Dreams and Reality
– 100 years of Visual Art in Hyvinkää
17th Feb – 28th May 2017
Helene Schjerfbeck, Annuli Reading, 1923, oil on canvas, atteched on hardboard,
Nanny and Yrjö Kaunistos Collection, Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum Art Museum.
Picture: Finnish National Gallery/Hannu Aaltonen.
Finland and Hyvinkää turn 100 in 2017. The Dreams and Reality exhibition gathers together artists who have worked in Hyvinkää during the last hundred years. The most famous artists from Hyvinkää have been Helene Schjerfbeck, Tyko Sallinen, Jalmari Ruokokoski, Yrjö Saarinen and Terho Sakki. The exhibition is linked thematically to the history of Finnish art and its phenomena.
Hyvinkää has already been known for its artists for 115 years as Helene Schjerfbeck settled in town at the beginning of June 1902. Fifteen years later, Tyko Sallinen and Jalmari Ruokokoski moved to Hyvinkäänkylä to their new atelier houses, Humala and Krapula (Drunkenness and Hangover). During the next hundred years, dozens of professional artists have settled down in Hyvinkää.
Why did Hyvinkää attract artists? The most important factor has been the fact that Helsinki is nearby; the trip from the capital to Hyvinkää took an hour by train and vice versa. You could get to Helsinki quickly to see exhibitions, buy supplies and meet friends and colleagues. Life was also cheaper in Hyvinkää than in the capital. Helene Schjerfbeck liked the pine-scented air, and found the peace she was looking for. As an artist she was looking for a new approach when she moved to Hyvinkää, and it was here that she discovered her new modernist style. Later the same factors have played a part in artists settling in town; an affordable apartment and atelier in addition to the lively and active artist community that was born after the war.
The exhibition is part of Finland's centenary celebration.