The historical and artistic foundations of the Gripenberg Collection of Contemporary Fine Art | An Art Museum in Helsinki
Isabella’s passion for art relies on solid roots going back to her childhood. The artistic predisposition runs in her veins through generations. Bertel Gripenberg – her grandfather- the famous poet who lived between two centuries fought a war and chanted the heroic deeds of mythological and archaic heroes, dissolute women, heroines, priests, biblical events…His fervidly burning imagination was a crucible of lyrics, stories, and poems taking shape like living beings thanks to his direct indefatigable inspiration relentlessly streaming from higher realms.
Bertel Gripenberg, an overwhelming Nordic Saga in Poetry
The Poet Bertel Gripenberg grew up in St. Petersburg framed in highlights in the images above
Bertel Gripenberg was born in St. Petersburg (Russia) in September 19th 1878 during the imperial rule of Tsar Alexander III father of Nicholas II, Russia’s last emperor. The poet’s parents were both high-ranking functionaries at the imperial court of the Tsar. In his thrilling and intense life full of adventurous and hazardous deeds one event stands out as particularly peculiar: Bertel helped his fellow author Maxim Gorky escape Russia in a horse-drawn sleigh fighting its way through the blast of the bone-chilling Siberian wind. Appointed 14 times for the Literature Nobel Prize nomination Bertel Gripenberg joined the Finnish Civil war leading to Finland’s Independence. Despite risking his life several times he died peacefully in his bed year 1947 in Sävsjö (Sweden). He left an overwhelming legacy consisting of vibrant poems all of them composed in the Swedish language.
Two photographs portraying Bertel Gripenberg on the left and his son Erwin on the right
Postal card from Swedish friends to the Poet Bertel Gripenberg – Stamped by Stockholm’s Postal service in November 1935
Isabella certainly seemed to have inherited many of the creative traits not only from Bertel but also from her father (Bertel’s son) Erwin Sebastian Gripenberg who started in post 2nd world war Sweden, the cultural Magazine “På Väg” (On the way), based on high ideals for humanity with pedagogic and spiritual guidelines inspired to the “Science of Spirit” principles. He and his wife Isa Margareta Von Troil Gripenberg were among the founders of Steiner school in Stockholm. The outstanding Finnish writer Anu Seppälä‘s ” Isa Gripenberg : aatelisnaisen tarina ” (The Story of a Noble Woman) – published in 1995 by Otava – portrays vividly her biography.
Alexandra Gripenberg: founder of women’s rights organization in Finland
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Bertel Gripenberg’s aunt Alexandra Gripenberg (1857-1913), was a pioneer and founder of the Finnish women’s right movement: the Suomen Naisyhdistys (Finnish Women’s Association), in Helsinki in 1884. She was born August 30th 1857 in Kurkijoki (Kronoborg) county in the South-West region of Finland. Elected conservator senator in the Parliament of Finland in 1906 with other 9 women. She died December 24th 1913 in Helsinki, after a life rich of political and cultural achievements.
Auringon Pojat or the Suns of Sun by Enrico Garff decorates a Public Service Center in Kamppi in Helsinki
The artwork was commissioned by the Municipality of the town in 2003 to the author of the monumental masterpiece composed of five oil on Canvas paintings. The Italian Painter enriches the Contemporary Art Collection of Baroness Isabella Gripenberg.
Sebastian Gripenberg a milestone in Finnish Architecture
The Finnish Literature Society building in Helsinki was designed by Sebastian Gripenberg in the photo above
The Archibishop’s residence in Turku (Åbo): architect Sebastian Gripenberg
Bertel Gripenberg’s elder brother Sebastian Gripenberg (1850-1925) devoted his genius to Architecture instead of Poetry. Among the most renowned constructions he designed, we can recall to our memory the Finnish Literature Society. built-in 1888 in Helsinki, framed in the image above. Sebastian Gripenberg was born on Mars 3rd in Kronoborg in the eastern region of Finland named Karelia bordering Russia. His academic background was rooted in studies performed under the supervision of Frans Anatolius Sjöström in Helsinki and Carl von Hasenauer in Vienna. He designed several buildings during the shift of the two centuries not only in Helsinki but also in Turku, Tampere, and Ekenäs: all in all the resourceful Architect planned and delivered over sixty architectural projects all over Finland.
Memories of Isa Gripenberg merged with Finland’s history all gathered in ‘A pathway of a noble woman’ book
Isabella’s mother with the symphonic composer Jean Sibelius on the cover of the book. The Finnish writer and journalist Anu Seppälä wrote the book after interviewing Isa.
A photographer captured some blissful moments of Isabella’s childhood in Stockholm.
The Baroness Isabella Diana Gripenberg
portrayed in front of the sea with a cloud semi-covering the sun. A portrait of his wife painted by the Contemporary Art Master Enrico Garff in 1978, Gothenburg Sweden. A memory from the Sorrento sea, Italy.
gala ball in here early teens.
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