TRAVEL ART FINNISH NATIONAL GALLERY, CENTRAL ART ARCHIVES / JENNI NURMINEN COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY EEVA PUHAKAINEN MOVING PICTURES THE DESIGN IN HELSINKI FILMS exhibition is a pleasure, even for those who don't understand Finnish. Celebrating the golden era of Finnish cinema, the show is part of Helsinki's World Design Capital year programme. Film clips show how the cityscape has changed since the 1930s. The exhibition is on at the Helsinki City Museum (Sofiankatu 4), located in a whimsical Art Nouveau building between the Market Square and the Lutheran Cathedral. English guidance by prior arrangement. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Thu till 7pm, weekends 11am-5pm. Free admission. WWW.HEL.FI/HKI/MUSEO/EN/ ETUSIVU ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE APRIL IN HELSINKI OFFERS CULTURE HOUNDS A VARIETY OF EXHIBITIONS FOCUSING ON THE WORLDS OF DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE AND THE HOME. THE ATENEUM Art Museum's exhibition Carl Larsson In Search of the Good Life is three shows in one. The depictions of home and family by Swedish artist Carl Larsson (1853-1919) are familiar to many from postcards and books. His idyllic watercolours usher us into a rural world of a century or more ago, full of playing children and flowering gardens. Meanwhile At Home, an installation by Moscowborn artist Alexander Reichstein, offers children a place to play and adults a spot to rest amid Larsson's paintings and furniture from his home. You can step into Larsson's world as his small watercolours blossom into 3D room-sized reconstructions. Period toys, puzzles, clothes even a rowing boat are all here to clamber on and try out. For a contrasting view of modern Nordic homes, check out photographer Elina Brotherus's exhibition, Family Picture. What is a Finnish family today? The show brings you into the homes of a variety of families, including those led by single parents and same-sex couples. Open through April 29 (Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Thu till 8pm, weekends 11am-5pm). ATENEUM.FI FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION THE FANTASY-FILLED works of Finnish graphic artist Outi Heiskanen are on display at her 75th birthday exhibition at the intimate Didrichsen Art Museum. The building itself, which is the former home of an art-collecting family in western Helsinki, is well worth seeing. It was designed in the late '50s by architect Viljo Revell, who is known for his Toronto City Hall (1966). The villa contains the Nordic region's largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures. The exhibit runs to mid-August. DIDRICHSENMUSEUM.FI + ARTISTIC EATS KAPPELI RESTAURANT and Ateneum Art Museum are offering a Carl Larsson menu through April 29. The 34-euro set menu includes smoked salmon with creamy boletus mushroom stew and Kappeli's Gâteau for dessert, and admission to the exhibitions (a 12-euro value). Kappeli, located in Esplanade Park just a few minutes' walk from the museum, was built in 1867 and restored last year making it a work of art in itself. KAPPELI.FI A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE of paintings by Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) at the nearby Villa Gyllenberg gallery runs to May 20. GYLLENBERGS.FI + ENG 16 BLUE WINGS APRIL 2012
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