23.2. – 19.5.2019 The von Wright Brothers

Magnus (1805–1868), Wilhelm (1810–1887) and Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906) were painters whose art celebrates the grandeur of nature while also engaging in its close scientific study. The brothers were particularly skilled at ornithological paintings, an art they perfected over many years of careful study and practice. Magnus and Ferdinand also ranked among the leading Finnish landscapists of their generation. Presenting over 80 works, the exhibition was co-produced with the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery.

Magnus von Wright, European Rollers, 1867, oil, 46 x 39 cm, private collection, photo Finnish National Gallery, Hannu Pakarinen

23.2. – 19.5.2019 Jussi Mäntynen – Tracks in the Forest

The sculptor Jussi Mäntynen (1886–1978) was an avid nature lover and outdoorsman who worked as the conservator and preparator for Helsinki’s Natural History Museum. The exhibition showcases his depictions of native Finnish wild life, its behaviour and anatomy. Ranging in style from realism to stylized synthetism, his sculptures feature a wide array of materials from patinated bronze and silver to various types of stone and gilded wood.

 

Jussi Mäntynen: Orchid (Moose Calf, det), 1930, silver, City of Turku Art Collection

23.2. – 19.5.2019 Taru Mäntynen – Visions of a Wanderer

Taru Mäntynen’s sculptures evoke a mythical world in which humans and beasts are equals, wolves dance, and lynxes pause thoughtfully as if waiting for something to happen. Mäntynen’s art is inspired both by the epic tales of The Kalevala and ancient cave paintings. Among the early works include din the exhibition are her meticulously rendered portraits of children. A handful of new works are also featured. Mäntynen casts her sculptures in her own workshop. A book about Mäntynen’s art will be published in conjunction with this comprehensive retrospective looking back on her long career.

Taru Mäntynen: Merkitty on, 1996, pronssi, Riihimäen taidemuseo, Tatjana ja Pentti Wähäjärven kokoelmat. Kuva: Sami Parkkinen