Musée d'Orsay: The North. An artistic, musical and literary myth

The North. An artistic, musical and literary myth

Akseli Gallen-KallelaSpring© Finnish National Gallery / Central Art Archives / Photo Hannu Aaltonen
Along with the Musée d'Orsay, and in collaboration with the Finnish Institute in Paris, the association The Birch and the Star. Finnish Perspectives on the long nineteenth-century is organising an international symposium on representations of the North in art. The visual arts, music and literature from the turn of the 19th century will be at the centre of this encounter. There will be an examination of how Naturalist and Symbolist artists, authors and composers created a mythical image of the North as an Arctic space of solitude, silence and melancholy; the symbols and myths used in the narrative of the North; how these images were received and interpreted in different cultural contexts.

Institut finlandais de Paris
30 - 31 March 2012

Musée d'Orsay Auditorium / Finnish Institute in Paris

Free admission subject to availability, no reservations

No simultaneous translation

Definitions of a Nordic Identity

Chaired by: Marja Sakari

  • 10am: National Aesthetics
    by Anne-Marie Thiesse, CNRS/ENS Ulm
  • 10.40am: Uses of the Finnish Landscape in the Globalisation of Art: from the Origins of Identity to the Paradigms of Modernity
    by Fabienne Chevallier, Musée d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie
  • 11am: Break. Screening of the documentary Le Golfe de Finlande, 7mins., 1918, Archives CNC, Paris
  • 11.20am: Critical Reception of the Finnish Exhibition at the 1908 Salon d'Automne in Paris
    by Laura Gutman-Hanhivaara, Iclea
  • 11.40am: The Vigorous, Virgin North. Gallen-Kallela and the Nordic Painters at the Venice Biennale and in the pages of Emporium
    by Stella Bottai, independent researcher, Rome
  • 12 noon: Discussion and break
Fri 30 March 2012 - 10h00
Musée d'Orsay

Auditorium, level -2

Primitivism: Archaism and Myth

Chaired by: Riikka Stewen

  • 2.30pm: The Primitive in the Finnish National Collective Imagination
    by Riikka Rossi, University of Helsinki
  • 2.50pm: Art, Nation and the Myth of the Scandinavian Wilderness: Two Views North from 1880s Paris
    by Juliet Simpson, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Buckinghamshire New University
  • 3.10pm: Break
  • 3.30pm: The Myth of the North and the Cultural Exchange between Scandinavia and Fin-de-Siècle Central Europe: Stanislaw Przybyzewski, Edvard Munch, Gustav Vigeland
    by Lidia Gluchowska, University of Oslo and University of Zielona Góra, Poland
  • 3.50pm: Discussion
  • 7.30pm: Kantele concert, a traditional Finnish musical instrument
    with Eija Kankaanranta, kantele and Maria Puusaari, violin

60 mins, no interval

Fri 30 March 2012 - 14h30
Musée d'Orsay

Auditorium, level -2

Landscapes and Figures of Melancholy

Session at the Finnish Institute

Chaired by: Riikka Rossi

  • 10am: The Swan on the River of Death: Nordic melancholy and Symbolism
    by Pirjo Lyytikäinen, University of Helsinki
  • 10.40am: Sigbjørn Obstfelder and "Nordic Melancholy"
    by Guri Barstadt, University of Tromsø
  • 11am: Break
  • 11.20am: Glaciers and polar landscapes in 19th century opera and literature as a metaphor for the "end" of human civilization
    by Maria Birbili, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
  • 11.40am: A Snowy Forest in the Mist. Helene Schjerfbeck, Ellen Thesleff and the Symbolist Reception of Fra Angelico
    by Martin Sundberg, University of Basel
  • 12 noon: Discussion
Sat 31 March 2012 - 10h00

Finnish Institute

Nordic Aesthetics. Case studies

Session at the Finnish Institute

Chaired by: Fabienne Chevallier

  • 2.30pm: The Rapids at Mäntykoski (1893). Akseli Gallen-Kallela between Nordic Horizontality and Symbolist Verticalism
    by Tomi Mäkelä, Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Musik
  • 2.50pm: Sibelius Reception in Britain, 1901-1939: Centre and Periphery in the Musical Construction of the North
    by Philipp Bullock, Wadham College, Oxford University
  • 3.10pm: Break
  • 3.30pm: Return of the Swan in Juhani Aho's Priest's Wife
    by Jyrki Nummi, University of Helsinki
  • 3.50pm: The North imagined by William Morris: "the infinite melody of the northern line"
    by Florence Alibert-Barascud, Clermont University Library and University of Paris Sorbonne
  • 4.10pm: 'Under Northern Sky': George Egerton and Women's Sexual Freedom
    by Stefano Evangelista, Trinity College, Oxford University
  • 4.30pm: Discussion
  • 5pm: Symposium closes
Sat 31 March 2012 - 14h30

Finnish Institute

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