previews

  • Akseli Gallen-Kallela

    Groninger Museum
    Museumeiland 1
    December 17, 2006–April 15, 2007

    Curated by Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén, David Jackson, and Patty Wageman

    Counting some 180 canvases and works on paper from a forty-year span, this retrospective marks the most substantial showing of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s oeuvre outside of the Nordic region since his death in 1931 and promises to introduce one of Finland’s most important artists to a new audience. Gallen-Kallela’s paintings helped define the emerging national identity of nineteenth-century postcolonial Finland. Like other national-romantic artists, he reflected collective belonging through depictions of the local landscape but also by recapturing cultural legend in his illustrations of the national epic poem, The Kalevala. In addition to his best-known works, the exhibition includes Gallen-Kallela’s symbolist paintings and his experiments with graphic art.