings, drawings and graphic art in the exhibition have not been on exhibited for over a hundred years, and some are even on public display for the first time ever.

In connection with the exhibition, a new book about Torsten Wasastjerna is being published in Finnish and Swedish. The book is authored by PhD Erkki Anttonen, curator of the exhibition.

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Villa Gyllenberg
Kuusisaarenpolku 11, 00340 Helsinki

09 481 333

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

Museum closed: 12.9-14.10-2022 (change of exhibition), 24-25.12 (Christmas), 1.1.2023 (New Year's Day)

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