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MY BOOK OF EXHIBITIONS

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We entered the museum to music, there was an opera concert on the top floor with these wonderful paintings on the walls, such a beautiful experience! I love when there’s music, and on top of that -live- music in galleries. There are so many amazing treasures there, we saw many Munch paintings, a Gauguin sketch, a ballet scene by Toulouse Lautrec, a few Carl Larssons and some amazing Eugene Jansson paintings and I could go on and on and on. Many great artists I was seeing for the first time.

Thielska Galleriet is a house from early 1900s purposely built to house the wonderful art collection of the art collector and banker Ernest Thiel and his family. Thiel lost almost all his money in the stock crash after world war II and so 1924 the house plus paintings/decor was bought by the state and shortly after opened as a museum.

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My favourite works from this exhibition are 1. The wall of lava. I love organic things and this was beautiful. From afar it looked like a big carpet, like woven material and up close you could see all the detail, the spongy veins, the little flower or tree like shapes, it looked soft yet hard, just amazing! Nature is the best! LOVED that. 2.The labyrinth of colour. Love bright colours! I really liked how the plastic sheets of colours blended together when overlapping and created more colours that weren’t really there. Very soothing to the eye and very pretty. and 3. The mist raining down. It was just a hose placed up in the ceiling raining mist down in a dark room with a few lights, but that’s the greatest, when you can create something wondrous out of common things. It was beautiful, magical, mystical. All in all a very interesting exhibition! All pictures here I took at the exhibition 🙂

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A very big exhibition full packed with wondrous things! I liked most the first part where there were products made of sustainable materials as I am most interested in new materials that are eco-friendly but fabulous! What remained in my mind were these beautiful shoes by Liz Ciokailo made of hemp, coconut fibres, wool felt and papermass and Kosuke Tsumura’s recyclable coat “Final home” filled with old newspapers and other things to create warmth for insulation, as he said “When people loose their home, clothes are their last protection.” I also really liked the videos that were in the mid part with innovative materials, moving eerily by themselves, super interesting and beautiful. Then there were familiar clothes I have loved a long while such as Viktor&Rolf’s dress with pillows, Hussein Chalayan’s amazing table skirt that I remember cutting out pictures of from magazines so many years ago. This 1980’s Sonia Rykiel sweater dress for two is also adorable. There was also a section of super colourful clothes with smiley faces that were a real joy to see! All in all full of lots of great inspirations! ❤

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taidesalonkiOn the Christmas holidays we went to see the “100 years of Taidesalonki” exhibition in the Helsinki Art Museum.  I was really blown away, there was lots of art that was super colourful and inspiring! Lots of quick brush strokes and emotion. There are so many amazing Finnish artists that I am still discovering. One of my favourites was Ellen Theslef ❤

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There was a still life scene set up in the gallery with paper, crayons and easels set up to draw. This is what I saw 🙂

Apparently Taidesalonki is Finland’s oldest still functioning art gallery and this was an exhibition full of artwork from the hundred years its been running. It was originally founded by Leonard Bäcksbacka as Konstsalongen in 1915 Helsinki. In 1919 it got the additional name of Taidesalonki and the gallery dealt with modern art and antiquities. Leonards whole family were active working with the gallery and in 1976 a large part of their collection was donated to the city of Helsinki. Today, the gallery still shows contemporary art.

 

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I went to see the Rodin exhibition in Nationalmuseumet in Stockholm in November. Loved it! I wasn’t that super familiar with his sculptures before, no idea why. What I love about his work is the movement and feeling, it’s expressive and striking! Inspirational work and very unique. I also loved that there were little replica pieces of his on display, that you were allowed to touch, very special to feel the shapes! I also attended two workshops in the museum that used Rodin as inspiration, moulding human forms in clay and metal thread. Superfun!

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My watercolours of a glimpse of American Impressionism with a bit of Monet 🙂

Upstairs in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art there was this exhibition. And I really had no idea of what to expect, but I love impressionism so I was running there! And what a lovely surprise, as I entered room after room it was packed with beautiful paintings – and there were even a few Monets!!! Yess! Of course then I remembered when we were in Giverny over a year ago there was quite a lot of mention of American artists visiting Monet there in his village. So, they were influenced by him&his paintings and even painted with him and this exhibition was a great view of how artistic movements can spread. One of my favourites of Monet in the show is “Poplars on the River Epte”. Ah, Monet’s paintings are always wonderful. I have been wondering why I love his paintings so much and I think it is; colours. His choice of colours are the best (along with Vincent&Matisse of course 🙂 ). There is real real skill in that, he creates pictures that are beautiful and moving- in a rare, ususally calming&harmonious, way. There is something satisfying about his paintings, they are always a pleasure and joy for me to see.  There were also a few Berthe Morisot paintings and I also really like her work. Her “Woman and Child in Garden” is wonderful because it is delightful quick-looking brush strokes with a warm feeling. Mary Cassatt is also great! I really like that in her “Summertime”  the water is all kinds of colours and shades, including purple and orange.

Also what sticks in my mind is John Leslie Breck’s “Studies of an Autumn Day”. There were 12 (i think 12) paintings with the same haystacks but painted at different times of the day- it was really interesting how the subject stayed the same, but because of the changes in light and weather they looked completely different….Well, there you go, timing is everything! 🙂 Impressionism ❤ 

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There we are. My precious. My watercolours of a Picasso left and a Derain right.

I was looking for this gallery and so by chance I ended up in Modern TWO, the name should have been a clue there but I thought there was only one modern (apparently there’s TWO separate buildings…well, saving some for next time), but i think it was destiny because I LOVED it. Everything inside there was a definite thumbs up. There was the permanent collection with Picassos downstairs and the exhibition: “American Impressionism: A New Vision” upstairs. The permanent was free and photography friendly whilst the exhibition had a small fee and no photography allowed. I have never seen Picasso’s “Portrait of Lee Miller” before and it was enchanting! Colourful and charming! There were also beautiful pieces by Edouard Vuillard, Andre Derain and Henri Matisse. Matisse’s “The Painting Session” I have seen online before, but didn’t know it would be there, so it was a wonderful surprise. I love the composition of it and somehow it looks so easy breezy great. Derain’s “Collioure” is fantastic! The colours are super intense and I love the “blotchy” technique. Yes!! Vuillard has a few paintings there, but I think my favourite one of them there is “The Candlestick” or “Two Seamstresses in the Workroom”. The candlestick is quite a long painting and quite empty looking in one way, but very eye pleasing at the same time and in the seamstress painting I really like the different textiles/surfaces there, and as if it is only one little piece of a puzzle. I took lots of photographs there and realized Miro is growing on me. 

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My little watercolours of my favourite pieces 🙂

I adore Scotland ❤ We went to Edinburgh so one of the places I really wanted to go to was the Scottish National Gallery. It was quite a large space and filled with a huge variety of work, entry was free and photography allowed! Hurray! My absolute favourite room was (of course) the impressionist room at the top where there were a few Vincent van Goghs, a Monet, some Gauguins, a Cezanne etc. A beautiful room with walls painted an intense royal blue. It had an absolutely lovely painting by Vincent called “Olive Trees 1889”. I will never ever ever ever get enough of Vincent van Gogh. What I love are the visible brush strokes that create such movement and energy, and the bright colours. It is captivating for me and there is a sense of real freedom there. Burst of the moment! In the same room there was a Paul Cezanne “The Big Trees” and I really like how the colours are almost like a palette there, each in a different designated area. The frames of the paintings were AMAZING too!! Love the vintage intricate robust frames that give an extra air of oomph to the paintings inside.

 

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A postcard of Tove in her studio and my small sketches of Tove&Mumin (Moomin) dancing! Party on! 🙂

Left: More dancing Mumin&Tove. Right; Postcard of smiling Tove&her partner Tuulikki

Left: More dancing Mumin&Tove. Right; Postcard of smiling Tove&her partner Tuulikki

I LOVE Tove Jansson! 🙂 I was so happy that I was in Finland when this exhibition at Ateneum was held (Its still going on). I went to see it with my mom and it was HUGE! She had done so many things, completeley incredible! The space was full of her many paintings, sketches, drawings, comic strips, magazine illustrations, propps, puppets etc. She is most famous as the creator of The MOOMINS, or like we say in the original Finnish-Swedish; Mumin, mumintrollen. There was one video from that exhibition that stands out in my mind, she is in the countryside, dancing and laughing and jumping and coming down some big rocks, she looks so happy so I wanted to sketch that here with a Mumin joining her. 🙂 ❤