Kenya Revisited

Kuva maalauksesta, jossa sinistä taivasta, pilviä sekä lumihuippuisia vuoria.


11.3.2023 – 28.1.2024 EET/EEST


Gallen-Kallela Museum

Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, 02600 Espoo

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  • 12 € adults, 7 € pensioners, 5 € students and unemployed. Children under 18 free of charge. Museum Card and Kaikukortti accepted.

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s trip to Africa from 1909–1910 is a well-known and fascinating period in his life. Settling in the area around Nairobi, now the capital of Kenya, Gallen-Kallela recorded views of the life and landscapes of what was then British East Africa. The themes and collections related to the journey have now been examined for the first time, with Kenyan actors both in Finland and Kenya!

The themes of the exhibition were examined in joint workshops, covering colonialism, hunting, Kenyan history and the display materials: art and object collections. Kenya Revisited features a large selection of Gallen-Kallela’s paintings and ethnographic and zoological materials collected by him. The exhibition is complemented by background information and experiences of the objects gathered from the Kenyan community.

Gallen-Kallela saw East Africa as a pristine paradise where he could realise his dreams. In Afrikka-kirja (Africa Book), his memoirs of the journey, he remarks, …when I arrived, time stood still. Like an ever-evolving Fata Morgana, the visions around us change; everything is just days and nights that merge with the sun, the moon and the stars, in an air so gentle that one forgets one’s own existence.

The exhibition texts are available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Swahili.

The exhibition has received support from the City of Espoo and Kone Foundation.

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