Ateneum Art Museum houses the largest collection of paintings and sculptures in Finland. There are a total of over 4,300 paintings and over 750 sculptures. Ateneum’s collections showcase the development of Finnish art all the way from 18th-century rococo portraiture to the experimental art movements of the 20th century.
Portraits and hunting scenes of the Romantic period, landscapes by artists of the Düsseldorf School, turn-of-the-century Parisian influences, the beginnings of realism, symbolism and the masterpieces of the Golden Age lead us into the beginning of the 20th century which witnessed an expansion in the range of artistic expression.
Art is always in constant dialogue with its social surroundings. International influences are reflected in Finnish expressionism, impressionism, cubism and surrealism. Ateneum’s collections extend to the work of artists who began their career in the 1950s, and the most recent works of art in the collection are from the early 21st century.
Ateneum Art Museum is a part of the Finnish National Gallery together with the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The Collections web service of the Finnish National Gallery provides basic information on the works and artists represented in the collections of these museums.
Read more on the history of Ateneum’s collections.