Repin

An exhibition featuring work by the international master painter Ilya Repin (1844–1930) will be on display at the Ateneum. Repin is Russia’s most famous painter and also loved by the Finns: his studio home was located on Finnish territory, in Kuokkala in Terijoki, between 1917 and 1930.

  • 19.3.–29.8.2021
3rd floor
Tickets: with a museum ticket

teoskuva: Ilja Repin Zaporogit kirjoittamassa pilkkakirjettä Turkin sulttaanille (1880–1891)
Ilja Repin: Zaporogit kirjoittamassa pilkkakirjettä Turkin sulttaanille (1880–1891). Venäläisen taiteen museo. © Venäläisen taiteen museo, Pietari

A master of psychological portrayals and depictions of Russian folklife

Ilya Repin is above all known as a master of psychological portrayals of people and depictions of Russian folklife. The Ateneum will be able to display Repin’s best-known paintings with masterful details, including Barge Haulers on the Volga (1870–1873) and Zaporozhian Cossacks Writing a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan (1880–1891), both from the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The exhibition’s many portraits feature members of the artist’s family, as well as cultural influencers of the time, such as the composer Modest Mussorgsky and the author Leo Tolstoy.

Ilya Repin, the most significant Russian artist of his time, depicted the Russian people, who had been freed from serfdom in the 1860s, as well as the intelligentsia of the era, and the relationship between the people and their rulers. His work has also strongly influenced the Finnish people’s current perception of the essence of Russianness.

The exhibition is organised by the Ateneum Art Museum and Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris/Paris Musées in collaboration with State Tretyakov Gallery and State Russian Museum. More than one hundred paintings and paper-based works will be on display. Works will be on loan from, for example, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, and private Russian collections. The exhibition project at the Ateneum is managed by the chief curator, Timo Huusko. After the Ateneum, the exhibition will be on display at the Petit Palais in Paris.

The exhibition will be complemented by the publication of a richly illustrated exhibition catalogue with articles by experts, to be made available in Finnish, Swedish and English. The publication is edited by the curator Anne-Maria Pennonen.

Guided tours and exhibition intros

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Exhibition intro: Repin

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.

Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian
Price: €5/person + tickets
Group size: Max. 20 persons
Length: 30 min

Guided tour: Repin and the silent galleries

Would you like to enjoy art peacefully? We organize special guided tours of the Ilya Repin exhibition only outside the normal opening hours of the museum, with only three groups in the exhibition galleries at a time.

Ilya Repin, the most significant Russian artist of his time, depicted the Russian people, who had been freed from serfdom in the 1860s, as well as the intelligentsia of the era, and the relationship between the people and their rulers.

Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian
Price: €580 + tickets
Group size: Max. 20 persons
Length: 1 h