Collections Exhibition Stories of Finnish Art

The Ateneum Art Museum has the country’s oldest and largest art collection. The collections exhibition presents well-loved classics alongside seldom-exhibited works of art. It draws new parallels and highlights works that have not been on show for a long time.

  • 18.3.2016–31.12.2022
1st floor, 2nd floor
Tickets: with a museum ticket

Beloved classics with a twist

Stories of Finnish Art illustrates the development of art in Finland from 1809 until the 1970s. At the exhibition, the story of Finnish art is juxtaposed with international developments in art and contemporary social events. On display, side by side, are Finnish and international masterpieces from our collections, such as Le Corbusier’s Two Women (1939), Eero Järnefelt’s Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893), Edvard Munch’s Bathing Men (1907–08) and Hugo Simberg’s The Wounded Angel (1903).

The works on display in the halls of modern art highlight the post-Second World War reconstruction period and the emergent media society. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures and prints by Finnish and foreign artists such as Anitra Lucander, Unto Pusa, Ulla Rantanen, Anita Snellman and Sam Vanni.Prints by foreign artists are exhibited on a regularly changing basis. The exhibition also includes Eino Ruutsalo’s experimental films and advertisements.

Accessible information on the exhibition

The display of the artwork varies

NOTE! Its status as a national gallery requires the Ateneum Art Museum to lend its works to other museums in Finland and abroad, and this is one of the reasons why the selection of works on display in Ateneum varies to some extent. At the moment, Vincent van Gogh’s Street in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890) can be seen at the Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki.

Short films related to the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition

A series of short films featuring works in the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition shows familiar classics in a new light. In the films, the camera picks up details on the surface of the works that are not visible to the naked eye. This reveals new aspects of familiar works: brushstrokes, highlight colours and surprising details. There are 13 films in total. 

Watch the movies

Explore the entire art collection 

The works in the collections of the Ateneum, Kiasma and Sinebrychoff art museums can be explored on the Finnish National Gallery website. You can search for works by title, year, artist’s name, or theme. Copyright-free works can be downloaded directly from the website. 

Search the Finnish National Gallery collection

Guided tours

We organise guided tours every week. The tours are included in the price of your entrance ticket, and they are organised in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. Guided tours in English are on even-numbered weeks on Saturdays.

The next guided tours in English

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Guided tour: Stories of Finnish Art

A basic guided tour of the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition. The guided tour participants are introduced to the concept of an art museum, and the phases of Finnish art and artistic life through the Ateneum collection. The tour is a journey through changes in history and visual culture, covering a period of more than one hundred years.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian, French, Italian and Chinese.
Price: €95 + tickets
Group size: Max. 10 persons
Length: 1 h

Exhibition intro: Stories of Finnish Art

Yleisöjohdanto Tove Jansson -näyttelyyn 2014.

Exhibition intro is held in the Ateneum Hall, where you can sit comfortably while listening to an expert present the content and background of the exhibition. Images of the art are displayed at the same time. Following the intro you can enjoy the exhibition at your own pace.

Participants are introduced to the concept of an art museum, and the phases of Finnish art and artistic life through the Ateneum collection.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian, French and Italian.
Price: €75 + tickets
Group size: Max. 18 persons
Length: 30–40 min

Events related to the exhibition

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