Kansikuva Esoteria2020

Current exhibitions

The Path to Hidden Knowledge 3.6 - 11.10.2020

The art world is becoming increasingly aware of the important role played by occultism and esotericism in the history of modern art. Villa Gyllenberg’s exhibition The Path to Hidden Knowledge sheds light on the importance of these ideas in Finnish art during the period 1890–1950. The experiential exhibition leads you to the big questions, along the shaded paths to the sources of hope and light.

The exhibition consists of works not only by well-known artists but also those who have remained in the shadow of history, some of whom have rarely or never been exhibited. The exhibition features beloved classics by the likes of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Beda Stjernschantz, Hugo Simberg and Helene Schjerfbeck, as well as fascinating works by lesser-known artists such as Meri Genetz, Eva Törnwall-Collin, Torsten Wasastjerna, Ilona Harima and Werner von Hausen.

Among the artists are anthroposophists, freemasons, rosecrucians and theosophists, while others sought answers to the mysteries of human life as non-affiliated truth seekers. Are you ready to follow them along the path of light and shadows? Do you dare to peek behind the veil of reality and step onto the path to hidden knowledge?

Curatorial team

Nina Kokkinen (Chief Curator of Exhibition), Ph.D, Art History and Study of Religion
Lotta Nylund, Villa Gyllenberg, Chief Curator
Siiri Oinonen, Villa Gyllenberg, Head of Customer and Program Services

Opening hours: 12-18 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Guided tours only by appointment and outside the opening hours. Maximum amount of persons: 20 pax. Further information and bookings via villa@gyllenbergs.fi

Content warning: The exhibition contains challenging elements.

Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation and Parvs Publishing Company published the book Spiritual Treasures. Esotericism in the Finnish Art World 1890-1950 in April 2020. Find out more.

Picture: Torsten Wasastjerna (1863-1924): Angels from the triptych When nature sleeps, the spirit awakens, 1898-99. Photo: Matias Uusikylä

Villa Gyllenberg opening hours

Wed 12-18
Sat 12-18
Sun 12-18

Group bookings by e-mail

Admission fee
Adults 10 €
Reduced admission (pensioners and students) 8 €
Under 18 / Over 75 0 €
With the Museum Card
Public transport
Buses 510, 552.