The visitors travel from the Stone Age to the world of manor houses, early industry and the new wonders of technology. From a glassworker’s cottage to a bootlegger’s business, we move to a swiftly growing, modern Espoo saturated with consumer goods. The exhibition displays items and phenomena connected to the lives of very different people.
Espoo has more islands than Hawaii and the whole coastline is in the public’s free use. Nowadays the Waterfront Walkway and the archipelago are beloved recreational destinations and nature is thought by many to be the best thing about Espoo. For thousands of years the sea has provided a living for both coastal and island inhabitants. The Eyes on the Horizon exhibition tells about seaside Espoo from the perspective of changes faced in livelihoods, leisurely pursuits and in nature over the years. The maritime scenery leads visitors to explore marine themes and atmospheres. You can stop to study, play, dive and fish. On a route marked by navigation markers you can get acquainted with the stories and sea-related memories of the residents of the Kivenlahti neighborhood in Espoo.
Occultism and esoteric movements achieved unprecedented popularity in the late 19th century. Many artists were inspired by spiritualism, theosophy and the study of psychic phenomena, which came to be known later as parapsychology.
Clairvoyance became one of the most fascinating topics of the period. Many people believed that the sixth sense and the inner eye of the soul made it possible to perceive the more subtle levels of reality that would normally remain unseen. Artists began to portray themselves, their friends and the masters that they admired as extrasensory seers and psychics.
The exhibition focuses on art of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Along with Akseli Gallen-Kallela, it features Pekka Halonen, Hugo Simberg, Beda Stjernschantz, Ellen Thesleff, Sigrid af Forselles and Sigurd Wettenhovi-Aspa. Also on display are later works from the 20th century by Ester Helenius and Eemu Myntti, an contemporary artist Veli Granö among others.
The curator of the exhibition is Nina Kokkinen, a researcher of art and religion and the present exhibition is largely based on her published doctoral dissertation.