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5 October 2011-29 January 2012 / Ilya Repin and his Renowned Pupils
From the collections of the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg
Ilya Repin (1844-1930) is a beloved artist among Finns, since he used to live in a country estate in Kuokkala on the Karelian Isthmus close to Finland from 1903 until his death. During these years, he painted both Finnish landscapes and portraits of the representatives of Finnish cultural life. However, he had established his position as a prominent artist as early as the late 1800s as a pupil and teacher at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg.
Ilya Repin taught at the Imperial Academy of Arts from 1893 to 1907. During these years, his studio provided instruction for many artists who later made a permanent impact on Russian art. Repin's significance was not based solely on the professional skills he passed on, but above all on his ability to inspire his students and to see the emerging artist's personality even through their imperfect sketches.
7.5.2010-15.1.2012 / Port in Transition 1800-2010
|Oulu (1800-1860), Liverpool (1860-1930), Kotka (1950-1970), Helsinki (2010). Four ports from four eras. Each one represents a period in the history of seafaring over the last 200 years. They have much to tell us about trade and shipping as well as the history of internationalisation, technology, the global economy and the environment.
In the early 19th century, Oulu was a busy port for sailing ships. Its main exports were tar and timber. It was an important point of contact for trade and information between northern and eastern Finland and the rest of the world. Ships from Oulu could be seen all over the world.
Liverpool was one of the world's largest ports in the 19th century. Raw materials and consumer goods passed through the city on their way to Europe's developing markets. Liverpool's main 'exports' were the migrants setting out for America and tourists in search of luxury. Liverpool was also a place that was familiar to thousands of Finnish seamen and migrants.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Kotka was one of Finland's biggest ports of export. It witnessed the final days of manual stevedoring, as cranes and mechanisation quickly took over. Manual loading and unloading was a slow process and took a lot of manpower - and that included both men and women. The ships and their crews would spend several days in the port, and they left their mark on the city.
Helsinki's Vuosaari Harbour became Finland's main port for foreign trade in 2008. It exports Finnish industrial products around the world and imports domestic appliances and food for all of us. However, the ordinary inhabitants of the city know little about their modern-day port as the harbour and docks are closed to outsiders.
Port activity has always been reflected in the natural and urban environment. There has been a dramatic increase in traffic at ports in the past 200 years. It has become a lot faster to get from one place to another and ships have grown to a phenomenal size. The use of containers in shipping has revolutionised the global economy perhaps just as much as the internet. Ports have an indirect effect on all our lives, every day of the year.
The exhibition is produced by the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Museum of Kymenlaakso.
|The exhibition on the various roles of animals in seafaring is especially intended for children.
At least up until the mid-20th century, almost every ship had a pet, most commonly a cat or a dog. The pets were important to the sailors, because you could show your affection to the animals, and they provided company on the long voyages. The animals also had duties on board: cats caught rats, and dogs kept watch at port.
Animals were also brought as presents from far-away countries; monkeys and snakes were smuggled to Finland. Some animals, such as pigs, hen and sheep, were kept on board and slaughtered to provide fresh food for the sailors.
Many of the animals that travel on board nowadays are unwanted stowaways. Ships carry ballast water for example to stabilise the vessel, and some 5 thousand million tonnes of water is carried from one place to another each year. The ballast water contains thousands of individual plankton animals, which - being alien species - pose a serious threat to the environment. About half of the alien species in the Baltic Sea originate from the ballast waters of ships. The exhibition focuses on the alien species from the viewpoint of the research vessel Aranda.
In the exhibition, you can hear a parrot talk, see a giant rat and a water flea, and visit the cargo hold of a steam ship and the galley of a sailing vessel. There are also functional tasks for children. The topics of the exhibition are covered in children's magazine Sieppo by the Nature League of Finland. The magazine in Finnish is available in the exhibition.
The exhibition is implemented together with the Finnish Museum of Natural History, to where the exhibition will move from Maritime Centre Vellamo.
|Jacopo Brancati (born in 1966) is a professional photographer and journalist who has lived and worked in France since 1992. Exhibition "Winter Voyage to Finland" is the result of a patient, passionate work on the Finnish maritime world that Jacopo Brancati started over three years ago. Brancati focuses his attention on the work and the universe so particular of the maritime pilots, and on the navigation in the frozen sea.
The exhibition consists of sixty black and white photographs and develops through four steps. In the first three sections we follow the author's exploration of different geographical areas: the Gulf of Finland, the Archipelago Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. The fourth and last section, "Memories", is a touching, respectful homage to the traditions and to the intimate world of Finnish seafaring people.
|This awe-inspiring exhibition delves deep, revealing unseen landscapes hidden beneath the Archipelago Sea. The images offer a rare glimpse of a world into which countless boaters plunge their anchors in summer, but few have seen with their own eyes. The photographs were taken during the months from August-October in the years 2003-2006. Finland's coastal waters are typically considered cold, murky and desolate. To the untrained diver the Finnish coast can all too often appear devoid of life, offering only overgrown algae and the most common fish
species seen on ice at any fish market. But the truth is that beneath the waves thrives a diverse ecosystem of hundreds of species of algae, invertebrates and fish, in which all of the major oceanic species groups are represented - sometimes in breathtaking shoals several thousands strong. The archipelago swarms with life and is one of our richest and most vibrant national landscapes.
For all its abundance, the Archipelago Sea is also mysterious. Regrettably, the sea only offers brief time periods when underwater visibility is good enough to capture its true nature and diverse landscapes on film.