In the exhibition Before the horizon was broken the Groninger Museum displays video installations and paintings by the Finnish contemporary artist Osmo Rauhala. His work is in some aspects related to that currently shown in the exhibition Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The Spirit of Finland, which displays the work of the nineteenth-century Finnish artist.
Rauhala researches certain recurring patterns in nature as the building blocks, the alphabet, of the world. He recognizes such patterns in deer antlers, lightning, and the course of rivers. Rauhala noticed that in addition to these patterns, there are abstract figures, such as the oval and the spiral, which recur in all aspects of life, from DNA to the Milky Way. He makes use of philosophical, theoretical and scientific ideas that are based on direct observations of the nature around him.
In Rauhala's work, elements from the old Finnish epic The Kalevala are effortlessly converted to stories with modern relevance. Here, Osmo Rauhala has clearly been inspired by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and his interest in The Kalevala. As such, the work of the artist is an ideal present-day addition to the exhibition Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The Spirit of Finland, which will be on show in the Groninger Museum until 15 April 2007.