Through My Travels I Found Myself

  • 15.11.2019–26.1.2020
Tickets: with a museum ticket
Helene Schjerfbeck: Lukevat tytöt (1907).
Helene Schjerfbeck: Lukevat tytöt (1907). Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen.

The exhibition describes how Helene Schjerfbeck became Helene, and how a talented student grew into one of the most influential artists in our history. The exhibition focuses specifically on Schjerfbeck’s years of travel, during which she stayed in Paris, Pont-Aven in northern France, Fiesole in Italy, and St Ives in England at the end of the 19th century.

The exhibition closes on Sunday 26 January 2020. Extended opening hours on the last two weekends: Tue 10:00–18:00 | Wed, Thu 10:00–20:00 | Fri 10:00–21:00 | Sat–Sun 10:00–20:00 | Mon closed


What was the importance of travel for her work and working methods – and how did it influence her art when she returned to her home country? The exhibition also includes works that have not previously been shown in Finland.

The works in the exhibition include landscapes, still lifes, and depictions of people who were important to the artist. The exhibition also includes 16 of Schjerfbeck’s self-portraits from the period between 1884 and 1945, presented in a chronological order, which makes for an interesting viewing experience. In total, the exhibition features some 130 paintings, drawings and sketchbooks.

An exhibition of works by Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) was shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until 27 October 2019. The exhibition was the first comprehensive overview of Schjerfbeck’s work in the UK. The exhibition that Finns get to see at the Ateneum will be more than twice the size of the one staged in London. It is curated by Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, chief curator at the Ateneum.

Read more from the exhibition’s press release

Take a breather at Café Ateneum during your exhibition visit! Café Ateneum is located on the third floor of the museum for the duration of the exhibitions from 15 November 2019 to 26 January 2020, serving savoury and sweet snacks, including Helene pastries. The café is fully licensed.

While the exhibitions are on, the café will be open from 11:00 until the museum closes. The café is designed in cooperation with the Antiikkiliike Risto Muuri antique shop and the Järvenpään Kukkatalo florist shop.

Note! Due to the location of the café, admission is only for those who have bought a museum ticket. The café accepts reservations for parties of up to 20 people. Reservations:, tel. +358 40 563 8430

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Get more out of your exhibition visit by ordering a guided tour or an exhibition intro!

For groups
During exhibition intro, a guide presents both exhibitions in the museum auditorium with the help of audiovisual materials. Guided tours for this exhibition are held outside museum’s opening hours. Read more about private tours and exhibition intros

For individuals
Free exhibition intros in English are on even-numbered weeks on Sundays at 12:00.

Read more about the services and materials produced for schools. 

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Helene Schjerfbeck lecture: Jeremy Lewison
Sat 16 Nov, 12:00 Ateneum Hall. The Mirror and the Mask. In English. Read more

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