Scan Magazine, Issue 80, September 2015

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Artist Anna-Liisa Kankaanmäki is one of the prominent Finnish talents represented by Art Bank.

Surrealism captivates visitors in the Finnish archipelago What is the connection between Salvador Dalí and the Finnish archipelago? The answer is Art Bank, a one-of-a-kind fine art gallery located in Pargas, the capital of the Finnish archipelago. Here, visitors get to experience the intricate, mysterious world of Dalí.

itself for him to share his passion for Dalí, he did not hesitate and in February 2014, Art Bank greeted its first visitors. Embracing the different and unexpected

confirms Ted Wallin, art collector and owner of Art Bank. “The most common reaction amongst visitors is: ‘What did we just witness?’ Our unusual location is the number one topic of discussion, together with the surprise our surreal and unexpected world evokes.”

The Salvador Dalí Private Exhibition is the outcome of Wallin’s continuous search for captivating Dalí pieces. On display in the exhibition are stunning ceramics and sculptures, as well as lithography and textiles. In addition, Art Bank is the sole distributor of Salvador Dalí furniture in Scandinavia and Russia. But what is it about Dalí that makes him and his art so fascinating?

Wallin, a true art enthusiast and collector of 30 years and counting, is the creator behind Art Bank, which he runs together with his wife. Wallin has been an avid fan of Dalí’s surrealistic vision for over two decades. When an opportunity presented

“Dalí, with his surrealistic point of view, was the one artist in the world who emphasised that the world is not always what it seems to be, that there is more to it than meets the eye. The gallery is my way of showing appreciation for his work and

By Nina Lindqvist | Photos: Art Bank

The Finnish town of Pargas, situated in the Archipelago Sea, is the epitome of Nordic nature, a serene place where some of Finland’s most beautiful and idyllic scenery can be found. Providing some fantasy and surrealism to the mix is the fine art gallery Art Bank, which hosts the only permanent exhibition of artwork by world-renowned Spanish painter Salvador Dalí in the Nordic countries, as well as other celebrated names. No, you are not the only one to be surprised by the unexpected combination,

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