Gallen-Kallela in Kenya

22.11.2017 - 15.12.2017

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Kilima-ndjaro, 1909, öljymaalaus 13,5 x 17cm. Gallen-Kallelan Museo. Kuva: GKM / Petri Summanen

Art Exhibit at Nairobi National Museum

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), one of Finland’s most renowned artists, traveled to Kenya with his family in 1909. They lived on the outskirts of Nairobi, painting, travelling, and collecting both natural and ethnographic artefacts. Now, over 100 years later, his works are to be exhibited for the first time in the country they were created in.

In celebration of the 2017 centenary of Finnish independence, the Gallen-Kallela Museum together with the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi are producing the “GALLEN-KALLELA IN KENYA” exhibition on Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s trip and the art it inspired at the Nairobi National Museum. The exhibition is based on reproduced materials, paintings and photographs.

The exhibition will also be the launch event of the the Gallen-Kallelan Museum’s Taideavain (Art Key) web application. The interactive application will follow in the footsteps of the Gallen-Kallela family on a map of Kenya, and offer context on the exhibited works.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Hwandoni Hills, 1910. Öljymaalaus. Gallen-Kallelan Museo. Kuva: GKM / Jukka Paavola

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Hwandoni Hills, 1910. Oil painting. The Gallen-Kallela Museum. Photo: GKM / Jukka Paavola

Nairobi National Museum, Cultural Dynamism Gallery
22.11 – 15.12.2017 / 08.30am – 5.30pm Daily



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