The Magic North. Finnish and Norwegian Art Around 1900

Exhibition catalogue
Norwegian and English
236 pages
Price: NOK 249
ISBN 978-82-8154-099-6

Contributors: Marja Lahelma, Vibeke Waallann Hansen, Timo Huusko and Lin Stafne-Pfisterer.

A collaboration between the National Museum and the Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum Art Museum. The publication is linked to the exhibition with the same title and examines Finnish and Norwegian art in a time when myth, fairy tales, legends and national history were key themes. Articles view the two countries’ art in the context of European symbolism at the end of the 1800s, a period when Nordic art was seen as possessing a primordial force and timeless wisdom that fascinated the intellectual elite of the time. Key artists in Norway and Finland included Edvard Munch, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Gerhard Munthe, Hugo Simberg, Theodor Kittelsen and Pekka Halonen.