Akseli Gallen-Kallela, from Finland to Paris, to Africa… to the world

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, from Finland to Paris, to Africa… to the world
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by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Although recognised as one of the most emblematic artists of the Finnish genius at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Akseli Gallen-Kallela has never been the subject of a monographic exhibition in France. Yet he was closely linked with Paris: a pupil of the Académie Julian in the 1880s, he triumphed at the 1900 World Fair with the frescoes of the Finnish Pavillion with themes drawn from the epic Kalevala, he exhibited his work again in Paris in 1908 before embarking for Africa from which he returned with a flamboyant series of paintings and watercolours.

Naturalism, neo-romanticism, symbolism and expressionism are intermingled in his work, which also include decorative arts. The exhibition accounts for this brilliant career, showing together pieces usually conserved in prestigious Finnish institutions and private collections that constitute manifestos of an art too often reduced to the expression of a national identity.

Now exhibit in Paris: Musée dÒrsay



Philippe Thiébaut, general curator, Musée d’Orsay

by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

by Akseli Gallen-Kallela


Janne Gallen-Kallela-Siren, director of the Helsinki Art Museum


Barbara Til, curator at the Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf


This exhibition has been organised by :

the musée d’Orsay, Paris

the Helsinki Art Museum

the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf


Exhibition also presented in:

Helsinki, Art Museum, from 23 September 2011 to 15 January 2012

Düsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast, from 1 June to 2 September 2012

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