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B is for Sylvia Beach

B is for Sylvia Beach

At first, the calm and modest portrait of Sylvia Beach didn’t distinguish itself from tenths quirky yet fascinating illustrations of Maria Herreros. After reading Beach’s memoir and visiting the legendary Shakespeare and Company (The second bookstore, opened in 1951) together with Marika Maijala, I now see the portrait with different eyes. In the exhibition, it presents...

K is for Kiki de Montparnasse

K is for Kiki de Montparnasse

It is late Saturday evening, I am alone at home, reading about nude models in 1920s Paris. I am thinking about how the painters like Chagall still have name recognition nearly a century on, but most of the women who surrounded them – models and artists, many of who met rather unfortunate ends –...

O is for Orientalism

O is for Orientalism

When entering the back room through a small corridor, it is like stepping from the gallery’s public space into a private chamber. I have wanted to emphasize that feeling by showcasing all the works with water, plants and gardens in the first room. The Back Room is reserved for vibrant social life, bars, clubs, models...