The research and exhibition project Gothic Modern has been launched. The period of the project is from 2018 to 2024. ‘Gothic Modern: from Northern Renaissance to Dark, Emotive, Uncanny Modern Art’ explores the pivotal importance of Gothic art for the artistic modernisms of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries.
- An ambitious new approach to modern art focusing on the untold story of Nordic and Northern European medieval reinventions from the 1890s to the fall of the Weimar Republic.
- Illuminates the Gothic as a core fascination for early twentieth-century art, transcending nationalism, straddling war and its aftermath.
- Reveals a hidden Edvard Munch and Käthe Kollwitz through their deep attraction to the art of the ‘Gothic’ past and how this resonated for their contemporaries, including Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg and Helene Schjerfbeck.
- Explores how these artists were inspired by medieval art through pilgrimages, eroticism and the ‘Dance of Death’ to create powerful new expressions of sexuality and trauma, death and reconnection.
- Project’s focus is on major fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century Nordic, German and Russian art works displayed alongside rare medieval and Northern Renaissance objects.
- A compelling exploration of the Gothic for the twenty-first century, about individual, gender and transnational community, entwined with the dark, the emotive and uncanny.
(Juliet Simpson, 2020)
May 2019: ‘Gothic Modern’ project launch – Knowledge-Sharing Workshop and papers co-convened by Dr Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff and Prof. Juliet Simpson (Ateneum; FNG) exploring the Gothic in the long nineteenth-century: artists, collections and museums – beyond national art canons .
Forthcoming in Spring and Autumn 2020: workshops and symposia (Helsinki and London), co-organized by Prof. Juliet Simpson and Dr Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff on ‘Gothic Connections’ – Northern medieval and Renaissance art in Nordic, German contexts: reception, display and reinvention, 1900s-to the fall of the Weimar Republic. For international scholars, curators, PhD and early-career researchers.
Guest Curator: Professor Juliet Simpson, FRSA, FRHist.S. Coventry University, UK (Juliet.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Project Leader: Dr Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Chief Curator, Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery (email@example.com)
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: The Fratricide, 1897. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Antell. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jukka Romu