Rembrandt at Retretti

I was very excited to learn that my favourite and a most unique art gallery has some exciting printmaking exhibitions this summer. “The Retretti Art Centre is one of the largest art centres in the Nordic region. Located in the heart of Finnish lakeland and in close proximity to the magnificent Punkaharju Ridge, Retretti is unique in that it has galleries both above and below ground. The subterranean galleries and concert hall, excavated during the 1980s to a depth of 30 metres, cover an area of 3 700 square metres.”

This summer’s exhibitions feature many printmakers. There are 65 printworks by the great master Rembrandt, paintings & printworks by Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920), who is said to have modelled himself after Rembrandt, and works by the best contemporary Estonian printmakers.

There’s an interesting review in the Helsingin Sanomat International online newspaper that I read regularly.

I am very disappointed to find only this small photo of part of the grotto gallery to show you what an exciting space this is. And, I’m disappointed not to be visiting that part of the world this summer!

Addendum 2012: So sad! The Retretti Art Centre closed in 2012. Above links to it are of course now dead.

June 4, 2004 in Art Exhibitions, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric by Marja-Leena