Repin

An exhibition by the international master Ilya Repin presents some of his most famous historical paintings and portraits of major cultural figures of his time, as well as his works from the Ateneum collection. Born in the territory of present-day Ukraine, Repin is Russia’s most famous painter, and he is also loved by the Finns: his studio home was located on Finnish territory, in Kuokkala in Terijoki, between 1903 and 1930.

  • 27.4.–29.8.2021
3rd floor
Tickets: with a museum ticket
Only with an advance ticket

Ilya Repin: Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom (1876). State Russian Museum. © State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

A master of psychological portrayals and depictions of Russian folklife

Ilya Repin (1844–1930) is above all known as a master of psychological portrayals of people and depictions of Russian folklife. The Ateneum is 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. In all, Repin painted more than 300 portraits, including portrayals of many influential women in culture.

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 the first review of Repin’s entire career in Finland in the 21st century. The exhibition features more than 140 paintings and paper-based works spanning a period of more than sixty years. Many of the works are shown in Helsinki for the first time. The Ateneum collection also includes a great number of Repin’s works.

The exhibition is realised by the Ateneum Art Museum and the Petit Palais (Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris/Paris Musées), in collaboration with the State Tretyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum. The curator of the exhibition at the Ateneum is the chief curator Timo Huusko. After its time at the Ateneum, the exhibition will be on display at the Petit Palais in Paris.

The exhibition is 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.

Buy the exhibition catalogue from our web shop

Guided tours and exhibition intros

Order a guided tour for your group

Enquiries and bookings: 
sales@fng.fi  or by phone at +358 294 500 500 from 10:00–14:00 Monday to Friday. 

Virtual guided tour: Repin

Ilya Repin is the most significant Russian artist of his time, and he is also loved by the Finns. Repin is, above all, known as a master of psychological portrayals of people, and depictions of Russian folklife. The virtual guided tour offers treats from Repin’s world of art: during the tour, we explore the artist’s most important works and life stages, and reflect on exhibition themes.

The tour does not take place in the exhibition galleries, but the guide presents the themes and works using a visual presentation. There is an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the tour.

The tour is provided to participants as a guide-led session on Microsoft Teams. There is no need to download the Teams application: you can join the tour using a browser. You can participate in the tour as a group or individually from your own workstation, following the link we provide.

To participate in a virtual guided tour, you need a network connection with a minimum speed of 10 Mbit/s, or a 4G connection. Recording the virtual guided tour is prohibited.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian
Price: €95, for schools €70
Group size: max. 20 people
Duration: 45 min

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.

Groups will be welcome to visit the Ateneum once the strictest coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. Restrictions may have an effect on the group size.

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.

Groups will be welcome to visit the Ateneum once the strictest coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. Restrictions may have an effect on the group size.

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