An exhibition is being mounted at Järvenpää Art Museum focusing on Elisabeth Järnefelt (1839–1929), ‘the mother of Finnish art and culture’, and Jean Sibelius’s mother-in-law.
Born in St Petersburg, Elisabeth married August Alexander Järnefelt in 1857 and settled with him in Helsinki. Among their children were the writer Arvid, the painter Erik and the conductor and composer Armas. Their daughter Aino married Jean Sibelius. Elisabeth Järnefelt was also a good friend of the writer Juhani Aho. Elisabeth Järnefelt became a central figure in Finnish culture, hosting a salon in Helsinki, centred around Nordic, Finnish and Russian literature but also discussing politics, religion and equality. She promoted the Finnish language and was a follower of the Tolstoyan movement.
The exhibition runs for most of Finland’s centenary year, from 11 February until 1 October 2017. On display are works of art, photographs and other artefacts relating to the fascinating story of Elisabeth Järnefelt’s life; there will also be video presentations.
During the exhibition’s run there will be a number of additional lectures and presentations on various topics.
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Opening times: February–April: Weds–Sun 10am–5pm
May–September: Tues–Sun 11am–6pm
Entrance: €7/6/4 or with Museum Card
Järvenpää Art Museum is organizing the first ever exhibition about Jean Sibelius’s wife, Aino Sibelius. The exhibition runs from 1st March to 4th October 2015.
This unique exhibition tells the story of Aino Sibelius and highlights her significance for the art of Jean Sibelius. The exhibition displays personal items that belonged to Aino (most of them never revealed before), some of Aino’s handcrafts and interior designs, photographs, art and audiovisual material.
The exhibition brings out the meaning of family and home as an inspiration and support for artistic work. The role of women in taking care of everyday tasks was significant in the artist community of Lake Tuusula.
The music of Sibelius and his peaceful working environment meant everything to Aino. There was strength, incorruptibility and idealism in her character. ‘Write symphonies!’ she encouraged Sibelius even amid financial troubles. The garden was a great refreshment and a subject for constant care for Aino Sibelius. The garden’s floral splendour was a delight for her, its vegetables were food for the family, and her apples won awards.
More information about Aino Sibelius (© Järvenpää Art Museum): click here.
Järvenpää Art Museum, Kirjastokatu 8, FIN-04400 Järvenpää, Finland
March-April: Wed-Sun 10–17
May-October: Tue-Sun 11–18
Adults €6 / OAPs €5 / Children, students, unemployed €2
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