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19.07.2020

Gallen-Kallela Museum, Helsinki

Gallen-Kallela Museum is a studio located in Tarvaspää, Espoo, created by the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela and built between 1911 and 1913. which now serves as a museum. The building is located on the northern bank of Laayalahti near Turunwail. The museum provides information and materials related to the art and influence of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, organizes changing exhibitions and presents art, life and contemporary art of Gallen-Kallela and its contemporaries.

Tarvaspää was opened to the public in 1961 as the Gallen-Kallela Museum. The museum fund was founded in 1958.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela designed the Tarvaspää Studio building as a working and exhibition space, which later became a museum. The studio space represents the Finnish national style, the tower in the architecture of the Central European castle and the loggia in Italian Renaissance architecture. Gallen-Kallela planned to paint the white walls of the building with frescoes, but he never fulfilled his plan. In Tarvaspäää's yard there is a wooden villa built in the 1850s, Villa Linudd, which was once the home of Gallen-Kallela, and now a cafe and restaurant. Tarvaspää was built on the land of the Alberg Manor.

The museum can be seen in Ken Russell's British spy film "The Brain for a billion dollars" (1967), which was filmed in Finland. The building shows the house of Leo Newbigen, the main character in the film.

On weekdays the inner suburban Helsinki bus line No. 33 runs from Munkkivuori through Munkkiniemi to Tarvo, where you can cross the city border along the bridge. On the Espoo side, the nearest Tarvaspääntie bus stop, just over a kilometre away, is used by lines 206 and 502. Thanks to the connection built in 2015, it is much easier to go from Helsinki to Tarvaspääntie.

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