Ateneum theme: Colour & Light lectures

You are invited to dig deeper into the themes of the exhibition Colour&Light – The Legacy of Impressionism with the creators of the exhibition.

  • 21.10.2023 at 13–14:15
  • 8.11.2023 at 17–18:15
  • 22.11.2023 at 17–18:15
Ateneum Hall
Tickets: with a museum ticket
Paul Signac: Antibes. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

A series of three lectures 

The lecture on 21 October is in English. The lectures on 8 and 22 November are in Finnish. 

Sat 21 Oct at 13:00, Light and Colour: French Impressionism en plein air 

The lecturer is the senior exhibition advisor, Professor Emeritus Anthea Callen, PhD, who is an international expert on Impressionism. Anthea Callen talks about the beginnings of the world’s most famous artist group and the birth of Impressionism as an art movement. Professor Callen is a long-standing researcher who is known especially as an expert on Claude Monet. She has also written about the painting techniques used by the Impressionists. The lecture is in English.

Wed 8 Nov at 17:00, The heyday of colourism in Finnish art 

Chief Curator Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff

The lecturer is the chief curator at the Ateneum, Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, PhD. What happened in Finnish art, when the eagerness to use stronger and brighter colours spread in a country where earthy colours had generally been favoured? In addition to colours, new subject matter such as gardens, parks and urban landscapes began to occupy canvases. But why did the era of colourist art end already in 1916? In her lecture, Von Bonsdorff focuses on the short but intense era of colourist painting in the history of Finnish art, at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Wed 22 Nov at 17:00, Impressionist art at the Ateneum in 1904 

Portrait of Ateneum's museum director Marja Sakari. Woman smiling, looking at the camera.

The lecturer is the director of the Ateneum, Marja Sakari, PhD. An exhibition of Impressionist art was held in Helsinki 119 years ago. In her lecture, Marja Sakari talks about the exhibition seen at the Ateneum at the time, the reception it received, and its significance for artists in Finland.