Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Exhibition on Alexander I in Turku

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Peace of Fredrikshamn in 1809 when Sweden lost Finland to Russia following the disastrous war of 1808-1809. To mark the anniversary the Castle in Finland’s former capital Turku (Åbo in Swedish) has an exhibition on Emperor Alexander I of Russia, who became Grand Duke of Finland in 1809.
The exhibition is called “Aleksanteri I – Hurmuri ja hallitsija” (“Alexander I – Charmör och kejsare” in Swedish) and lasts until 4 October this year. To accompany the exhibition there is a catalogue edited by Marita Söderström with texts in Finnish, Swedish and Russian.
The pictures show Turku Castle and a detail of one of many replicas of François Gérard’s portrait of Alexander I. This copy used to hang in the Supreme Court in Helsinki and is now in the National Museum of Finland.
(The National Museum of Finland’s grand exhibition on the events of 1809 closed last Sunday, but will open at the Royal Armoury in Stockholm in June.)
Some information on Turku Castle's website:

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