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Kenya Revisited

Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo

  • 11.3.2023–28.1.2024

Kenya Revisited presents a comprehensive selection of the paintings Akseli Gallen-Kallela created during his stay in East Africa, together with ethnographic and zoological materials he collected there.


Akseli Gallen-Kallelas trip to Africa from 1909–1910 is a well-known and fascinating period in his life. Settling in the area around Nairobi, now the capital of Kenya, Gallen-Kallela recorded views of the life and landscapes of what was then British East Africa. The themes and collections related to the journey have now been examined for the first time, with Kenyan actors both in Finland and Kenya!

The themes of the exhibition were examined in joint workshops, covering colonialism, hunting, Kenyan history and the display materials: art and object collections. Kenya Revisited features a large selection of Gallen-Kallelas paintings and ethnographic and zoological materials collected by him. The exhibition is complemented by background information and experiences of the objects gathered from the Kenyan community.

Gallen-Kallela saw East Africa as a pristine paradise where he could realise his dreams. In Afrikka-kirja (Africa Book), his memoirs of the journey, he remarks, when I arrived, time stood still. Like an ever-evolving Fata Morgana, the visions around us change; everything is just days and nights that merge with the sun, the moon and the stars, in an air so gentle that one forgets ones own existence.

The exhibition texts are available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Swahili.

The exhibition has received support from Kone Foundation and the City of Espoo.

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

010 4068840

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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

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