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A new book on Hugo Simberg in the Artists of the Ateneum book series

The second book in the Artists of the Ateneum series focuses on Hugo Simberg (1873–1917). The book is written by the art historian Marja Lahelma, PhD. The richly illustrated book sheds new light on the life of this fascinating artist. The book will be…

A major exhibition of works by the von Wright brothers at the Ateneum in October

From 27 October 2017 to 25 February 2018, the Ateneum Art Museum will host the exhibition The von Wright Brothers. The artist brothers Magnus, Wilhelm and Ferdinand von Wright, who lived during the period of the Grand Duchy of Finland, are known as painters…

The Ateneum acquires Heikki W. Virolainen’s Ilman impi for its collection

The Ateneum Art Museum has acquired eight new sculptures for its collection during spring 2017. Of the works acquired, the sculptor Heikki W. Virolainen's (1936–2004) three-metre wooden sculpture Ilman impi (Virgin Daughter of the Ether) (1970) will, from now on, be on permanent display as…

Alvar Aalto’s organic design idiom developed in interaction with contemporary visual artists

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is the most internationally famous Finnish architect and designer. Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form will open up new perspectives into Aalto's life and work. The comprehensive exhibition will illustrate how Aalto's thinking and design idiom developed in interaction…

Contemporary artist Petri Ala-Maunus’ work to replace Under the Yoke at the Ateneum

Fells after the Fall (2017), a painting by the artist Petri Ala-Maunus (born 1970), will be featured as part of the Ateneum Art Museum's Stories of Finnish Art collection exhibition, from 25 April to 17 December 2017. The painting will be on display in…

The Ateneum to produce 13 short films featuring classic works in the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition

The Ateneum Art Museum announces the first short films featuring some of the key works in the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition. The first films in the series present familiar classics. Two of these, namely Helene Schjerfbeck's The Convalescent (1888) and Eero Järnefelt's Under…

Lennart Segerstråle’s political works on display at the Ateneum for one month

In November 2016, the heirs of the painter and graphic artist Lennart Segerstråle (1892–1975) donated 18 paintings and 24 prints by Segerstråle to the Ateneum Art Museum, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery. Now, a couple of months after the donation, six…

Tuulikki Pietilä donated her entire body of work to the Ateneum – an exhibition of the graphic artist to open 28 February

Tuulikki Pietilä (1917–2009) is one of the key Finnish graphic artists of the post-war period. Opening on Kalevala Day, the exhibition will fill three halls at the Ateneum, presenting an overview of the artist's work, in honour of the centenary of her birth. The…

The Tuomo Seppo Collection is an exceptional selection of works – the exhibition opens on 28 February

The Kajaani-based French and English teacher Tuomo Seppo (born 1937) has dedicated his entire life to collecting Finnish art. Seppo has decided to donate his collection of almost 2,000 works to the Ateneum Art Museum, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery. The…

The Finnish National Gallery to release images of The Convalescent and Under the Yoke into the public domain

Two of the most famous Finnish paintings, Helene Schjerfbeck's The Convalescent (1888) and Eero Järnefelt's Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893), will be taken out of the Ateneum to go on tour to other Finnish art museums, starting on 14 February. The tour…

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