Dialogue: Elina Brotherus and Hannele Rantala

The exhibition is based on the long friendship between the photographic artists Elina Brotherus (b. 1972) and Hannele Rantala (b. 1952), and the discussions between the two friends about art. The works are based on the assignments and messages exchanged between the two artists that each interpreted in their own way. The assignments have been set in the spirit of Fluxus and poetry.

  • 11.2.–27.3.2022
3rd floor
Tickets: with a museum ticket
Two woman in a pink-coloured museum gallery with old portraits.
Elina Brotherus & Hannele Rantala: Art Lovers in a Museum (2020). Private collection.

Inspired by correspondence between the artists

The body of works on show continues the dialogue between the artists, which was first presented in the form of an exhibition at the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte in 2009. The exhibition features approximately 170 new prints, as well as installations. Together with the artists, the exhibition is curated by the director of the Ateneum Art Museum, Marja Sakari, and the chief curator, Sointu Fritze.

Along with the works by Brotherus and Rantala, a number of forgotten woman photographers are highlighted. Brotherus and Rantala chose inspirational images from the archives of the Finnish Museum of Photography and the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland to engage in dialogue with their departed colleagues. These photographers, who worked in the early 20th century, include Emmi Fock, Nancy Pietinen, Hilja Raviniemi, and Petra Tiirikkala, and, above all, the modern woman of Nordic poetry, Edith Södergran.

The exhibition is a natural pairing for The Modern Woman exhibition. The works contain a wealth of references to art history and literature, but they are also strongly linked to the personal and shared experiences of the artists. In the works of the artists, women act both as creators of images and as objects of the gaze.

In cooperation with: the Finnish Museum of Photography

Exhibited at the same time

A guided tour for your group


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Guided tour: The Modern Woman and Dialogue

What opportunities have women had to build careers as artists in Finland? What about femininity and artistry today – how do they fit together? Join us to delve into these issues in a joint guided tour of the exhibitions.

The Modern Woman looks at the role and status of Finnish women artists in the decades of 20th century modernism. Dialogue is based on the long friendship between the photographic artists Elina Brotherus (b. 1972) and Hannele Rantala (b. 1952), and their discussions about art.

The themes of both exhibitions are entwined with a discussion of gender equality and women’s opportunities to make choices.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian
Price: €95 + admission fees, school groups €70.
Group size: 1-20 persons, school groups max. 25 persons
Duration: ca. 1 h

Artworks at the exhibition

Assignment: Choose one or more works by forgotten woman photographers, and create a companion piece.
– Elina & Hannele

Assignment: Choose one or more works by forgotten woman photographers, and create a companion piece.
– Elina & Hannele


Assignment:
Dear friend,
find the water’s edge,
and listen to its sound.

– Hannele


Assignment: Choose one or more works by forgotten woman photographers, and create a companion piece.
– Elina & Hannele


Assignment: Choose one or more works by forgotten woman photographers, and create a companion piece.
– Elina & Hannele