Press releases

František Kupka’s colourful exhibition to open the spring season at the Ateneum

  From 22 February to 19 May 2019, the Ateneum Art Museum will present an exhibition of works by the Czech artist František Kupka (1871–1957). Kupka’s art has been described as “modern poetry of colour”. This major international exhibition will feature Kupka’s most important…

Anitra Lucander: Kuninkaitten kumarrus, 1955. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo, Ateneumin ystävien kokoelma. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria
The Friends of the Ateneum 100 years – a celebratory exhibition in the autumn of 2019

The Friends of the Ateneum, which is Finland’s oldest and largest museum friends association, was founded in 1919 to support the Ateneum Art Museum. In honour of the association’s centenary, the Ateneum will, from 15 August to 6 October 2019, host the exhibition One…

The Ateneum exhibition The Modern Woman to travel to Japan

Produced by the Ateneum Art Museum, the exhibition The Modern Woman will be presented at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan, from 17 June to 23 September 2019. The exhibition will celebrate one hundred years of diplomatic relations between Finland and…

František Kupka’s major international exhibition at the Ateneum starting in February

From 22 February to 19 May 2019, the Ateneum Art Museum will present an exhibition of works by František Kupka (1871–1957), the Czech pioneer of abstract art. Kupka’s art has been described as “modern poetry of colour”. This major international exhibition will feature Kupka’s…

Henry Ericsson: Fazerin baari, 1931. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen
The exhibition Urban Encounters to present urban life in 20th-century Finland

The Ateneum Art Museum exhibition Urban Encounters – Finnish Art from the 20th Century will open on 19 October 2018, and will run until 20 January 2019. How did urbanisation influence the Finnish way of life – and how did this show in visual…

Not Vital: Gu Cheng, 2010. Photo: Eric Gregory Powell.
Paintings by Swiss artist Not Vital invite viewers to look slowly

From 19 October 2018 to 20 January 2019, one of the exhibition galleries at the Ateneum Art Museum will host an exhibition of works by the Swiss artist Not Vital (born 1948). The artist, whose career started in the 1960s, is best known for…

Marja Sakari, PhD, appointed as Ateneum’s Museum Director

Sakari moves to her new role from her current position as Chief Curator of exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. She will start work on 3 December 2018. The Board of Directors of the Finnish National Gallery used both a public recruitment…

A new book to present Akseli Gallen-Kallela as an influential European artist

A new book on Akseli Gallen-Kallela will be published in the Artists of the Ateneum book series. The book is written by the art historian Marja Lahelma, PhD. The richly illustrated book places Gallen-Kallela’s art in the European context and presents the artist’s fascinating life. The…

A survey of Helene Schjerfbeck’s career to open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2019

The survey is organised by the Royal Academy of Arts in London in collaboration with the Ateneum Art Museum, part of the Finnish National Gallery. It is curated by Jeremy Lewison, Independent Curator and formerly Director of Collections at Tate; Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Chief…

Portrait of President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, 2017. Finnish state. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen
Portrait of President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö on display in Ateneum Art Museum

The portrait of President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö will be placed on display in Ateneum Art Museum on Tuesday 5 June. It will be on exhibition to the public until 2 September, after which it will be returned to the Presidential Room in…