Exhibitions

Ane Gyllenberg – A Collector’s Independence 29.03 – 29.10. 2017

The Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation is celebrating the centenary of Finnish independence by organizing the exhibition Ane Gyllenberg - A Collector's Independence. In addition to the art in the Gyllenberg Collection, the exhibition will include 47 key works on loan from the most important art collections in Finland.

The new exhibition presents around a hundred works of art divided into four themes: Melancholic Rooms, Vierge Moderne – Modern Virgins, National Sentiments and The Child in Art. Different background colors accentuate the mood of each theme.

The atmosphere in Finland was at boiling point in the 1890s. Melancholic Rooms reflects the restlessness of the period and the dream of reaching beyond reality.
Key works within this theme include Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s paintings Ad Astra (1907) from the Gyllenberg Collection, The Problem (The Symposium) (1894) on loan from the Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, and several nude paintings by Magnus Enckell that explore the themes of youth and androgyny. Other highlights include Helene Schjerfbeck’s unique series of brutally honest self-portraits and several of her rare historical paintings.

Women were liberated from their traditional roles as goddesses of love and God-bearers. Key works within the theme Vierge Modern include Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Madonna (1891), Tyko Sallinen’s Mirri in Green (1911), Pekka Halonen’s After the Guitar Lesson (1894) and Helene Schjerfbeck’s Fragment (1904) and Elegant Lady (c. 1928).

The growing national sentiment was reflected also in landscape paintings: the wilderness waited to be conquered, the struggle of the people was symbolized by a fallen tree or raging rapids. Alongside Gallen-Kallela’s Lake Keitele (1904) Werner Holmberg’s Motif from Toriseva (1859), Eero Järnefelt’s Boulders in the Wilderness (1891), Ellen Thesleff’s Midsummer (1912) and Tyko Sallinen’s Late Winter (1914) all represented the growing national sentiment.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s The Beggar Boy (1887) was one of Ane Gyllenberg’s favourite paintings. Albert Edelfelt’s Boys Playing (1884) in turn is one of the most popular paintings in Finland. Within the theme The Child in Art these paintings are joined by Helene Schjerfbeck’s Girl at the Gate (1897-1902) and The Woodcutter (1910-1911), the latter of which is on loan from the Ateneum Art Museum.

The second floor of Villa Gyllenberg presents the life’s work of Ane Gyllenberg (1891–1977).

A comprehensive catalogue of the Gyllenberg Collection comprising essays and photographs of the art works is being published in connection with the exhibition. Three separate language editions are being published: in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Villa Gyllenberg will continue its diverse cultural programme during this centenary year by organizing concerts and a lecture series based on the themes of the new exhibition.


Spring lectures:
26.04.2017 at 6pm: Artistic and religious encounters – creative spirituality in a multicultural society, Ruth Illman, Docent, Åbo Akademi
03.05.2017 at 6pm: Art, commerce and the emotional landscape: Finland in 1916-1920, Professor Henrik Meinander, University of Helsinki
17.05.2017 at 6pm: Art and inspiration – Ane Gyllenberg as an art collector, Nina Zilliacus, Chief Curator, Villa Gyllenberg

Autumn lectures:
06.09.2017 at 6pm: How to purchase art as an investment object and avoid forgeries? art market expert Pauliina Laitinen-Littorin, PhD
11.10.2017 at 6pm: Ane Gyllenberg as a collector of art by Helene Schjerfbeck and an overview of Schjerfbeck’s portraits, Sue Cedercreutz-Suhonen, Chief Guide, Villa Gyllenberg.
All lectures are in Finnish and Swedish.



Suomifinland100 Tunnus Sininen Rgb

Villa Gyllenberg opening hours

Wed 15-19
Sun 12-16

The museum is closed due to change of exhibition 30.10-21.11.2017.

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Admission fee
Adults 10 €
Reduced admission (pensioners and students) 8 €
Children under 18 years 0 €
With the Museum Card