Press releases

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…

Adel Abidin: Arkisto, 2018. Taiteilijan omistuksessa. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jenni Nurminen
Adel Abidin’s exhibition deals with the painful aspects of our history

From 14 March to 22 April 2018, the Ateneum Art Museum will host History Wipes, an exhibition by the contemporary artist Adel Abidin (born 1973, Baghdad, Iraq). The exhibition will present video installations and sculptures by the internationally recognised artist. Some of these works…

Ateneum’s three short films shown at the 36th International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal

Ateneum Art Museum, part of Finnish National Gallery, has recently produced 13 short films of the most beloved artworks in the National Gallery’s collection. Three of the films will be shown at the 36th International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal, Canada on…

Joseph Alanen: Lemminkäinen ja karjapaimen, 1919–1920. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo, kok. Wartiovaara os. Alanen. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jenni Nurminen
Joseph Alanen’s Kalevala-themed works donated to the Ateneum

The Ateneum Art Museum, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery, has received three Kalevala-themed tempera paintings by Joseph Alanen (1885–1920) for its collection, from a private donor. Before this donation, the Finnish National Gallery’s collection only included one work by Alanen. The…