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Exhibition "In the World of Ancient Runes" opens on June 8 in the Museum of Fine Art of the RK

A.Stronk "Vainamoinen Plays Kantele"

A.Stronk "Vainamoinen Plays Kantele"

Exhibition "In the World of Ancient Runes" opens on June 8, 2005, at 4:00 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Art of the RK. It is a new view of the well known collection that will last for 100 days.

Mud Mechev "Vainamoinen Finds the Fire"

Mud Mechev "Vainamoinen Finds the Fire"

The Museum of Fine Art of the Republic of Karelia possesses a unique collection on the subject of Kalevala, the world famous epos of Karelian and Finnish peoples. The museum has started to collect products of book and easel graphics, paintings, scenography, arts and crafts devoted to Kalevala from first years of its existence, from the beginning of the 1960s years. Now the collection includes about 600 works of known masters: Alisa Poret and Mikhail Tsybasov (representatives of Russian avant guarde, Pavel Filonov's disciples), Valentina Kurdova, Nikolay Kochergin, Mud Mechev, Georgy Stronk, Tamara Yufa, Yury Lukshi, and others.

Boris Akbulatov "A Duel of Vainamoinen and the Master of Pohjola"

Boris Akbulatov "A Duel of Vainamoinen and the Master of Pohjola"

The Finnish poet, doctor,and scientists Elias Lönnrot is the author of the book of Kalevala. A great collecting and research work preceded its occurrence. Within the period since 1825 to 1845 Elias Lönnrot has made eleven trips to Finland and Karelia, has got acquainted with hundreds of rune-singers (narrators of folk tales) and has collected the richest folklore samples. The book of Kalevala had been created on the basis of runes.

In 1849 there was a full edition of the epos consisting of 50 runes, 22 795 verses had been released and gained the world recognition.

Tamara Yufa "Aino and Maidens of the Llake"

Tamara Yufa "Aino and Maidens of the Llake"

The plot of Kalevala covers a huge time slice from creation of the world before christianity. Everything appears for the first time: both heavenly bodies, and terrestrial globe. The ancient person lerans together with "growth" of the world: sows fields and builds a boat for the first time, brews beer and learns the structure of iron, creates a musical instrument - kantele, dreams of flight (and start on his journey the sky on a fur-tree), dreams of happiness and abundance (forges Sampo, a mill of happiness).

Tamara Yufa "The Bride of Pohjola"

Tamara Yufa "The Bride of Pohjola"

Since its release Kalevala attracts artists. Each of them find something in it: some prefer characters of its bogatyr heroes, some prefer runes of artful and gentle, loving and beautiful heroines of the epos, some bewitched with the antiquity, mythology and irreality of events.

Rich and various collection of our museum allows to create the most diversified exhibitions on Kalevala subjects.

The exhibition "In the World of Ancient Runes" reflects some basic themes of the epos. In the first hall spectators see the land of Karelia where Kalevala runes were born. Creation of the world of the duck eggs that had built a nest in the middle of wopen ater on the knee of the maiden of air Ilmatar is also included in the context of the exposition.

The second hall is devoted to creation of material benefits by bogatyr heroes and to their feats.

In the epos there are "own" and "other's" worlds: the country of good and creation of Kalevala and the country of cold and gloom Pohjola in which malicious Louhi the sorceress reigns. Protagonists of Kalevala: wise Väinämöinen the singer, Ilmarinen the smith and merry fellow Lemminkäinen go by turns to her beautiful daughters to ask in marriage (maidens of Kalevala is the theme of the exposition of the third hall).

The fourth hall reveals the antagonism and opposition of the two worlds: Kalevala and Pohjola, in each of which woman plays her special role. A theme of the woman as a home guardian presents there. Plots of some runes reflect the life of people of Kalevala during the period of matriarchy. The role of the woman in Kalevala is extremely great. It is not casual that the epos starts and ends with plots related to immaculate conception. This hall is devoted to images of loving, fighting for happiness and grieving mothers of Kalevala and Pohjola.

In the corridor book and compact graphic art are presented. The exposition also includes portraits narrators of folk tales Mikheyeva and Hämäläinen by sculptor Leo Lankinen.

Natalia and Valery Koshelev's design-project whose joint efforts created a bright visual image of the entire exhibition will feature the exhibition of this year. Besides works of famous masters, Valery Koshelev's paper art-objects on the subject of creation of the world, Sampo, a mill of happiness, etc. will be included in it.

Moreover, an interactive moment will present for the first time at the exhibition of the kind: spectators will be able to participate in creation of joint product - a panel of Kalevala village.

The exhibition will work till September 18.

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