Upcoming exhibitions

The November Group 3.11.2018–24.2.2019

One of the most significant artist groups in the history of Finnish art was founded amid the unrest of the general strike of 1917: the November Group. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the group’s first exhibition.

The art created by the members of the November Group reflects a time that was defined by the Finnish Civil War, years of economic hardship and food shortages. The dark colours, barren landscapes torn by autumn storms and introverted portraits speak of the anxious undercurrent of their art. At the same time the November Group comprised a diverse range of talent that also utilised light, colours and poetic moods alongside the distinctly gloomy nature of much of their art

During the course of the 1910s, the artistic ideals of the past gave way to the cubism and expressionism of the young generation of artists – future members of the November Group. When Finland gained independence, there was a new call for national art, the creators of which were sought from a surprising direction. Having already achieved success at international exhibitions, members of the November Group who were originally equated with strong opposition found themselves in the vanguard of independent Finnish art.

As the unique Finnish characteristics of the November Group were emphasised, its international influences were often overlooked. Furthermore, the November Group is repeatedly identified almost solely with its most famous member, Tyko Sallinen, and there has been a lot of misleading information about which artists actually were members. The new exhibition at Villa Gyllenberg “November Group ” clarifies and expands our understanding of the November Group and focuses not only on its most famous members but also on lesser known artists.

The exhibition presents art from 1916 to 1926 by the following artists: Wäinö Aaltonen, Ilmari Aalto, Mikko Carlstedt, Alvar Cawén, Marcus Collin, Ragnar Ekelund, Viljo Kojo, Anton Lindforss, Alex Matson, Juho Mäkelä, Eero Nelimarkka and Tyko Sallinen.

Picture: Alvar Cawén: Members of the November Group (1921). Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. Photo: Ella Tommila / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

Schauman Menton Pieni

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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Wed 15-19
Sat 11-15
Sun 12-16

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Admission fee
Adults 10 €
Reduced admission (pensioners and students) 8 €
Children under 18 years 0 €
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Buses 551, 552. NB! Public transport to Kuusisaari changed on 3.1.2018. Learn more on the page Visit Villa Gyllenberg.