Communiqué de presse

Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg

Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa

2.6-1.10.2017

The exhibition Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg will explore the journey of the Gauguin’s Noa Noa woodcuts to Frithjof Tikanoja’s art collection through the story of the Finnish artist Ester Kumlin and her studies in Paris.

The exhibition will focus on the generation of Nordic artists present around 1894 in Paris in the circle of Paul Gauguin and August Strindberg. The impulse they received from these meetings will be recalled with paintings and decorative art preserved in museums and private collections. Through the journey of the Gauguin’s Noa Noa woodcuts to Finland and Sweden, where they eventually became part of Frithjof Tikanoja’s and Nationalmuseum’s collection, the exhibition will connect dots between artists such as Pekka Halonen, Väinö Blomstedt, Werner von Hausen, Olof Sager-Nelson, Magnus Enckell, Wilho Sjöström, Bruno Aspelin, Ester Kumlin and Fanny Låstbom. Their study trip to Paris had turned into a life-time experience in the height of Symbolism.

The exhibition Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg will display art works and archive material from this time period from mainly Nordic artists in addition Gauguin’s woodcuts.

The exhibition is produced by The Tikanoja Art Museum and the curator of the exhibition is Art Historian Laura Gutman.

Paul Gauguin, Noa-Noa-series, 1893, woodcut. Picture: Tikanoja Art Museum.

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