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Expedition 1824

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13, 00100 Helsinki
Natural History Museum

Expedition 1824 – Journey to the Lost Island

Expedition 1824 – Journey to the Lost Island

In collaboration with Luomus and the Helinä Rautavaara Museum, sculptor-biologist Ville Heimala has curated an exhibition that forms a dialogue between science and art.

The first part of the exhibition introduces you to authentic natural and ethnological museum specimens. These items offer glimpses into the nature and cultures of the Polynesian and Papua New Guinean regions in particular. 

On the other hand, the art exhibition presents the artist’s personal interpretation of the evolutionary processes of both nature and culture. This is expressed through an expedition to a fictional Pacific island in 1824.  The material collected during this expedition is fragmentary and poorly documented. The island later disappeared without a trace. 

What was the nature of the island like? What was the island's culture like? What happened to the island - or did it ever exist at all?

Natural History Museum, PopUp Balcony 19.6.-29.9.2024