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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…

View of the exhibition Kupka, Pioneer of abstraction at Grand Palais. Set design: Véronique Dollfus. © Rmn-Grand Palais / Photo: Didier Plowy
The Ateneum exhibitions in 2019 are František Kupka, Silent Beauty – Nordic and East-Asian Interaction, and Iconic Works

The Ateneum Art Museum’s 2019 exhibition programme is international. The exhibitions Urban Encounters – Finnish Art from the 20th Century and Not Vital, to open in October 2018, will run until 20 January 2019. A major international exhibition to open at the end of…

Ragnar Ekelund: Building Site, c. 1929. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Antell. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jukka Romu
Fantastico! is an introduction to the mysterious world of magic realism

From 10 May to 19 August 2018, the Ateneum art museum hosts the exhibition Fantastico! Italian Art from the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition explores an artistic movement known as magic realism, which emerged in Italy at the end of the First World War.…

Henry Ericsson: Fazerin baari, 1931. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen
Forthcoming at the Ateneum in autumn 2018: Urban Encounters and Not Vital

The main exhibition at the Ateneum Art Museum in winter 2018–2019 will be Urban Encounters – Finnish Art from the 20th Century. The diverse exhibition explores migration and urbanisation in Finland in the early decades of the 20th century – people’s lives and daily…