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Italian prints and Finnish female sculptors at an Ateneum exhibition

A small-scale exhibition on the third floor of the Ateneum Art Museum, to be held from 10 June to 2 October, will feature Italian prints and works by Finnish female sculptors. The prints are part of the extensive Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection of…

The bold portrait painter Alice Neel was decades ahead of her time

Alice Neel (1900–1984) was one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century. Her psychologically charged portraits tell intimate and unconventional stories, as much about people living on the margins of society and in subcultures as about the New York cultural elite…

The world-famous Modigliani is known particularly for his sensuous paintings of women

A retrospective exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) will be on display at the Ateneum, starting from 28 October 2016. Modigliani, who died on the verge of fame at the early age of 35, is one of the most…

Summer at Ateneum opens with Alice Neel’s masterful and candid portraits

Alice Neel – Painter of Modern Life 10 June 2016–2 October 2016 For the first time in Finland, Ateneum is hosting a retrospective of the American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984). Neel was an inimitable force and one of the foremost figurative painters of the…

Helene Schjerfbeck’s Self-portrait 1912 is Ateneum’s major acquisition of the year

Ateneum Art Museum, which forms part of the Finnish National Gallery, has acquired artist Helene Schjerfbeck’s Self-Portait from 1912 for its collections. Schjerfbeck painted this forcefully expressive self-portrait the same year she turned 50. The work has now been acquired for Ateneum with funding…

A touch screen display of Schjerfbeck works forms part of Stories of Finnish Art

Ateneum’s new collection display, Stories of Finnish Art, will open on the museum’s second floor on 18 March 2016. The exhibition presents well-known beloved classics alongside seldom exhibited works of art – it is an exhibition of classics with a twist. A multimedia presentation…

New themed guided tours for school groups at the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition

Whose and what kind of Finnishness does art portray? What was controversial contemporary art a hundred years ago? What are the different ways in which international trends are reflected in Finnish art? Ateneum’s new collection exhibition, Stories of Finnish Art, tell the story of…

Ateneum’s rich and colourful new exhibition, Stories of Finnish Art, tells the story of art in Finland

Ateneum Art Museum will open its new exhibition, Stories of Finnish Art, on the museum’s second floor, on 18 March 2016. The exhibition presents well-loved classics alongside seldom exhibited works of art – it is an exhibition of classics with a twist. The exhibition…

Ateneum opens an extensive Japanomania exhibition, providing new insight into the Nordic golden age of art

Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875–1918 opens on 18 February, taking over the entire third floor of the museum. In this extensive exhibition, the opulent decorativeness of international art and design meets the delicate Nordic naturalism. Artists such as Albert Edelfelt, Helene Schjerfbeck, Vilhelm…

The exhibition of sculptor Auguste Rodin opens at Ateneum – the previous Rodin exhibition was seen in Finland in 1965

An exceptional artist, Rodin revolutionised the entire art of sculpture The exhibition of perhaps the world’s best known sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), will open at Ateneum on Friday, 5 February 2016. Rodin, who lived and worked in Paris, brought a whole new character to…

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