The exhibition Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg, hosted by the Tikanoja Art Museum in Vaasa, will explore the journey of Paul Gauguin’s Noa Noa woodcuts to Frithjof Tikanoja’s art collection through the story of the Finnish artist Ester Kumlin and her studies in Paris.
The exhibition will focus on the generation of Nordic artists present around 1894 in Paris in the circle of Paul Gauguin and August Strindberg. The impulse they received from these meetings will be recalled with paintings and decorative art preserved in museums and private collections. The exhibition will connect dots between artists such as Pekka Halonen, Väinö Blomstedt, Werner von Hausen, Olof Sager-Nelson, Magnus Enckell, Wilho Sjöström, Bruno Aspelin, Ester Kumlin and Fanny Låstbom. Their studies in Paris at the height of the symbolism movement turned into a life-changing experience.
Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg
2 June – 1 October 2017
Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa