Pilgrims of Art – Nikolai Roerich and Akseli Gallen-Kallela

7.2.2015 - 19.4.2015

Manaaja / Andesbesvärjaren / Conjurer, 1918, tempera puulle / tempera på trä / tempera on wood, 41,5 x 32,5 cm, Valtiollinen Idän museo / Statens museum för österländska folk / The State Museum of Oriental Art. Kuva / Bild / Photo: © Valtiollinen Idän museo / Statens museum för österländska folk / The State Museum of Oriental Art

 

Nikolai Roerich: Aamu Himalajalla (Himalaja-vuoristoa), 1943. Tempera pahville. Idän Museo©, Moskova. Kuva: Idän Museo©.

Nikolai Roerich: Himalayas, 1943. Tempera pahville. © State Museum of Oriental Art Moscow.

The Gallen-Kallela Anniversary Year presents both familiar and unknown aspects of this artist. Pilgrims of Art is an exhibition presenting for the first time to the present extent the companionship, art and way of thought of the Russian artist Nikolai Roerich (1874 – 1947) and Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 – 1931). The world-famous Roerich was a versatile artist cultural figure and researcher of cultures.

Roerich and Gallen-Kallela shared an interest in nature, folklore and myth. Roerich had also lived in Finland and he admired Gallen-Kallela’s Kalevala paintings. He also created painted works of forceful colours and lines, with a central role given to legends and the past. Like Gallen-Kallela, he wanted to make the sanctity of nature visible with the means of art. Along with national-romantic features, humanism transcending nations and respect for the spiritual aspect of man were strengthened in the work of both artists.

Roerich was active in Mir Iskusstva (The World of Art), an association seeking to reform Russian art. In 1913, he designed the costumes and stage sets for Igor Stravinsky’s controversial ballet The Rite of Spring. Roerich was familiar with Oriental mysticism and Buddhism, and in 1928 he founded an anthropological research station in the Himalayas and settled in India. Roerich was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements in the protection of cultural heritage.

In preparing this exhibition, the Gallen-Kallela Museum has collaborated with the State Museum of Oriental Art and the A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum of Moscow and the Nikolai Roerich Museum of New York. The exhibition features tens of paintings by both artists, along with photographs and archive materials.

In connection with this exhibition, the Gallen-Kallela Museum will publish the book Taiteen pyhiinvaeltajat – Nikolai Roerich ja Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Pilgrims of Art – Nikolai Roerich and Akseli Gallen-Kallela, in Finnish).

 

Meditation at the Gallen-Kallela Museum

Saturdays 14 February and 14 March, 3 – 5 p.m.

Nikolai Roerich was familiar with Oriental mysticism and Buddhist thought. In the spirit of his art, visitors to the museum can take part in supervised meditation sessions on two Saturdays under the guidance of painter and meditation instructor Nagashila, who is also the head of the Open Art School.

Price: € 10, including the entrance ticket to the museum, a guided introduction to the exhibition beginning at 3 p.m. and the meditation session following it.

 

Special guided visit to the Pilgrims of Art exhibition:

Sun 22 Feb, 1 p.m. with art historian Anna Nesterova

Sun 12 April, 1 p.m. with painter and meditation instructor Nagashila, head of the Open Art School.

With the museum ticket.

 

Nähdäksesi lehdistökuvat, kirjaudu ensin sisään sivustolle.