Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Akseli Gallen-Kallela

This is an opportunity served on a silver plate: Art exhibition by Akseli Gallen-Kallela is open until January 15th at the second floor of Tennispalatsi, right next to Kamppi bus station. They have free entrance from Dec 27th to 31st - so this is your chance to get to know the Finnish artist. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 11 AM - 7 PM, but e.g. on New Year's Eve they close at 3 PM.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela was the hottest artist in Finland in the late 19th - early 20th century, and he had a significant role in building the Finnish cultural identity. His most famous pieces are large oil paintings, but he also made frescos, posters and more symbolic experiments.

Then a sightseeing tip for the spring: Gallen-Kallela's studio is located in Espoo, right next to Leppävaara. The house is amazing, there's a café on the yard and the view is beautiful. It's really worth visiting (at least the garden, if you don't care for the paintings that much) for example on May, when the nature around the place starts to bloom.

Näytä Gallen-Kallela studio suuremmalla kartalla


  1. I wish I had the chance to visit Finland when this exposition was still running. I love this artist and I definitely think he influenced the Finnish culture… A free mind .

  2. Hey Flop2, luckily there are nice pieces in the collection and permanent exhibition of Ateneum at Helsinki. And as I mentioned, his studio is worth visiting!