Artist’s Coat

Ateneum presents classics of Finnish art with a twist

The Ateneum Art Museum has opened a new collection exhibition entitled Stories of Finnish Art. In honour of the classics of Finnish art, the Ateneum has organised a competition entitled “Artist’s Coat”, with four internationally successful Finnish designers offering their unique designs of an artist’s coat, as inspired by the art collection. The designers are the graffiti artist Egs, the designer Harri Koskinen, the visual artist Anna Tuori, and the fashion designer Sophie Sälekari. The Samuji brand’s white Iman coat acts as the ‘canvas’ for the artist’s coat designs.

The designers in the competition have been inspired by the Ateneum’s collections, and they have drawn on specific works or themes to offer their interpretations. Each contestant has conceived their own coat design. These artist’s coats are unique works of art.

On the competition’s Finnish website, the public could vote for their favourite coat design. The winner of the public vote, the Ateneum’s Artist’s Coat, is the coat by Fashion Designer Sophie Sälekari. The design that received the highest number of votes was raffled off among the people who voted. The winner of Sophie Sälekari’s coat has been informed.

The Artist’s Coat competition was conceived in cooperation with ARMI Creatives and Superson.

The Designers

Graffiti Artist


EGS is the most internationally famous Finnish graffiti artist. His career began during the latter part of the 1980s, drawing inspiration from the first wave of Finnish graffiti.

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Harri Koskinen

Harri Koskinen is an industrial designer who has won a number of awards both in Finland and abroad. He has worked for internationally renowned clients such as Alessi, Genelec, Iittala, and Issey Miyake.

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Fashion Designer

Sophie Sälekari

Sophie Sälekari is a womenswear and textile designer whose collections have been recognised in several fashion competitions around the world. In September 2015, the Italian Vogue named Sophie as one of the designers for the new era. Sophie Sälekari’s design is the winner of the Artist’s Coat competition.

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Visual Artist

Anna Tuori

Anna Tuori is a Helsinki-based award-winning visual artist. Her paintings have been exhibited at, for example, the Biennale of Sydney, the Stadtgalerie Kiel, the Galerie Anhava, the Turku Art Museum, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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