Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lemminkäisen äiti, 1897. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo, kok. Antell. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jouko Könönen
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lemminkäinen’s Mother, 1897. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Antell. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jouko Könönen

Akseli Gallen-Kallela

15 April–14 August 2022
the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

The retrospective of works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931) is the first exhibition of the artist’s entire oeuvre to be shown in Russia. The exhibition covers the entire arc of Gallen-Kallela’s career, from naturalism to symbolism, from iconic landscape paintings to large Kalevala-themed works, and the transition to a synthesist painting style.

Gallen-Kallela was an open-minded experimenter and seeker, who was one of the first artists in Finland to develop, for example, printmaking techniques. One of the key themes of the exhibition is Gallen-Kallela’s international networks and travels, which inspired him and gave his art a new direction. During his time in Africa, a change that had been developing for a few years bloomed into colourful expressionism. These works form a spectacular whole to be displayed at the State Tretyakov Gallery. Gallen-Kallela’s connections with both European and Russian artists are one of the focus areas of the exhibition.

The works travelling to Russia for the exhibition, which are part of the Finnish National Gallery/Ateneum Art Museum collections, include Aino Myth, Triptych (1891), Kullervo Cursing (1899), Lemminkäinen’s Mother (1897), and Boy with a Crow (1884). The exhibition also features the artist’s central works from other significant Finnish collections and from private individuals. A total of approximately 120 works will be on display.

The curators of the exhibition are the senior researcher at the Ateneum, Anu Utriainen, and the State Tretyakov Gallery curator Tatiana Karpova, a specialist in European art. The directors of the Ateneum Art Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery, Marja Sakari and Zelfira Tregulova, respectively, and the chief curator at the Ateneum, Timo Huusko, have also contributed to content planning.

Visit the website of the State Tretyakov Gallery (in Russian)