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announcing the expo
From September 2010 until January 2011 the Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland, had an exposition about outsider art, which was organised because in 2010 it was 175 years ago the Kalevala, the famous Finnish epic of folk poetry, was first published.
The exposition looked at the way contemporary Finnish outsider and folk artists interpret the Kalevala,
The exposition introduces some twenty folk artists, among whom a number who have been or are active in making art environments, like Martti Hömppi, Alpo Koivumäki, Johannes Setäla, Veijo Rönkkönen and Tapio Autio.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) was a Finnish painter who as no other has reproduced the stories of the poems of the Kalevala into paintings, in this way making a great contribution to the development of Finnish national identity. The house where he lived, in the Helsinki area, is now the Gallen-Kallela Museum.
The Finnish self-taught artists who produce ITE-art (ITE = itse tehty elämä, self made life), unlike Gallen-Kallela didn't focus upon representing the stories of the Kalevala as such. The relation is, that in general their creations depart from the mood that is characteristic of the epic. So the theme of the exhibition is that the poems act as a mindscape.
The exhibition was curated by Tuula Karjalainen, and the catalog was edited by Minna Haveri and Ulla Piela (Kalevala Society).
first published september 2010, last revised may 2014
ITE - Kalevalainen mielenmaisemal
Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, 02600 Espoo Finland