Upcoming exhibitions

Sigrid Schauman. Art as an Expression of Emotions 20.3 - 4.8.2019

The new exhibition Sigrid Schauman, Art as an Expression of Emotions examines Sigrid Schauman’s conception of art as it appears in her paintings and the art reviews that she wrote about contemporary exhibitions. Sigrid Schauman (1877-1979) was indeed an unusual artist in that she worked for almost forty years also as an art critic for Swedish-language newspapers in Finland. This exhibition presents both of Schauman’s roles, as an artist and as a critic.

The exhibition comprises around forty paintings from her most prolific period, including landscapes, nude studies and portraits that all play with colour and light. The exhibition highlights her personal relationship with nature. Schauman sought artistic truth and a feeling of beauty that reflected a form of spirituality.

The exhibition also includes a selection of art by around 20 artists, including Magnus Enckell, A. W. Finch, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Tyko Sallinen, Helene Schjerfbeck, Ellen Thesleff, Verner Thomé and Sam Vanni. Excerpts from Schauman’s reviews and other articles about these artists present her work as an art critic.

As both an artist and a critic, Schauman emphasised the aesthetics of emotions: art should affect the viewer on an emotional level. She often presented her view that art is a visual emotion. As an art critic in the Finnish art scene from the 1920s to the 1950s, Schauman was open to new ideas and international trends. In fact, her art and reviews promoted the introduction of colour field painting and modernism in Finland.

This is the first exhibition to present the artistic and journalistic work of Sigrid Schauman on such a scale. A book will be published in connection with the exhibition entitled Sigrid Schauman (1877-1979), Life and Works by Camilla Granbacka (layout by Minna Luoma / Candy Graphics, published by Svenska Folkskolans Vänner and Litorale). The book will be available in Finnish and Swedish.

Picture: Sigrid Schauman: Landscape from Menton (1951). Photo: Pori Art Museum, Erkki Valli-Jaakola.

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